For centuries (or something) it has been the bane of kid’s summer vacations when the inevitable demand comes down from the ‘rents, “Clean the garage!” Usually a dusty, boring process of throwing away and rearranging old furniture, bags of clothes, and other profoundly uninteresting suburban detritus. Well imagine Terry Gilliam is your Dad- suddenly the job just got a lot more interesting.
In the case of Gilliam’s daughter Holly, she has taken on that exact enviable task…
In October 2011 I took on the mamouth task of organising my father’s archive – all his work from pre-Python days, as a cartoonist, photojournalist & assistnat editor for Help! magazine, through all his original artwork and cut-outs for Python animation, posters, logos and generally everything Python, to his storyboards, designs and sketches for his feature films and other non-film related projects (including his opera of “Faust” and that infamous Nike commercial). Why!? Because I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by my father’s amazing work all my life and I think it should be seen by everyone so I am organising the archive so it can eventually be put in a book and an exhibition. Along the (dusty) way I have uncovered absolute gems. I have set up this blog to share my journey and some of the “gems” I find along the way… Enjoy.
You can visit Holly’s Blogspot right here "Discovering Dad" aka delving into Terry Gilliam's personal archive (@hollydubois)
and begin perusing her great finds!
She’s only just begun and already some fun Monty Python illustrations have come up, along with a box of Gilliam’s early experiments going back to the 1960s. Holly has only just begun, but this is definitely one to keep an eye on.