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Chris Morris jihadi comedy is competing at Sundance

Chris Morris in Brass Eye
Chris Morris created controversy with Brass Eye

Brass Eye creator Chris Morris's new comedy film about a group of jihadis has been shortlisted for competition at the Sundance Film Festival in the US.

Four Lions, which depicts British Muslim men training at a militant training camp, is one of the films in the world cinema narrative shortlist.

Morris, whose spoof about paedophilia prompted controversy in 2001, has written and directed the movie.

The Sundance event takes place in Utah from 21-31 January.

A total of 113 films from the US and around the world will be screened at the annual event.

Among the movies in the main competition is Sympathy For Delicious by director Mark Ruffalo, starring Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis.

Duped celebrities

Morris's film, fully funded by Film Four, initially prompted interest from the BBC and Channel 4.

He has said the film shows "the Dad's Army side to terrorism" and reveals its farcical, human dimension.

The satirist's series of Brass Eye, which aired on Channel 4 in 1997, caused a furore by inventing a drug which celebrities were duped into warning against its dangers.

Morris shot to fame with spoof news show The Day Today, which was screened on BBC Two from 1994.

His first venture onto the big screen in 2002 won the Bafta award for short film.

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