Adult Film Censorship: P


 

 

 

 

Partners Forever

Directed by Brad Armstrong / 2000 / USA / IMDb

Date: May 2001
Rating:
RC
Time:
97m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Adultshop.com

 

Date: September 2001
Rating:
X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
97m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Adultshop.com
Comment: Censored by less than 1m.


 

 

 

 

Peeing in Public 2

Produced by Filmco / 2004 / USA / IAFD

Date: July 2009
Rating:
RC
Time:
98m
Format:
DVD
Applicant:
Australian Customs Service - Investigations
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."


 

 

 

 

Peeing in Public 3

aka Clubgallery.com's Peeing In Public 3

Produced by Filmco / 2004 / USA / IAFD

Date: July 2010
Rating:
RC
Time:
86m
Format:
DVD
Applicant:
Homesafe DVD
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."


 

 

 

 

Penetrating the East 4 - Pickin' Up the Czech

Produced by Wicked Pictures / 1999 / USA / IAFD

Date: April 2000
Rating:
RC
Time:
80m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
The AXIS Group

 

Date: June 2000
Rating:
RC
Time:
78m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
The AXIS Group
Comment: Censored by 2m.


 

 

 

 

Phoenix Rising

Directed by Chi Chi La Rue / 1999 / USA / IMDb

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

 

Date: June 2000
Rating:
X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
82m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
The AXIS Group
Comment: Censored by 8m.


 

 

 

 

Photo Club

Directed by Paul Thomas / 2003 / USA / IMDb

Date: August 2003
Rating:
X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
Unknown
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment
Comment: Submitted on a double-bill with SWOOSH (2003).

 

Date: March 2005
Rating:
RC
Time:
229m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."
Comment:  Submitted as a triple-bill tape with PHOTOPLAY (1995) and AFRICA RISING (1997). It is unclear which title had the problem.

 

Date: June 2005
Rating:
RC
Time:
84m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."


 

 

 

Photoplay

Directed by Layne Parker / 1995 / USA / IMDb

Date: February 1997
Rating:
X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
74m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Las Vegas Video

 

Date: December 1998
Rating:
X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
243m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Las Vegas Video
Comment: Submitted as a four-film tape with NIGHT NURSES (1995), EXPOSURE (1995), and PARTY HOUSE (1997).

 

Date: February 1999
Rating:
R18+ (Mainly concerned with sex)
Time:
230m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Las Vegas Video
Comment: Submitted as a four-film tape with NIGHT NURSES (1995), EXPOSURE (1995), and PARTY HOUSE (1997). Pre-censored by 13m, aiming for an R18+ rating.

 

Date: March 2005
Rating:
RC
Time:
229m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."
Comment:  Submitted as a triple-bill tape with PHOTO CLUB (2003) and AFRICA RISING (1997). It is unclear which title had the problem.

 

Date:  June 2005
Rating:
 X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time:
77m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment


 

 

 

 

The Pin Up

Directed by Guillermo Brown / 2000 / USA

Date: June 2001
Rating:
RC
Time:
85m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment

 

Date: July 2001
Rating:
X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
84m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment
Comment: Censored by 1m.


 

 

 

 

Pirates

Directed by Joone / 2005 / USA / IMDb

Date: March 2006
Rating:
X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time:
Unknown
Format:
DVD
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment

 

Date: April 2006
Rating:
X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time:
Unknown
Format:
DVD
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment
Comment: This was the BONUS FEATURES disc.

 

Date: September 2006
Rating:
RC
Time:
Unknown
Format:
DVD
Applicant:
ACT Office of Fair Trading
Comment: This was the COLLECTORS EDITION (3 DISC SET).

 

Date: September 2006
Rating:
R18+ (Mainly concerned with sex)
Time:
Unknown
Format:
DVD
Applicant:
Gallery Entertainment
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating.

 

When the guidelines for the X-rating were tightened in 2000, it became difficult to include any scenes of violence. The film DREAMQUEST (2000) was banned in 2000, with one of the reasons being a brief moment of violence. The scene was not sexual, but was a necessary part of the plot.

