What do you call an autobiographical film that bills itself as totally untrue? How about exactly what you would expect from the five remaining members of Britain’s infamous comic troupe Monty Python.
A Liars Autobiography features the voices of Pythons’ John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin as well as the subject of this film, Graham Chapman. The film features 17 different animation styles from 14 different animators. And while the film has already shown theatrically in Britain, we are still waiting to see it on this side of the pond.
Today, Epix announced it will air the film on it’s network on November 2 at 10 PM. Additionally, a new poster and trailer have been released. All are posted on our A Liars Autobiography page.
Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as ‘the dead one from Monty Python’, writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liars 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 Liars 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.