Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second film Life of Brian.
Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its centre is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in the stable next door, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine.
The Pythons promptly found themselves in a lot of trouble of course. The film was initially banned in Ireland and parts of the UK. Blind faith, virgin birth, crucifixion – nothing is sacred in this epic send-up of ancient times.
This talk will explore the controversies faced by particular films within Northern Ireland.
If ever a film embodied the anarchic, irreverent spirit of Belfast then Good Vibrations is it.