People have been complaining about a film portraying Jesus and his disciples as gay men - even though it does not exist. The British Board Of Film Classification said there were ongoing rumours that a movie version had been made of a controversial play called Corpus Christi.
The play, by Terrence McNally, is set in tbe modern-day United States and deals with issues including gay marriage - but has never been made into a film. BBFC senior examiner Craig Lapper said: "I think it was a bit of an internet hoax several years ago, suggesting a film was being made of the play in which Jesus and his disciples were portrayed as homosexuals.
"I can remember replying to people concerned about this blasphemous film back in the late 1990s. This year again, for whatever reason, there was another spike in people writing to us to insist that we ban this terrible, blasphemous film.
"We just had to write back and say 'This film doesn't exist'." The BBFC received six complaints about it in 2011 and another two queries this year, with complainants often asking the board to ban the film on the grounds it is blasphemous and offensive.