Adult Film Censorship: Euro Angels Hardball 6 (1999)


 

 

 

 

Euro Angels Hardball 6: Anal Maniac

Directed by Christoph Clark / 1999 / USA / IMDb

Date: October 2000
Rating:
RC
Time:
90m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
The AXIS Group

 

Date: January 2001
Rating:
RC
Time:
90m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
AXIS (A Division of Adultshop.com)
Comment: Review Board Appeal

In September 2000, stricter guidelines were introduced for the X18+ rating. This resulted in confusion between the OFLC and distributors as to what was now permitted. In November 2000, as a way of clarifying the new standards, appeals against nine RC-ratings were made to the Classification Review Board.

The titles and outcomes were:

 

 

OFLC Report: Reasons for the ban

Board Report T00/3109

REASONS FOR THE DECISION:

In the Board's view this film warrants RC' classification as set out in Part 1a of the Films Table' of the National Classification Code' as it depicts, expresses or otherwise deals with matters of sex in such a way that offends against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should be classified RC.

During the film there are instances in which coarse language is used whilst sexual activity is taking place. Assaultive coarse language used is at the following minutes: 4, 7,12 and 65. The following sexually assaultive language is used: "Fuckin'bitch" and "fucking slut you are". The tone and the context are considered to be sexually assaultive and abusive and in the Board's view cannot be accommodated within the X category and as such warrants RC' classification.

During the film there is a sequence in which two males and two females are dressed in latex clothing with matching face covering head wear, they then proceed to engage in sexual activity, in the Board's view the clothing does not constitute a fetish.

In the Board's view this film is appropriately classified RC'.

 

 

Review Board Report

33rd MEETING
9, 10,17 NOVEMBER 2000
23-33 MARY STREET
SURRY HILLS NSW:

8 DECEMBER 2000 (BY TELECONFERENCE)

PRESENT: Ms Barbara Biggins (Convenor)
Mr Jonathan O'Dea (Deputy Convenor)
Ms Glenda Banks
Ms Joan Yardley
Ms Robin Harvey
Mr Ross Tzannes

APPLICANT: AXIS, a division of Adultshop.com Limited

BUSINESS: To review the decision of the Classification Board to assign the classification RC (Refused Classification) under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to the film Euro Angels Hardball 6 - Anal Maniac.

 

DECISION AND REASONS FOR DECISION

1. Decision

The Classification Review Board decided to confirm the decision of the Classification Board to classify the film Euro Angels Hardball 6 - Anal Maniac RC

 

2. Legislative Provisions

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (the Act) governs the classification of films and the review of classification decisions. The Act provides that films be classified in accordance with the National Classification Code and the classification guidelines. Relevantly. the National Classification Code (the Code) in paragraph 1. of the Table under the heading "Films" provides that films that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified" should be classified "RC."

Further, the Code provides that films that

a) contain real depictions of actual sexual activity between consenting adults in which there is no violence, sexual violence, sexualised violence, coercion, sexually assaultive language, or fetishes or depictions which purposefully demean anyone involved in that activity for the enjoyment of viewers, in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult; and

b) are unsuitable for a minor to see

may be classified "X".

In addition, the

 

3. Procedure

3.1 Six members of the Review Board viewed the film at its meeting on 9-10 and 17th November 2000.

 

4. Matters Taken into Account

In reaching its decision the Board of Review had regard to the following:

(a) the applicant's Application for Review
(b) the film Euro Angels Hardball 6 - Anal Maniac.
(c) written and oral arguments made by Ms Elvis Caneers-Barnes and Mr John Davey on behalf of the applicant
(d) the relevant provisions in the Act
(e) the relevant provisions in the National Classification Code as amended in accordance with section 6 of the Act and endorsed by Censorship Ministers
(f) the current Classification Guidelines for the classification of Films and Videotapes determined under section 12 of the Act.

 

5. Findings on material Questions of fact

5.1 The film has been described as an "All anal sexploit". The Review Board found that it contained real depictions of actual sexual activity.

5.2 The Review Board considered the instances cited by the Classification Board as leading to an RC classification. These were instances where coarse language was used whilst sexual activity is taking place, and occurred at 4,7,12, and 65 mins, being "you're just a fuckin' bitch" and "fuckin' slut you are", or variations of these phrases. The Review Board also noted additional such instances at 79 and 85mins.

5.3 The Review Board found that these instances in their context constituted sexually assaultive language.

5.4 The Review Board also found that the tone of the film and a number of scenes in combination, constituted depictions which purposefully demeaned the female participant(s) for the enjoyment of viewers. Such depictions included a number of scenes of anal sex (in which the female(s) was presented as little more than a pair of buttocks and an anus stretched open towards the camera) and in which the style was that of dominating males using largely passive female(s). These occurred at 9-12 mins, 15mins, 17-18mins, 22mins, 36 mins, 47 mills, 62 mins, 67 mins.

5.5 Furthermore, instances at 36mins and 54 mins (where a solid glass object similar in size to a large wineglass is inserted into the anus), and at, for example, 43 minutes (where a flexible, long (say 25cm), black, sausage shaped, with bulges like golfballs, device was fed into the anus) were additionally found by the Review Board to constitute depictions which purposefully demeaned the female participant for the enjoyment of viewers.

Accordingly, the Review Board concluded that the film was appropriately classified "RC" Refused Classification.

 

6. Reasons for the Decision

6.1 The Review Board based its decision to confirm the Classification Board's decision to classify the film "RC" on its content as described in 5.2 to 5.4 above

6.2 The Review Board found that in the scenes described in 5.2 above, the language used by the dominating male to the female participant, in conjunction with the sexual acts, was in tone and delivery abusive, and constituted sexually assaultive language.

6.3 The Review Board also concluded that the film contained demeaning depictions (as in 5.4 above), having regard to the tone of the whole film, the domination of most of the sexual activity by the male(s), (including the ordering around of the female(s), the lack of much if any active participation by the female(s), the large proportion of shots which failed to give any identity to the females and focused almost soley on their upended buttocks and stretched anus(es). The Review Board concluded that these scenes debased the female participant(s) and were demeaning. Further, these depictions included a number of shots where the female anus was stretched wide open and deliberately pointed to the camera, providing strong indicators that these depictions purposefully demeaned the participant{s) for the enjoyment of viewers.

The Review Board also found as in 5.4 above, that a number of the objects which were pushed into the anus of the upended female(s) were considerably larger than a penis or several fingers, (as might be expected to be used in anal sex). The Review Board found that because of the large size, long length and/or shape of these objects (see 5.4), the actions of inserting these into the anus debased the participants. Further, as these actions were deliberately shown to the camera, the Review Board concluded that these depictions purposefully demeaned the participant(s) for the enjoyment of viewers.

6.4 The applicant argued that the Classification Board failed to

(a) take sufficient account of the nature of the film
(b) take full account of the wording and intent of the Classification Act and the National Classification Code
(c) reasonably apply the Film Classification Guidelines as they relate to sexually assaultive and abusive language.

6.5 The Review Board took the view that in its own considerations

(a) It had fully considered the tone, style, context and content of the film
(b) fully taken account of the wording and intent of the Act, the and the Code
(c) applied in a reasonable manner the Guidelines as they related to sexually assaultive language.

6.6 The Review Board concluded that for the reasons set out in 6.2 to 6.4. above, the film was one which contained sexually assaultive language, and also contained depictions which purposefully demeaned persons for the enjoyment of viewers. As these depictions occur in a film that contains real depictions of actual sexual activity between consenting adults in a way that is likely to offend a reasonable adult, the film cannot be classified X 18+, and is appropriately classified RC Refused Classification.

 

7. Summary

7.1 The Review Board's decision is to confirm the decision of the Classification Board to classify the film Euro Angels Hardball 6 - Anal Maniac. "RC."

This decision is taken after full consideration of the applicant's submission, and after assessing the film as a whole against the relevant legislative criteria, including those contained in the Code, and in the current Classification Guidelines for Films and Videotapes determined under Section 12 of the Act.