It was described as:

Feet are seen walking in the darkened corridors of the dungeon cells as a male walks up to a. guard and implicitly hits him on the head from, behind, rendering him unconscious. He takes the guard's keys and goes in to rescue Sarah. In the Board's unanimous opinion the hit on the head constitutes an act of violence which is not permissible in a film containing consensual sexually explicit activity and thus warrants an "RC" classification.

The film PIRATES also mixed sex and violence.

 

The following review shows it may have also been a problem title with the OFLC.

PIRATES (2005)
Review by Yasmin Element
Eros Magazine Vol.7 No.3

But with its fantasy driven plot there were initial fears that the long awaited Pirates may never have been classified on Australian shores due its violent action scenes featuring supernatural knife wielding skeletons.

For a film to be rated X by the Office of Film and Literature Classification in Australia it cannot contain any violence – even if the violence is separate from the actual sex scenes, as is the case with Pirates.

But miracle of miracles, the OFLC allowed Pirates to be classified as X rated for Australian audiences on 20th March 2006 for Gallery Entertainment.

So are we led to believe that the OFLC is starting to take artistic merit into account when classifying adult films like they do when looking at mainstream films with sexually explicit content like 9 Songs? Are they just as dazzled with the production value of Pirates as the rest of us, recognising what a monumental step towards the eminent merging of the adult and mainstream entertainment industries it is? I’d like to think that this is the case and that the double standard that exists between adult and mainstream cinema classification is nearly over.

Congratulations to the OFLC for finally recognising dramatic development outside of the sex within adult film.

 

It appears that the film may have been pre-censored in Australia, as the PIRATES COLLECTORS EDITION (3 DISC SET) was banned after this review was written.


 

 

 

 

Pirates 2: Stagnetti's Revenge

aka Pirates 2

Directed by Joone / 2008 / USA / IMDb

Date: September 2008
Rating:  R18+ (High level sex scenes)
Time: Unknown
Format:  DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating. Submitted as PIRATES 2 - STAGNETTIS REVENGE (DISC ONE).

 

Date: November 2008
Rating:  R18+ (Sexual activity and sexualised nudity)
Time: Unknown
Format:  DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Submitted as PIRATES II: STAGNETTI'S REVENGE PHOTO GALLERY (said to be SEXPO 2008 PIRATES PHOTO GALLERY).

 

Date: November 2008
Rating:  R18+ (High level sex scenes)
Time: Unknown
Format:  DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating. Submitted as PIRATES 2 (DISCS 3 AND 4).

 

Date: November 2008
Rating:  X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time: Unknown
Format:  DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Presumably, this was pre-censored to remove violence. Submitted as PIRATES 2 - DISK TWO.

 

Date: September 2009
Rating:  R18+ (High level sex scenes)
Time: 124m
Format:  DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating. Submitted as PIRATES 2.

 

In May 2010, Four Corners interviewed Fiona Patten, where she described the bizarre censorship of PIRATES 2.

Access Denied
ABC Four Corners
May 10, 2010

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: The film [PIRATES 2] has sold millions of copies overseas but you can't legally buy the original DVD in Australia because current classification laws forbid the depiction of any kind of violence in a sex film.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Bizarrely, in sex shops like this one in Canberra it is now sold in two parts. One has the sex - the other the violence.

FIONA PATTEN, AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY: In Australia we're not allowed to show any sort of violence - even though in this film we're talking CGI, we're talking cartoon ghosts, cartoon skeletons fighting and pirates having sword-fights - so all of that sort of action and adventure scenes had to be put into one disc and all of the sex scenes put into another disc. So this is the only country in the world where this film is split like this and has to be seen separately.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: And is the violence sexual violence?

FIONA PATTEN, AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY: There is absolutely no sexual violence in it at all. A film like this would be on millions of websites around the world in- not as two films, just as the one film. So every single one of those websites would have, ostensibly by Australian standards, refused classification material, so would come under the mandatory filter.

JEREMY FENTON, CLASSIFICATION BOARD: Within the context of actual sex, violence cannot be accommodated and therefore the film if it contained actual sex and violence would have been refused classification

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: So you're not talking about sexual violence, you're talking about any violence.

JEREMY FENTON, CLASSIFICATION BOARD: That is what the guidelines state, yes.

FIONA PATTEN, AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY: That was an example of where a very mainstream adult film and adult material comes a cropper in Australia and so would come a cropper under this mandatory filter.

 

Date: September 2010
Rating:  RC
Time: 138m
Format:  DVD
Applicant: Australian Customs & Border Protection Service Qld
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."
Comment: Presumably, this is the uncut hardcore version. Submitted as PIRATES - STAGNETTI'S REVENGE.


 

 

 

 

 

Please 11: Sexual Superstars

Directed by Joey Silvera / 2000 / USA / IMDb

Date: February 2001
Rating: RC
Time: 127m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Adultshop.com

 

Date: April 2001
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 127m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Adultshop.com
Comment: Censored by less than 1m.


 

 

 

 

Porn Wars 2

aka Private Gold 83: Porn Wars Episode 2

Directed by Kovi / 2006 / Sweden / IMDb

Date: October 2006
Rating: RC
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."

 

Date: November 2006
Rating: X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Censored by unknown time.

 

Date: August 2009
Rating: R18+ (Mainly concerned with sex)
Time: 81m
Format: DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating.


 

 

 

 

The Pornographer

Directed by Jane Waters / 1998 / USA / IMDb

Date: June 2000
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 119m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Sandstorm

 

Date: December 2006
Rating: RC
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: NT Police - Darwin
Reason:  Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."


 

 

 

 

Pornstar Superheroes

Directed by William H. Nutsack - Graham Travis / 2010 / USA / IMDb

We have one report from March 2011 of Australian Customs Service seizing a DVD of PORNSTAR SUPERHEROES.

 

Thanks to Raven for sending this information.

A guy on the Aussie Phorums complained that he had a copy of PORNSTAR SUPERHEOES (2010) confiscated by customs in March 2011. He posted this letter that the ACS sent him.

Originally post at phorums.com.au
Dear Sir/Madam

The Australians Customs and Border Protection Service recently examined goods that were addressed to you from overseas.

The importation of these goods, namely One (1) DVD offensive to moral standards of reasonable adults containing violence, weapons and gagging.

DVD Title: “Pornstar Superheroes”, is prohibited unless permission to import the goods has been granted. Consequently, the goods have now been seized as forfeited goods.

Particulars of the seizure are detailed on the enclosed Seizure Notice. Please read this carefully and refer to the ‘Important Notes’ section and the attached ‘Explanatory Notes’. No action is required by you in respect of the Seizure Notice unless you wish to make a claim for the return of the seized goods. If no action is taken the goods will be condemned as forfeited to the Commonwealth.

The importation of prohibited imports can result in serious penalties and/or terms of imprisonment being imposed. It is in your best interest to find out about the import status of goods before importation. On this occasion the Australians Customs and Border Protection Service has made a decision not to take this matter further. However, the importation will be recorded and prosecution action is possible in the future if other prohibited imports addressed to you are intercepted by Customs and Border Protection.

Yours Faithfully,

John O'Brien, Senior Customs & Border Protection Officer
12 March 2011

 

Pornstar Superheroes (2010) - Directed by William H. Nutsack and Graham Travis


 

 

 

 

Portraits in Blue

Directed by Cleo Edwards / 2000 / USA / IMDb

Date: May 2001
Rating: RC
Time: 76m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Gallery Entertainment

 

Date: June 2001
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 70m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Gallery Entertainment
Comment: Censored by 6m


 

 

 

 

Postcards from the Bed

Directed by Cash Markman / 2006 / USA / IMDb

Date: May 2009
Rating: R18+ (Mainly concerned with sex)
Time: 81m
Format: DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating

 

Date: June 2009
Rating: RC
Time: 97m
Format: DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."


 

 

 

 

Pretty Sloppy 4

Directed by Jay Sin / 2011 / USA / IMDb

Date: August 2011
Rating:
RC
Time:
288m
Format:
DVD
Applicant:
Calvista
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."

