Monty Python in Aberystwyth

Synopsis: In a strange turn of events, Sue Jones-Davies became the mayor of a Welsh town where Monty Python's Life of Brian was still banned - the film where she played the female lead. So she decided to lift the ban. This short documentary takes a look at the controversy at the time.
Genre: Documentary
28 min

we have attitudes, I suppose.

It's our revolution.

We can all do it together!

Among the cast,

alongside the Pythons,

was an unknown young Welsh

actress, Sue Jones-Davies,

who was cast in the film,

much to her surprise.

I think somebody had dropped out,

because they felt it

wasn't feminist enough,

because she takes her clothes off.

Let me explain.

Your son is a born leader.

Those people out there

are following him.

I was just a jobbing actress,

and because I had the same agent

as Cleese, I was put forward.

It was chance. Life is just chance.

If I'd been with another agent,

I wouldn't have heard about it.

But I heard about it and I was sent,

and I went on the bus.

I remember going, I can't

remember the bus number,

but I remember reading the script

and I was in fits of laughter.

The conductor said,

"What are you doing?"

And I said, "I'm on my way to

this audition and it's so funny."

And he said, "Good luck."

I got off and went for the audition

and eventually found out

I'd got the part.

More of Sue later.

1979, and as Margaret Thatcher

comes to office in the UK,

The Life Of Brian

opens first in America,

and immediately provokes

complaints and outrage

from a range of religious groups

for its supposedly

blasphemous portrayal

of the life of Jesus Christ.

Actually, the first people

to protest against the film

was the New York Association

of Rabbis.

That was a surprise

because, you know,

rabbis complaining about this film?

I wasn't aware it was going

to be quite that controversial

because you don't see

the whole picture.

You do a scene and you're not seeing

the overall finished product,

so the bits you were doing,

we just thought they were fun.

I suppose I was a bit naive to think

it wasn't going to be controversial.

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