Some of the country's top animation studios joined forces to bring Graham Chapman's absurdist autobiography to life in a stunning 85-minute feature film. A new exhibition celebrates their work
"Good riddance to him," John Cleese said at his memorial service, in 1989, "the freeloading bastard." A decade later, his "ashes" were kicked around onstage at a comedy festival in Aspen. It's with this kind of irreverent reverence the animated story of Graham Chapman's life was also approached.
A Liar's Autobiography – described as "one untrue story" about a "true comic genius" – is adapted from Chapman's fictionalised autobiography, following him from his student days at Cambridge to worldwide fame with Monty Python.
The Animate Chapman project saw 14 animation studios – including Trunk, Peepshow and Cake – team up with five Pythons – Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese and "the dead one" – to create an 85-minute feature spanning 17 different animated styles.
To celebrate the opening night gala of A Liar’s Autobiography, LOCO are holding a four-day animation exhibition at the BFI Southbank. Running from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 January, 12-6pm, it showcases the work of all the British animation teams involved in bringing the Animate Chapman project to life, with original Monty Python memorabilia also on display.
A Liar's Autobiography will be in cinemas from Friday 8 February and available on demand and on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 18 February. Don't miss it!