The scene where Graham is advised by (top British royal) The Queen Mother to go on a tour of New Zealand while at medical college actually happened in real life. Animators drawing the sequence showed the Queen Mum wearing a wide hat and pale green dress. Subsequently, home movie footage emerged of her visit taken by Graham on the day, in which the Queen Mum is seen wearing an uncannily similar wide hat and pale green dress. The footage appears in the documentary which accompanies the film, called 'Anatomy of a Liar'. See more »
Sigmund Freud's name is misspelled as "Seigmund Freud" in the opening title sequence and closing credits. See more »
Well I have to say that I was rather disappointed with this film. It comes across as disjointed and of varying levels of quality. It certainly never reaches anything like the standards of entertainment of the old Monty Python stuff. Mind you I suppose it is clear that it doesn't set out to or pretend to do that. It is, after all, a film based on Graham Chapman's autobiography.
I did read this book many years ago in part because I and some friends met the man himself back in 1974, and we spent a rather drunken evening together in the bar at the Kingshouse in Glencoe. This episode even gets a mention in the book (page 218), although not in the film; so I have some first hand knowledge of what he was like.
Essentially I reckon the book is an honest and accurate insight into Chapman's life (despite the title), and the film comes across as a project based on the book. The film does some things reasonably well, but mostly it looks like the producers simply farmed out sections of the book to several different groups of students (or maybe recent graduates) of media studies or animation, and then stuck them together using odd snippets of Chapman's own reading of the book.
I watched the film on DVD and found the "additional material" to be considerably more watchable than the film itself, particularly some old 8mm film and the "behind the scenes" stuff on the way the animation scenes were produced!
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