Barbara Biggins
Convenor

 

 

AXIS Group: Appeal document to the Review Board

Appeals Documentation
Euro Angels Hardball 6 - Anal Maniac
DIR: Christoph Clarke
Grounds for Appeal

This appeal is against the decision of the Film Censorship Board to refuse to classify the above named film. The grounds for the appeal are that the decision makers:

- did not take sufficient account of the nature of the film;

- failed to take full account of the wording and intent of the Classification Act and, in particular, of the Code attached to the legislation as a schedule; and

- did not reasonably apply the film classification guidelines as they relate to sexually assaultive and abusive language.

In our opinion the film is not so offensive that it falls into the Refused Classification category, and should be given an X classification. It does not offend, in our view, against the stricture that X films should not contain depictions which purposefully use sexually assault language (sexual) activity for the enjoyment of viewers. But rather accommodate coarse language within sex scenes as part of the conventions of representations of adult behavior in such a way as to be able to be accommodated within the X classification.

 

Synopsis

The plot, such as it is, involves the producer/director and a bevy of women who enjoy sexual activity involving anal penetration with a variety of differently sized objects and penis'. Much of Clark's focus revolves around the marveling of the stretched sphincter and in his opinion and presumably that of his viewers, its great beauty in this state. Christoph Clark has produced a large body of work promoting these discourses and actively celebrates the female form and spirit in his tone and dialogue throughout. He often uses bitch and slut as epithets to describe his sexual partners as they themselves do, in a manner which is very tender and respectful, thus becoming just part of the sexual patter. Anal Maniac carries on these conventions in a manner which is not assault and can be easily accommodated within the X classification.

 

Factors supporting the appeal

The nature of the film

It is important to remember that these are adult films dealing with sex and the sexual behavior of consenting adults. Language is laden with cultural interpretations and meanings that shift given the situation, this title is a good example of language which while having a negative connotation also can be used in to the effect of exclamation and reverence within a sexual context.

The Act and the Classification Code

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, Section 9, requires that films are to be classified in accordance with the Code and the classification guidelines.

Section 1 1 (a) and (d) of the Act requires the classifier, in making a decision, to take account of:

(a) the standards of morality, decency, and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults;

and

(d) the persons or class of persons to or amongst whom it is published or is intended or is likely to be published.

We are of the view that, in respect of S I I (a) no reasonable adult would see this as so offensive in relation to community standards that it should be refused classification.

In respect of S 11 (d) people who view this film will be well aware of the conventions attaching to sex films, particularly their function as fantasy, and are not likely to see this as a film, and in particular the offending dialogue as inviting them to take pleasure in sexually assault language, rather to enjoy the sexual banter of the situation and participants.

The National Classification Code (Amendment No.2) requires that: .

Classification decisions are to give effect, as far as possible, to the following principles:

(a) the standards of morality, decency, and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults;

(d) the need to take account of community concerns about:

(i) depictions that condone or incite violence, particularly sexual violence; and

(ii) the use of sexually assault language.

We are of the view that an X classification for this film would give effect to these principles. (NB. We believe that principles (b) and (c) are satisfied in this case by the restricted category into which the material is likely to fall.)

Application of the classification guidelines

 

Conclusion

In conclusion we would reiterate that in our opinion the film Euro hardball 06 - Anal Maniac does not offend against current community standards as it does not depict sexually assault language, rather includes the type of dialogue consistent with intense sexual scenes of this nature where words used to describe a women's sexuality are often appropriated by the women and men to add impact to their sexual intercourse and play.

This language is inherent within the genre of adult film and is often used as in this title in an affectionate and celebratory manner, not as an offensive or abusive tenet. It is worthwhile hazarding caution in making too literal interpretation of the guidelines with regards to this matter as the tone and context of the genre are imperative when analyzing content. While these words can be used as a form of sexual abuse, we actively maintain they are not in this instance and merely become part of the rhetoric that sexualized language includes frequently in its parlance. It should therefore be classified X.

 

Euro Angels Hardball 6: Anal Maniac (1999) - Directed by Christoph Clark


 

 

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