By Tim Saunders on
Two Monty Python stars are set to attend the first ever screening of one of their classic films in a town in which it was banned 30 years ago.
Michael Palin and Terry Jones will travel to Aberystwyth, Wales, on March 28 for the town’s first ever screening of The Life Of Brian. Proceeds from the screening will go to the British Heart Foundation and to Truthout, a website for ethical news.
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.
“It was actually a journalist who pointed out to me that the film had never been shown in Aberystwyth because of the ban,” Jones-Davies told Wales Online. “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, Total Film magazine, Rotten Tomatoes, The Guardian and many other publications.
“I’m pretty sure the event is already a sell-out. Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a beautiful venue and there are only 120 places,” said Jones-Davies. “It will be a great evening and it is about time the film was shown anyway.”
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