“A Liar’s Autobiography” is a comedic, fictionalized biography of Graham Chapman, a member of the Monty Python comedy group who died of cancer in 1989. Prior to his death Chapman was recorded reading excerpts from his book, “A Liar’s Autobiography,” which was a heavily fictionalized account of his life. These recordings are used as the basis for this animated film, which has been called Chapman’s own take on his bizarre life and search for self-knowledge.
Told through 17 different animation styles from 14 different animators, “A Liar’s Autobiography” is a surreal film that also features the voices of most of the other members of the Monty Python troupe. Not a documentary and not a Monty Python film, “A Liar’s Autobiography” nonetheless includes enough Python sketches, songs and references to please even die-hard Monty Python fans. After all, by the movie’s own account, the three most influential aspects of Chapman’s life were “sex, booze and Python!” Much of the visual material in the film illustrates Chapman’s experiences growing up gay in a homophobic environment during World War II, as well as his very heavy drinking.
“A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” was directed by Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson. The animated film is set for a limited release on November 2, 2012 by Trinity, Brainstorm Media. Also features the voices of Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle.