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Python stars at movie screening

Terry Jones and Michael Palin
Terry Jones and Michael Palin at the charity screening

Monty Python stars Terry Jones and Michael Palin have made guest appearances at a charity screening in Aberystwyth of the Life of Brian.

The pair joined the mayor of the Mid Wales town, Sue Jones-Davies, who also appeared in the 1979 film.

Jones and Palin said it was wonderful that the film was still hugely popular 30 years on.

It had been thought the film was banned in the town in a blasphemy row but it has since emerged it was shown in 1981.

Long before becoming a civic official, Ms Jones-Davies played Brian's girlfriend, Judith Iscariot, in Life of Brian.

I think it's popular because it is banned - that's the real reason
Terry Jones

Last year, she pledged to fight for the film to be shown when she believed it had not been screened in Aberystwyth before.

However, it later emerged it had been show two years after its release, although few remembered it having been screened.

Jones said: "I think it's popular because it is banned - that's the real reason. But it's wonderful to see it is popular."

Palin said he was still asked by fans of Life of Brian to quote lines from the film.

Referring to one of the film's most famous sequences, he said: "Yes, people do ask 'Could you write Biggus Dickus in a book?' So I write Biggus Dickus and they all go off giggling like mad - easy money."

Ms Jones-Davies came up with the idea of screening the film for charity and invited Jones, who then asked Palin to attend.

Tickets for the movie at Aberystwyth Arts Centre sold out within two days last month.

Arts centre deputy director Louise Amery said: "We've been amazed at the reaction internationally to what started out as just a special screening of Life of Brian with the aim of raising some money for charity.

"Sue has worked amazingly hard on the event and we're hugely grateful to Terry Jones and Michael Palin for their support. It's certainly taken news of Aberystwyth far and wide."

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