For quizzes hosted 3 Feb - 7 Feb 2020
Hungary is a landlocked country located in central Europe. It borders on Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. The official language is Hungarian and currency used is the Forint. The president is János Áder. Budapest (the capital) is known across the globe for its picturesque castles, hearty goulashes and luxurious thermal baths. Plus Hungary has a very notable cinema industry! Robin Hood (2018), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Red Sparrow (2017) and The Martian (2015) are just some of the many many movies filmed there. Folk-horror Midsommar (2019) was set in rural Sweden, but in reality the film was shot in the Hungarian countryside just outside of the capital city.
Hungary has a rich and unique history and has been under Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, German and Soviet rule. This has given it a very versatile architectural landscape so it can easily be used in films as many other European and fantasy locations. One of such is Sir Terry Pratchett’s two part television film “Going Postal” where Budapest became the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork. Terry himself even played a cameo in the film.
Sir Terry Pratchett (born Terence David John Pratchett, 1948) was an English humourist, satirist, and author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971 and since then has captivated the heart and minds of countless people off all ages. The final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was published in August 2015, five months after his death. He was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998. Most notably, he was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours.
After a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Pratchett died on 12 March 2015, aged 66. Eric Idle (of Monty Python and various other projects) voiced the part of Rincewind in both the Discworld and Discworld 2 video game (Based off the works of Sir Pratchett).
Monty Python, formed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, also hailed from Britain (with the exception of American Terry Gilliam) and were renowned for their unique and out of the box comedy. So much so that the word “Pythonesque” now exists in some dictionaries because no other word fits quite right to explain the absurd comedy they were best known for.
The Pythons started with the sketch show “Monty Python’s flying circus” in 1969 and later moved on to Movies such as “Life of Brian” (1979), “The Quest for the Holy Grail” (1975) and “ Meaning of Life” (1983). “Life of Brian” caused a lot of controversy and debate at the time of its release, drawing accusations of blasphemy. The films funding from EMI films was withdrawn mere days before the start of filming. Luckily long time Python fan George Harrison (former Beatles member) financed the film himself through his company “HandMade films”.
Sadly Graham Chapman passed away in 1989 and 2020 brought the death of Terry Jones. Graham was most well known for being cast as the leads in most of their movies, while Terry directed them.
I thoroughly recommend a Python binge night (or week), a trip to Hungary and a literary dive into the work and mind of Sir Terry Pratchett. But whatever you do, just keep quizzing.
-Quiz master Ildi