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40 Minutes


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A series of films about our lives - now
Scarfe's Follies with Bob Geldof , Jane Asher Terry Jones , Ian McKellen
Robin Bailey , Julian Glover Marcia Warren , John Bird John Challis , John Watts and Nellie the elephant, Ivy the camel
Gerald Scarfe records the follies of man in his cartoons. Now he wants to create his own folly. But what are follies - and why did eccentrics build them?
Surrounded by high-kicking follies girls and borne by noble beasts, Scarfe sets off on a quest of discovery.
He encounters a naughty vicar who built a folly garden for his gypsy girlfriend; a Welshman who burned his own son; a politician who got voters drunk; a man whose house resembles a jungle; and 'Mad Jack' Fuller, who built a steeple overnight to win a wager, and was buried in a pyramid with a bottle of port and a cold chicken.
Mary and Jeffrey Archer talk about their own folly. And as all the best follies contained a resident hermit, Scarfe advertises for one in the Times - with startling results. Photography CHRIS SEAGER Film editor ROY SHARMAN Written and directed by GERALD SCARFE
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Unknown: Bob Geldof
Unknown: Jane Asher
Unknown: Terry Jones
Unknown: Ian McKellen
Unknown: Robin Bailey
Unknown: Julian Glover
Unknown: Marcia Warren
Unknown: John Bird
Unknown: John Challis
Unknown: John Watts
Unknown: Gerald Scarfe
Unknown: Jeffrey Archer
Editor: Roy Sharman
Directed By: Gerald Scarfe
Editor: Edward Mirzoeff

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