 

Pretty Sloppy 4 (2011) - Directed by Jay Sin


 

 

 

 

La princesse et la pute

Directed by Marc Dorcel / 1996 / France / IMDb

Date: October 1997
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 140m
Format: VHS
Applicant: The AXIS Group

 

Date: December 1999
Rating: RC
Time: 90m
Format: VHS
Applicant: The AXIS Group

 

Date: October 2000
Rating: RC
Time: 140m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Classification Board (Reclassification)


 

 

 

 

La princesse et la pute 2

Directed by Marc Dorcel / 1996 / France / IMDb

Date: October 2000
Rating: RC
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: The AXIS Group

 

Date: November 2000
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 60m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Adultshop.com
Comment: Censored by unknown time.


 

 

 

 

The Private Adventures of Pierre Woodman 10: Behind the Scenes

aka Adventures of Pierre Woodman: Behind the Scenes

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2005 / Sweden / IMDb

Date: December 2005
Rating: RC
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Calvista

 

Date: February 2006
Rating: X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Censored by unknown time


 

 

 

 

Private Black Label 29: Private Cafe

aka Private Cafe

Directed by Xavi Dominguez / 2003 / Spain / IMDb

Date: January 2003
Rating: RC
Time: 91m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista

 

Date: April 2003
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 131m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Censored by unknown time


 

 

 

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 22

aka Woodman Castings X Number 22: Katarina Martinez

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2000 / Europe / IMDb

Date: July 2000
Rating:
RC
Time:
152m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Stell Bay Pty Ltd

 

Date: August 2000
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
139m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Stell Bay Pty Ltd
Comment:
Censored by 13m

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 22: Katarina Martinez (2000) - Directed by Pierre Woodman


 

 

 

 

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 23

aka Woodman Castings X Number 23: Regina

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2000 / Europe / IMDb

Date: August 2000
Rating:
RC
Time:
141m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Stell Bay Pty Ltd

 

Date: February 2001
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
129m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Stell Bay Pty Ltd
Comment:
Censored by 12m

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 23: Regina (2000) - Directed by Pierre Woodman


 

 

 

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 32

aka Woodman Castings X Number 32: Judith Fox

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2001 / Europe / IMDb

Date: February 2002
Rating:
RC
Time:
157m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Calvista

 

Date: March 2002
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
141m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Calvista
Comment:
Censored by 16m

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 32: Judith Fox (2001) - Directed by Pierre Woodman


 

 

 

 

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 34

aka Woodman Castings X Number 34: Wanda Curtis

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2002 / Europe / IMDb

Date: April 2002
Rating:
RC
Time:
159m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Calvista

 

Date: May 2002
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
138m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Calvista
Comment:
Censored by 21m

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 34: Wanda Curtis (2002) - Directed by Pierre Woodman


 

 

 

 

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 43

aka Woodman Castings X Number 43: Monica Moore

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2003 / Sweden / IMDb

Date: February 2003
Rating:
RC
Time:
172m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Calvista

 

Date: February2003
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time:
142m
Format:
VHS
Applicant:
Calvista
Comment:
Censored by 30m

 

Private Castings by Pierre Woodman 43: Monica Moore (2003) - Directed by Pierre Woodman


 

 

 

 

Private Erotica 20: Cape Town

aka Cape Town

aka Private Gold 5: Cape Town

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 1996 / Sweden / IMDb

Date: May 1996
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 143m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Private Australasia
Comment: Submitted as PRIVATE GOLD 5: CAPE TOWN

 

Date: November 1996
Rating: M (Low level sex scenes)
Time: 24m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Private Australasia
Comment: Submitted as PRIVATE GOLD 5: CAPE TOWN

 

Date: March 2000
Rating: RC
Time: 95m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Stell Bay Pty Ltd
Comment: Submitted as PRIVATE EROTICA 20: CAPE TOWN


 

 

 

 

Private Fetish Machine 10: The Wild Circle

aka The Wild Circle

Directed by Susi Medusa Gottardi / 2003 / Sweden / IMDb

Date: March 2003
Rating: RC
Time: 97m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista

 

Date: April 2003
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 95m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Censored by 2m


 

 

The Private Gladiator

aka Private Gold 54: The Private Gladiator

Directed by Antonio Adamo / 2002 / Spain / IMDb

Date: May 2002
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 100m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista

 

Date: June 2002
Rating: RC
Time: 117m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: This is the EXTENDED VERSION

 

