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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Mercury » 05 Mar 2011, 20:05

All that is just ridiculous and Salo doesn't contain child sexual abuse. But they certainly have it in for the film over there by people who have got nothing better to do, they're obviously worse than The Mail. Back in the 70's Mary Whitehouse's organisation was constantly putting a lot of pressure on the BBFC, this resulted in local councils banning films.

After re-watching Salo recently,I have to say it's a film I cannot stand but I don't think it should be banned.

Over here once a film has been passed for DVD it cannot then be banned just because a number of individuals find it offensive.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Bosch » 05 Mar 2011, 20:51

It is ridiculous. This time I believe SALO will remain classified R 18+. The board's own pitch at the hearing acknowledged subjective judgements being made, but it also said the players were "sexual mature" and therefore not really children.

The downside is that the Christian lobby groups are very shrew with their campaigns. Their approach is to quote the government's own laws back at them, particularly those that define the R 18+ and refused classification grey area.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Mercury » 04 Aug 2012, 13:10

The OFLC have just banned Ryan Nicholson's 2009 film Hanger. See Refused Classification.

Well I can't say I'm surprised as it is a very unpleasant/exploitative film. Never been submitted to the BBFC. The shock scene in the film is the hanger/mutilation/murder scene of the pregnant woman. Once the censors have seen this scene that would put an end to it's chances of classification.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Bosch » 04 Aug 2012, 15:01

Thanks for the news. So much for Australia becoming more progressive in the censorship stakes.

I saw A SERBIAN FILM, and I dare say the scene you mentioned in this film will be on par with certain scenes in A SERBIAN FILM. In other words, it will never be shown in Australia uncut.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Mercury » 02 Nov 2012, 20:33

Now FATHER's DAY (2011) has been banned in Australia. Wow what an amazing decision, wasn't even cut by the BBFC. They really are getting strict over there.

Yes I've seen the film, it is very violent but a rejection is ridiculous. It's tame compared to Hanger.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby ClarenceJBoddicker » 03 Nov 2012, 19:33

I found it interesting that they gave an MA rating to the Mexican crime film El Infierno, which received an NC-17 in the US ("for some graphic violence and explicit sexual content"). In this case, the Australian board was correct, as the film is extremely tame. A shockingly regressive decision from the MPAA.

Unrelated, but I just found out that the uncut Straw Dogs is rated 16 in Germany, as is The Wild Bunch. An episode of the TV series Lost got an 18 there for an off-screen torture scene. It's easy to complain about the BBFC until you look at nonsense like this.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Mercury » 07 Mar 2013, 12:47

Mercury wrote:Now FATHER's DAY (2011) has been banned in Australia. Wow what an amazing decision, wasn't even cut by the BBFC. They really are getting strict over there.

Yes I've seen the film, it is very violent but a rejection is ridiculous. It's tame compared to Hanger.


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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Bosch » 16 Apr 2013, 11:55

My new Aussie censorship Facebook page...

http://www.facebook.com/MediaCensorshipInAustralia

This follows on from my 1990s fanzine and my 2000s website. :?
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Luke » 18 Apr 2013, 13:50

Thanks for the link Bosch :)
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Mercury » 13 Aug 2013, 16:37

Baise Moi banned again in Australia on DVD.

Uncut here.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Luke » 13 Aug 2013, 18:47

Dont think Ive read about a film getting banned twice in the same country befor. Never even watched Baise Moi so cant really pass comment on it.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Bosch » 13 Aug 2013, 21:33

Luke wrote:Dont think Ive read about a film getting banned twice in the same country befor. Never even watched Baise Moi so cant really pass comment on it.


Any title can be resubmitted for classification, months or years apart, the same version or different (shorter) versions.

BAISE MOI was last "banned" in 2002 and again in 2003 (Customs seizure).

A point I made in my Facebook update yesterday was that the UK had passed it this year uncut with 18 for Arrow. :x
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Luke » 14 Aug 2013, 20:18

Any title can be resubmitted for classification, months or years apart, the same version or different (shorter) versions.


I know this happens with films. But how can they ban it again when it was already banned to begin with?.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Mercury » 15 Aug 2013, 06:57

By the film being resubmitted, Luke. Each time a film is re-submitted they have to decide if it is now acceptable, if not then it may be banned again.

The Trip and Last House on the Left were banned here 3 times each.
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Re: Films banned in Australia

Postby Bosch » 15 Aug 2013, 09:58

Mercury wrote:By the film being resubmitted, Luke. Each time a film is re-submitted they have to decide if it is now acceptable, if not then it may be banned again.

The Trip and Last House on the Left were banned here 3 times each.


Yes, what Merc said.

Any censorship body will impose a ban as at a point in time. It remains "banned" until someone resubmits it and the board pass it.

In terms of Customs and enforcement in countries like Australia, New Zealand, and UK, border authorities can seize any suss-looking movie, banned or otherwise. But even then, at least in Australia, they will still send them to the censors for a classification response (illegal import or not illegal import). This is what happened to me. In my case, Customs sent VHS tapes to the censors. Each tape had two movies on it. So the censors banned a tape, not a film. Note that customs officers watched the tape in fast forward first to sort out the extreme stuff from the other.

If someone gets BAISE MOI seized next year by Customs and the Aussie censors don't deem it banned (for some reason), is the movie still "banned"? Probably not (in theory), but nobody would know about it, and no distributor would release it without submitting it for classification themselves (and incurring the hefty fee) to get an official rating. Then again, different censors may decide to ban again. Pffft....fuck them all!!!

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