Described by Terry Gilliam as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ meets Psycho’, Tideland is a story that explores the resilience of a child and how she survives in bizarre circumstances. Jeliza-Rose is a young child in a very unusual situation – both parents are junkies. When her mother dies, she embarks on a strange Journey with her father, Noah, a rock’n roll musician well past his time. The film drifts between reality and fantasy as Jeliza-Rose escapes the vast loneliness of her new home into the fantasy world that exists in her imagination. As optimistic as it is surreal, as humorous as it is suspenseful – Tideland is a celebration of the power of a child’s imagination.
Terry Gilliam first came to recognition in 1969 as the only American member 01 the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV Series, part of collaboration with Terry Jones, Mike Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Graham Chapman. His first feature film Monty Python And The Holy Grail was co-directed with Terry Jones and was soon followed by his solo directorial debut, Jabberwocky. Gilliam then went on to direct Time Bandits. After directing the ‘Crimson Permanent Assurance’ opening sequence of Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, he made what many consider his masterpiece Brazil. It was four years before he directed The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, a return to historical fantasy. This was followed by The Fisher King. In 1995 Gilliam returned to the director’s chair with the star-studded science fiction epic 12 Monkeys. He went on to make Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel, for which he also wrote the screenplay. In 2000, Gilliam started production on his lifelong dream, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Unfortunately, severe problems led to the production being shut down within the first weeks of filming, against his wishes. In 2003, prior to filming Tideland, Gilliam directed The Brother’s Grimm slated for a 2005 release. Born in Minneapolis, Terry immigrated to England in 1967, where he resides today with his wile Maggie and three children.