|William Telford and me|
Just as compelling was the second paper, "Monty Python's Life of
|Philip Davies and James Crossley|
The last session of the day kicked off with a fascinating piece by David Shepherd, who explored another Biblical parody, Wholly Moses, starring Dudley Moore, which was something of a critical and commercial failure. Shepherd showed several clips and explored the difficulties with the film. The second of his clips, in which Dudley Moore as Hershel "does God" after having come down from the mountain, I found hysterically funny, so much so that when my head fell backwards I knocked someone's bag off their desk. The last paper of the day was given by Aaron Rosen, who talked about "Sonofagod: Images of Jesus in Contemporary Art".
There was just enough time in between the end of the formal programme and the conference banquet for a swift pint in a German style bierkeller with big screens showing the World Cup, and we just caught Argentina beating Iran 1-0 in the closing minutes.
The conference dinner took place in the Inner Temple Hall, and was hosted by Robin Griffith-Jones. Earlier in the day, Richard Burridge had mentioned that he would try to get a chance to introduce me to John Cleese, and I was delighted that he did so. Here, for posterity is the pic.:
|Richard Burridge, John Cleese, me|
Sadly, this wrapped up my attendance at a wonderful conference. I had a conference in Roskilde, Denmark, to get to, on Luke's Rewritten Bible (on which, more anon), so I jumped on the tube to Victoria and the train to Gatwick, in time to grab a couple of hours' sleep before my early morning flight.
The conference did continue today (Sunday) with several great speakers including A-J Levine, Adele Reinhartz and Bart Ehrman. I would also really have liked to hear Richard Burridge's talk about the Malcolm Muggeridge and Bishop Stockwood programme. Perhaps I'll be able to catch up via the conference video. As far as I could tell the whole thing was being video-ed.
This pic. is nicked from the T & T Clark twitter feed, via Jim West's blog, and depicts Joan Taylor interviewing film editor Julian Doyle:
|Joan Taylor and Julian Doyle|
Did I mention that I met John Cleese?