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

deficient school.

There's nothing

in this little squalid number

that could possibly affect anybody

because it's too 10th-rate for that.

I know you're going to say Brian

isn't Jesus, but that's rubbish.

That's unfair.

A lot of people looking in

will think we have ridiculed Christ,


Christ is played by an actor,

Ken Colley.

He speaks the words

from the Sermon on the Mount.

He's treated respectfully.

The camera then pans to the back of

the crowd

to someone who shouts, "Speak up"

because they cannot hear him.

It that undermines one's faith

in Christ...

Of course it doesn't undermine it.

I started off by saying that this is

such a 10th-rate film

that I don't believe it'd disturb...

You started with an open mind.


You have succeeded

in reducing something

which has inspired the greatest art

into something which is presented

in terms of the lowest art.

That's where they got it

completely wrong.

We had been thoughtful about it

because we'd read up

and taken it quite seriously.

The film was based on things that

we'd read about the period.

There was Messiah fever in Judea

at the time,

so lots of people were being

mistaken for Messiahs.

I'm not the Messiah.

I say you are, Lord, and I should

know - I've followed a few.

All you've done is to make a lot of

people on a cross

singing a music hall song.

I mean, it's so disgusting,

when you think of it.

You keep making the assumption

that we are ridiculing Christ

and Christ's teaching.

And I say that we are not.

The message is...

What are the words?

"Work it out for yourself."

Don't let anyone tell you

what to do.

I thought, yes, this is what I

would've said about religion

or people's beliefs that are a bit,

to me, misguided or...

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