BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK: Wales
Front Page 
World 
UK 
England 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Friday, 28 April, 2000, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Archbishop attacks Notting Hill romance
Julia Roberts
The film Notting Hill was used to illustrate the Archbishop's speech
Hugh Grant's "clumsy courtship" of Julia Roberts in the film Notting Hill should not be held up as a great romantic relationship, a church leader has warned.

The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev Rowan Williams, made his comments during a meeting of the Church in Wales's governing body in Lampeter, west Wales.

He attacked the way sex is portrayed in the entertainment industry.


Archbishop of Wales
Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev Rowan Williams

Many people today, he said, regarded sex merely as entertainment to be used for "personal gratification" and in doing so, missed out on its deeper meaning.

Using Notting Hill - a romantic comedy which emerged as the biggest -grossing British film of all time - as an example, Dr Williams said: "Forget the floppy hero and his neurotic film star beloved.

"Look at his married friends, two prosperous young lawyers - but she is paralysed and unable to have children.

"Yet every word and gesture they come out with is full of absolute mutual joy - far more erotic, I'd say, than Hugh Grant's clumsy courtship of Julia Roberts."

Children should be taught not just about the mechanics of sex, but also about deeper loving relationships that can exist between two people, he said.


Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant starred for 'clumsy romance'

"It's not just about information and the technicalities of sex but that we look at some of the great imaginative relationships with sex in literature, drama and film," the Archbishop added.

And in understanding more about "real loving marriages", he believed Christians would get on better with each other.

Dr Williams has spoken out on a number of subjects since his becoming Archbishop of Wales in February.

At his enthronement ceremony he referred to the political battles then taking place in the Assembly by saying society was "seduced" by power.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

27 Aug 99 | Entertainment
Notting Hill breaks film record
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to other Wales stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories