Council lifts 'Life of Brian' ban
Wednesday 24 September 2008
The famous Monty Python comedy The Life of Brian is to be screened for the first time in a holiday resort after a council ban was declared void, it was announced today.
The classic film, released in November 1979, was effectively banned in Torbay, south Devon, when the local authority voted that the 15 certificate was not strong enough and that it should be given an 18 rating.
Distributors Cinema International Corporation refused to change the film and said it would not be shown unless it was unedited and carrying the original certificate.
No compromise was reached and the film was never shown but now Python fans will finally get a chance to watch their heroes on the big screen at the English Riviera International Comedy Film Festival.
The Life Of Brian won an online poll to be shown at the festival and, after taking legal advice, Torbay Council deemed the previous ruling redundant.
A spokeswoman said: "At the time the council had powers to look at the age ratings of films.
"There was quite a lot of opposition from residents who felt quite strongly that the film should be an 18 certificate.
"The members approved, they felt it should be an 18 to protect the people in Torbay.
"The council do not have those powers any more and therefore the decision relating to the previous screening of the film is void."
Matt Newbury, one of the team organising the festival, said: "We only became aware that there could be a problem after an informal chat with our MP Adrian Sanders, who remembered that the film had in effect been banned all those years ago."
Torbay Mayor Nick Bye said: "The world has moved on. "I haven't seen the film but I welcome its showing on Sunday."
Listen to his collaboration with Naughty Boymusic
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men