Date: June 2002
Rating: R18+ (Medium level sex scene)
Time: 13m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Chuck Chaos says:
This was created as a sort of TEASER or extended trailer, this then was given away in Adult shops for free with the sale of other PRIVATE video lines. This was all done as Gladiator was the first Adult film made with a budget of over 1 million dollars, so you can imagine the amounts they would have to sell to recover and break even.
The publicity blitz on this film was unheard of back in I believe 2002 when released. Calvista hired big screens for many Adult Stores (larger ones) and they played this 13 min tape on a continuous loop as the viewing of an X Rated version in a porn shop would be illegal as only R rated can "Technically" be shown (even though we know it doesn't always work that way.)
This in all honesty is an extended trailer and a making of tape, but is still titled "The Gladiator" with no mention in the title to it being otherwise.

 

Date: July 2002
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 117m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Censored by unknown time. Submitted as PRIVATE GOLD 54 - EXTENDED VERSION RE-EDITED


 

 

 

 

Private Gold 41: Madness

aka Madness

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2000 / Spain / IMDb

Date: April 2000
Rating: RC
Time: 148m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Stell Bay Pty Ltd
Reason: Board Report T00/819 - In the Board's view, the film warrants an RC classification. In accordance with 1 (a) of the film and video table of the National Classification Code, this film "...,...deal(s) with matters of sex..... 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 be classified RC.

The film revolves around the story of a woman seeking revenge on a man who had her committed to a mental asylum. She traces him to his home and employs a prostitute to have sex with him. She then has him arrested for an invented rape,

There are two depictions of sexualised violence which occur at the following intervals:

At approximately 70-75 minutes, Cheryl has persuaded a man she has had sex with to seduce his maid. She watches them for a short time, and then she leaves the room and gets a long bladed knife from the kitchen- She walks back up the stairs and sits on the floor at the foot of the bed, holding the blade behind her back, and continues to watch the man and the maid.

Suspenseful music can be heard and post action visuals show her sitting in a pool staring blankly into space, and we are left wondering if she inflicted any harm on them.

At approximately 143.145 mins, the prostitute and the man are having sex and the woman watches and then gets a kitchen utensil and enters the room. The man ejaculates and she then approaches them. Post action visuals show him lying with his head against the couch and he is not moving. It is implied that she hit him with the ladle. She them masturbates herself saying, "now it will be impossible for this bastard to say he didn't fuck me". It becomes clear later that she was rubbing his semen on herself. Post action visuals show police cars outside and the man is being led down the stairs. He struggles. saying. "I didn't do anything" and the police say. "you're under arrest for the rape of Cheryl..". A porter identifies the man as asking for Cheryl and he is shoved into the police car.

The above depictions connect sex and violence in the story and as "no depiction of sexualised violence is permitted" in a film which contains sexually explicit material, this film is appropriately classified RC.

It is a minority opinion of the Board that the scene from 143-145 minutes also constitutes an offensive fantasy as the female set up a situation where she tricked the man into coming to her house, organised a prostitute to have sex with him and then, while he was unconscious, used his semen to set it up so that she could cry rape, which resulted in the man being led away confusion as he was arrested by the cops.

 

 

Date: May 2000
Rating: RC
Time: 148m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Stell Bay Pty Ltd
Comment: Appeal to Classification Review Board
Reason: BUSINESS - To review the decision of the Classification Board to assign the classification RC under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to the videotape Madness

DECISION AND REASONS FOR DECISION

1. Decision

The Classification Review Board - decided to confirm the decision of the Classification Board to classify the videotape Madness RC (Refused Classification).

2. Legislative provisions

The Class(fication (Publications, Film 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 "(a) 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" are to be classified RC. Paragraph 2 provides that "films

The Guidelines provide, in relation to X18+:

"This classification is a special and

No depiction of sexual violence,

3. Procedure

Five members of the Review Board viewed the videotape Madness at the meeting on 26 May 2000.

The Review Board heard oral submissions from Mr Anthony Strahan on behalf of the applicant.

4. Evidence

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

(a) the applicant's Application for Review, and oral submissions in support of that Application;

(b) the videotape Madness;

(c) the relevant provisions in the Act;

(d) the relevant provisions in the National Classification Code as amended in accordance with Section 6 of the Act;

(e) 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

The content

5.1 In the context of a sexually explicit video, Cheryl seeks her revenge on ex-lover Alan who years before had had her committed to a

5.2 The Review Board considered the scenes cited by the Classification Board as causing the videotape to be classified RC for its depiction of sexualised violence. These occurred at 68 and 140 mins approximately.

