Terry Gilliam‘s first solo outing as a director, Jabberwocky is a messy medieval fantasy that is bursting at the seams with mud, grime and gore. There are a fair few chuckles, too, as Michael Palin’s ambitious but dim-witted cooper’s apprentice, Dennis Cooper, leaves his village to seek his fortune in the city. There he finds crowds of peasants trying to escape from the Jabberwock, a hideous monster that is ravaging the countryside. Amid a roster of British comic talents, including Max Wall (as King Bruno the Questionable), Warren Mitchell, Rodney Bewes, John Le Mesurier and Harry H Corbett, Gilliam displays the visual flair that would become his trademark. This LFF screening showcases the film’s new 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by Gilliam himself.
Jabberwocky screens at BFI Southbank NFT1 at 6pm tonight and at the Vue Leicester Square a at 2.30pm on Friday 6th October.