British Comedy Guide

Hand Made Films

Hand Made Films.

Styled at different times as HandMade, Hand Made and Handmade, the company was founded out of former Beatle George Harrison's friendship with Eric Idle and the Pythons' need of financing for Monty Python's Life Of Brian after EMI pulled support from the project.


Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
Film A Private Function. Image shows from L to R: Gilbert Chilvers (Michael Palin), Joyce Chilvers (Maggie Smith). A Private Function Film Satire about food rationing and social climbing, set amidst post-war austerity Britain.
Film Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Monty Python And The Holy Grail Film The Monty Python team put their own spin on the Arthurian legends.
Film Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl. Image shows from L to R: Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese. Copyright: Hand Made Films. Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl Sketch Show Live concert performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 by the Monty Python team, comprising of the best sketches from their TV series.
Film Monty Python's Life Of Brian. Copyright: Hand Made Films. Monty Python's Life Of Brian Film Biblical movie satire focusing on the life of Brian Cohen, a man born into Roman-occupied Judea who reluctantly finds himself mistaken for the Messiah.
Film Nuns On The Run. Image shows from L to R: Charlie McManus (Robbie Coltrane), Brian Hope (Eric Idle). Copyright: Hand Made Films. Nuns On The Run Film Film starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane as a pair of gangsters desperate to go straight, against their gang boss's wishes.
Film The Missionary. Charles W. Fortescue (Michael Palin). Copyright: Hand Made Films. The Missionary Film Michael Palin stars as a clergyman withdrawn from Africa to save the fallen women of London's East End.
Film Water. Governor Baxter Thwaites (Michael Caine). Copyright: Hand Made Films. Water Film Comedy about the inhabitants of a small British Caribbean island whose world is changed when an American oil company strikes mineral water.
Film How To Get Ahead In Advertising. Dennis Bagley (Richard E. Grant). Copyright: Hand Made Films. How To Get Ahead In Advertising Film Satire on advertising, starring Richard E. Grant as an ad man in the midst of a breakdown.
Film Privates On Parade. Major Giles Flack (John Cleese). Copyright: Hand Made Films. Privates On Parade Film Comedy about a concert party entertaining British troops in Malaysia, 1947.
Film Withnail & I. Image shows from L to R: I (Paul McGann), Withnail (Richard E. Grant). Copyright: Hand Made Films. Withnail & I Film Film following the drink-and drug-fuelled misadventures of two struggling actors in a squalid London flat and an isolated Lake District cottage.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
1990 Film Film Nuns On The Run
1989 Film Film How To Get Ahead In Advertising
1987 Film Film Withnail & I
1985 Film Film Water
1984 Film Film A Private Function
1983 Film Film The Missionary
1982 Film Film Privates On Parade
1975 Film Film Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Distributed films

Year Title
1982 Privates On Parade