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LOST IN LA MANCHA (2002) - Terry Gilliam Season

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  • dir. Keith Fulton and Lois Pepe
  • year. 2002
  • country. USA
  • run time. 93 mins
  • cert. 15

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 2pm - Film 3pm


‘Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!’ proclaims Terry Gilliam as he realises his production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is falling apart around him. Created 16 years ago, the documentary Lost in La Mancha was originally designed as a behind-the-scenes film to accompany Gilliam’s feature, but once it looked like Don Quixote was going to be abandoned, the documentary was released as a separate project. It offers a fascinating and unique insight into the trials and tribulations of film-making and the frustrations faced by a modern creative genius.

It's particularly interesting to look back at this film in 2018 as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally in post-production (trust us – we’ve had it confirmed from Gilliam’s agent!) and could be on our screens later this year. Gilliam is not the only director to have had issues with Don Quixote, Orson Welles famously spent years trying to conquer his fated film. Perhaps it’s a sign of creative genius, nevertheless, unlike Welles it seems Gilliam has actually won his battle.

You can grab tickets to the other films in our Terry Gilliam season here: 

Vividly showing the curse of Quixote in action, Lost In La Mancha is a tantalising vision of an unmade masterpiece
— Empire
A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day
— Washington Post
There’s no shortage of disaster stories in the history of film production, but none have been recorded with such frankness, immediacy and aching sense of disappointment as in “Lost in La Mancha”
— Variety
Earlier Event: May 4