Life of Brian to be screened in former church

HE'S NOT THE MESSIAH: The Life of Brian will be shown at the Thomas Memorial Congregational Church. (5200239)

HE'S NOT THE MESSIAH: The Life of Brian will be shown at the Thomas Memorial Congregational Church. (5200239)

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A religious satire film with a controversial history is to have a pre-Easter screening in an old church in Pembrokeshire.

The Life of Brian is being shown by community cinema group Films4Tenby, which hosts regular pop-up events in South Pembrokeshire called Rooms With a View.

After several screenings in Tenby and Manorbier last year - including Jaws at Tenby Harbour - this Easter they are heading to Saundersfoot after being offered the opportunity to host a film-screening in the disused Thomas Memorial Congregational Church.

The former church - opposite Frosts Hardware - has been bought by local developers Jeremy and Nigel Beynon. All of the original features remain, and film-goers will be able to sit on the pews and see the film played out above the altar.

“It’s not often you are given the chance to show whatever you would like in a church setting,” said Films4Tenby organiser Jane Merrony.

“It just seemed an irresistible chance to share something that was once considered so controversial. And with it being Easter, what could be better?”

Monty Python’s The Life of Brian was accused of being blasphemous when it was released in 1979, and banned from being shown in some countries, including many parts of the UK. Written and starring the comedy troupe Monty Python, the film tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as Jesus Christ and gets mistaken for the Messiah.

The film is being shown at 8om on Thursday April 17th at 8pm (tickets £5). On the same day and at the same venue, there will also be a 2pm showing of the children's film, How to Tame Your Dragon, with special Easter-themed snack packs on sale. Tickets £3.

Tickets are available via the website: http://www.films4tenby.wordpress.com

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1:44pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Andrew Lye says...

I have seen the film SO many times and can never understand why it was banned at the time. Several references were made in the film to Jesus, so they were not making fun of Christianity. The complainers at the time probably never saw the film.
I have seen the film SO many times and can never understand why it was banned at the time. Several references were made in the film to Jesus, so they were not making fun of Christianity. The complainers at the time probably never saw the film. Andrew Lye
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5:22am Tue 15 Apr 14

Ginny nz says...

Life Of Brian is Python at it's best . If it's content upsets you or it being shown in an old church offends you , it's quite simple DON'T GO . For those of you why like a laugh and haven't seen the film then give it a go : )
Life Of Brian is Python at it's best . If it's content upsets you or it being shown in an old church offends you , it's quite simple DON'T GO . For those of you why like a laugh and haven't seen the film then give it a go : ) Ginny nz
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