Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Brian's Life to boost the BHF

We're delighted to have been chosen to benefit from the proceeds of a very special film screening taking place in Aberystwyth later this month.

It'll be the first time the Monty Python classic The Life of Brian (pictured right) has ever been shown in the town, since it was banned for being "blasphemous" when first released 30 years ago - a move also taken by other UK cities and towns at the time.

Two Python stars who appeared in the original film, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, are due to attend the screening, the profits of which will come to the BHF.

The screening is being made possible by Sue Jones-Davies, who played Brian’s girlfriend in the cult movie and is now mayor of the Welsh town.

She said: “It was actually a journalist who pointed out to me that the film had never been shown in Aberystwyth because of the ban.”

“We decided that we might as well go on with it and see if we could arrange a screening in Aberystwyth.“

The film was first banned because of its comical portrayal of Jesus and alleged blasphemy. It has since gone on to be voted the greatest comedy film of all time by Channel 4, The Guardian and many other film critics.

“I’m pretty sure the event is already a sell-out. Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a beautiful venue and there are only 120 places,“ Mrs Jones-Davies said. “It will be a great evening and it is about time the film was shown anyway.”

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