World-first documentary feature on comic genius Spike
Milligan plays at Melbourne International Film Festival
Following its resounding world premiere at the Adelaide
Film Festival, an award-winning documentary profiling the
personal life of comic genius Spike Milligan will have its
Melbourne premiere on 31 July 2005.
The documentary – "I Told You I Was Ill: The
Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan" - was produced by
the award winning team of Jeff Canin and Cathy Henkel from
Clunes, and directed by Henkel.
It features world-first footage of Milligan’s past,
revealing him as a brilliant, tortured and visionary man
who trod the line between genius and debilitating manic
The documentary premieres as part of the Melbourne International
Film Festival at 3pm on Sunday 31 July and is part of a
multi-platform project that also includes a web site and
DVD. Prior to this, there was no official Spike Milligan
web site, so this project has been and will continue to
be landmark in creating one.
Henkel said the documentary was "as an intimate and
deeply personal portrait of comic genius Spike Milligan,
told through the eyes of his brother, three daughters and
"It also shows never before seen footage of his family
home in Woy Woy, near Sydney, where Spike’s parents
lived for about 40 years, as well as Milligan’s old
home movies shot in New South Wales," she said.
"Thanks to his family’s decision to open their
personal archives, we’ve been given a greater insight
into the man who forever changed English comedy and trampled
on the notions of decorum and deference."