A new by film explores the life of Spike Milligan, right with Peter Sellers, left, and Harry Secombe, centre.
A new by film explores the life of Spike Milligan, right with Peter Sellers, left, and Harry Secombe, centre.

Family twist for new Spike film

By WILLOW ALIENTO

CLUNES based filmmakers Cathy Henkel and Jeff Canin may have a smash hit on their hands with their latest Hatchling Production.

I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan, took the duo two years to create.

The film had its world premiere at the Adelaide Festival last month, and was given a standing ovation.

Early next month, the film will have its eastern states premiere with shows at Byron Bay, Lismore and Ballina.

In a unique twist, the screenings will feature a live appearance by Spike's eldest daughter Laura Milligan, reading from his poetry and letters, and musician Glenn Cardier, who regularly toured with the comic genius.

Hatchling won an IF Award and also Best Documentary at the Tribeca film festival last year for their last documentary, The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face.

In addition to being busy promoting the new film, Cathy Henkel will be a guest speaker at the OzeCulture Conference at Byron Bay on April 7 and 8.

Her partner in life, love and celluloid, Jeff Canin, was recently selected to be one of 16 Australian producers attending Enterprise Tasman, a special project designed to help grow operations like Hatchling as screen industry businesses.



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