Born in Minnesota and a British citizen since the late sixties, Gilliam started his career as a cartoonist before becoming Monty Python's resident animator. He developed his unique voice through writing, directing and co-starring with the comedy troupe, subsequently establishing his trademark cinematic vision with films such as Time Bandits, Brazil and Twelve Monkeys as well as the recent The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
I always feel that the film is making itself and I am merely the hand that writes…
In this video, available to watch in full on BAFTA Guru, Gilliam talks to film critic Mark Kermode about his career highlights, and discusses his animation work on Monty Python, working with Johnny Depp on the set of Fear and Lothing in Las Vegas, and his infamous fight with the studios to get Brazil released.
He goes on to talk about the challenges of making The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus after the untimely death of actor Heath Ledger, stating in good humour: “All the problems of the previous films were preparation for this one…”