Tuesday 5 March Film Show
Primrose Hill Community Library Film Show presents
Fifth Anniversary gala
Life of Brian
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin et al
Directed by Terry Jones
UK 1979 90 minutes
To mark our fifth anniversary, we are hosting a ‘gala’ evening with Prosecco, a pianist and a Python!
When Life of Brian was released 40 years ago this year, it promptly unleashed a furore that saw the film condemned on grounds of blasphemy and resulted in it being banned in parts of Britain and the whole of Ireland and Norway. In the US, protesters picketed cinemas.
Today, however, the film is regularly touted as the funniest British comedy of all time, and has been affectionately quoted even by god-fearing Tony Blair (who in his 2004 Labour party conference speech referenced the “What have the Romans ever done for us?” scene). The anarchic movie tells the story of an ordinary chap called Brian Cohen who is constantly mistaken for being the long-awaited Messiah. His misfortune is that he is born at the same time as – and in the next stable to – Jesus Christ. Extraordinary events follow!
We are delighted that Sir Michael Palin, one of the film’s creators, has kindly agreed to introduce the screening.
Doors open 7.00pm, Introduction 7.45pm, Film 8.00pm £8.00, in cash, including a glass of wine. Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.