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14/05/01
Python Recoils from British Film Industry
- Gilliam blames lack of talent for Britain's poor showing at Cannes

MONTY PYTHON cartoonist Terry Gilliam lashed out at the UK film industry for failing to have any movies in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gilliam, who is a member of this year's Cannes Jury said: "Perhaps there isn't the talent out there. Maybe I should not say it - but there may not be good enough pictures being made."

This year there are no British films contending for the prestigious Palme D'Or and few are making any inroads behind the scenes, in terms of clinching distribution deals. Gilliam blamed the threatened actors strike as the reason for the lack of film deals. "'I think the jurors are the only people here doing any real work at the moment," he said.

Among the films tipped for the Palme D'Or is animated adventure Shrek, featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy. It is the first time in 50 years that an animated film has been nominated for the award






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