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A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY - THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON'S GRAHAM CHAPMAN (2013)

A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY - THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON'S GRAHAM CHAPMAN <span>(2013)</span> artwork

A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY - THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON'S GRAHAM CHAPMAN (2013)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 85

Release dates 08/02/2013

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, sex and sex references

Genre(s) Comedy, Animation

Director(s) Jeff Simpson,Bill Jones,Ben Timlett

Cast includes John cleese, terry Gillian, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Philip Bullcock

Summary 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 Liar's 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 Liar's 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.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 29/01/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY - THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON'S GRAHAM CHAPMAN is an animated comedy based on the autobiographical memoir of the late Monty Python member Graham Chapman. It charts key periods in his life from childhood, through his teens and young adulthood, to alcoholism, life as a 'Python' and beyond. It was rated 15 for strong language, sex and sex references.

The film contains about a dozen uses of strong language, none of which are particularly aggressive.

The sex scenes are animated and occur during Chapman's period of alcoholism. We see him take women back to his hotel room where they straddle him, with some breast and pubic hair nudity. We also see an orgy scene while Chapman reads out his alternative Biblical code that talks about sex being for fun rather than procreation. We see various images of sexual thrusting and there are a number of briefer sexual moments, including Chapman's relationships at Cambridge and his early homosexual experiences, one of which results in cream being squirted over a cake, with a joke being made about the obvious visual metaphor. However there is no strong nudity or genital detail and the tone is comic.The sex references include a rendition of the Python song 'Sit on my Face', which celebrates oral sex, and another song about Sexually Transmitted Infections which is medically accurate rather than gratuitously sexual. The humour is unlikely to confound the expectations of fans of Chapman's work and that of the Monty Python team.

The film also contains some comic animated violence, such as sight of a man eating himself. It is clearly ridiculous and excessively bloody in the tradition of 'over the top' comedy. There are also uses of mild and moderate bad language, including 'twat'.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.

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Details

Formats
Cinema, DVD
Distributor(s)
Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Classified date(s)
08/01/2013
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF292871

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