Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True? Who knows…

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

Anime & Animation | Comedy | 2012

Cast

Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Cameron Diaz, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and more

Synopsis

Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as ‘the dead one from Monty Python’, writes and stars in the story, ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’. He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles. Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film).

Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’, and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman’s voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests.

Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’ is Chapman’s own take on his bizarre life and his search for self- knowledge. Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman a freeloading bastard’. Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title – the most prolific corpse since Elvis.

Producers

Bill Jones, Ben Timlett

Director

Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson


Official Selection 2013
Official Selection, San Sebastián Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Munich International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Planete+ Doc Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Skopje Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Future Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Holland Animation Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Sofia Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, International Animation Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013
Official Selection, Göteborg International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Turin Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Tokyo International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, London Film Festival 2012
Special Presentation, Toronto International Film Festival 2012