Brits on Top Week at Broken Frontier

All week at Broken Frontier will be a veritable treasure trove of articles and interviews focused on British comics, and creators. Saucily called Brits on Top, there’s already an interview with editor Calum Laird about 50 years of Commando Comics, a few creators reminiscing about great British comics (Bananaman! Yay!), Pat Mills talking about 2000AD and oh, so much more. Keep checking in to see what other goodies will show up.

Holy Flying Circus

Being a Brit (by birth, though an Aussie at heart) with Brit parents meant I grew up with an awesome education in English sitcoms. Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf and of course, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. That means that the upcoming BBC film, Holy Flying Circus is good news.

The film focuses on the filming of Monty Python’s 1979 film, Life of Brian. We all remember the, “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”, “blessed are the cheesemakers,” and all that. It’s a memorable film for sure and was surrounded by controversy and protests upon its release. Few of the Christians I know (including myself) actually hate the film. In fact, the Pythons were quite clear about it not being about mocking Christ, and they achieved it. It is a smart, funny and entertaining film.

I’ll certainly be watching Holy Flying Circus, especially as it casts actors as the Python team (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin,etc) and will incorporate animation and puppetry. I’m a sucker for all the behind the scenes stuff too and thoroughly enjoyed the modern interviews with the Pythons on the great Almost the Truth: The Lawyers Cut DVD. See the trailer for that below, including a snippet of the Brian trouble.