Holy Flying Circus (2011)
Movie: Holy Flying Circus
- Director: Owen Harris
- Stars: Ben Crispin, Steve Punt, Charles Edwards, Rufus Jones, Tom Fisher, Darren Boyd, Phil Nichol, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Micah Balfour, Paul Chahidi, Ian Bonar, Selina Griffiths, Jason Thorpe
- Release Date: October 19, 2011
- Run Time: 89 min
- Genre: Comedy, Drama
In 1979 the Monty Python comedy team return from making their film \’Monty Python\’s Life of Brian\’ in Tunisia. Premiered in America the film is pilloried by ultra-right religious groups for its depiction of Christ. In England the Popular Peoples\’ Church of St Sophia (whose members include a Tourettes sufferer who shouts out swear words) find a copy of the script in a dustbin and lobby the British censor for its suppression,leading to many local councils banning its screening. Death threats follow and Michael Palin – \”the nicest man in Britain\” – has his effigy burned on his front lawn. Finally crazed TV programmer Alan Dick persuades Palin and co-star John Cleese to defend the picture on a late night chat show against the Bishop of Southwark and religious commentator Malcolm Muggeridge. Thanks to Cleese\’s reasoning the Pythons are seen to triumph,winning over the Popular Peoples\’ Church. A later encounter with God will show how the film\’s controversy paved the way for other artistic endeavours which prompted protest. Brilliant characterisations are vitiated by a satirical \’treatment\’ including animated sequences and irritating attempts at surreal wit when a documentary style treatment would have sufficed. Several of the Pythons were hostile to the film,summed up in the floor manager\’s comment. \”Another fantasy sequence…lame\”.