5.3 The Review Board unanimously found the scene from 68 minutes (in which Cheryl watches her casual lover and his maid make love, gets a knife from the kitchen and continues to watch, rocking back and forth) to constitute a scene of sexualised violence. The Review Board was divided in opinion as to whether the scene from 140 minutes constituted a scene of sexualised violence.

5.4 In regard to the minority opinion of the Classification Board that the last scene constituted an offensive fantasy, the Review Board found no indicators that this was the case.

5.5 The Review Board found the scene at 5 minutes, in which Alan says to his maid "If you want to work here, be nice to me", and thereby induces her to perform fellatio on, and have sex with him, to constitute a verbal threat, though not of sufficient force, of itself, to constitute coercion.

5.6 The Review Board concluded, on the basis of the above several findings, that the video contained a scene or scenes which constituted "sexualised violence" and the video was therefore appropriately classified RC.

Reasons for the Decision

6.1 The Review Board based its decision to classify the videotape Madness RC (Refused Classification) on the content referred to in 5.2 and 5.3.

6.2 The Review Board found that the scene from 68 mins showed Cheryl, who has had sex with her casual partner, subsequently watching the maid have sex with the partner (the maid having been ordered to do so by both the partner and Cheryl). Cheryl watches the two while stroking her breast and rocking back and forth. She grabs a large knife from the kitchen in a hold consistent with an intention to stab someone, returns to the room with the knife concealed behind her back, and, kneeling on the floor, continues rocking and watching.

In the view of the Review Board, the scene demonstrates an example of Cheryl's madness, in that she is aroused by watching sex to perform a violent act. In this instance, as she sits naked and rocking, she gives the appearance of readying herself to stab the couple with the knife. No act of violence is seen (the video has a cut at this point), but there is an impactful threat of , violence. In this connection the Review Board noted that that definition of "violence" in the guidelines "includes not only acts of violence, but also the threat or .. result of violence." The Review Board therefore concludes that this scene constitutes a scene of sexualised violence. The sex acts and the threat of violence are directly connected in the storyline.

6.3 In the scene from 140 mins, the actual connections between sexual acts and Cheryl's acts of revenge (framing Alan for rape, including implied clawing of his face and drawing blood, seen at the end of the scene) are less clear. Cheryl has plotted to get her former lover to her flat, has not had sex with him, and this time, clothed, watches him with the prostitute (apparently without being aroused), waiting for the opportunity to knock him out, and put his semen on herself, to provide evidence of "rape".

Some members of the Review Board thought that this scene constituted a consolidation of the theme of sexualised violence (an outcome of her madness), which was established earlier (in the scene at 68 mins), and as such constituted a scene of sexualised violence. Other members considered that the violence or threat of violence (hitting over head with ladle, implied clawing of Alan's face) was not sufficiently connected, in this part of the story, with sexual elements, except as part of her scheme.

6.4 The applicant conceded that the sexual content of this video precluded it from receiving the classification Rl8+ and argued in relation to the application of the Xl8+ category to the video in part that:

a) The Act indicates that there is an "ascending" order of classification category, and that this implies that material which is allowable in a lower category (say R) should therefore be allowable in a higher category (eg X). There are films in R which contain sexualised violence, and such depictions should therefore be allowable in a "higher" classification;

b) Subpara (d) of the Preamble to the national Classification Code is subservient to subpara I) of the Code, viz "adults should be able to read, hear, and see what they want" is the preeminent principle;

c) The concept of "sexualised violence" only appears in the Guidelines, and sits anomalously with other prohibitions. It is intended to extend the concept of sexual violence, and has elements of needing to take pleasure from the act of violence;

d) In the first scene (68 mins) there was no sexual or sexualised violence, but perhaps a mild fetish (with the knife);

e) In the second scene (140mins) there were no particular acts of violence, but some implied violence. This was not put in a sexual context, and the sexual acts and implied violence are separate elements of the narrative.

6.5 The Review Board took the view that:

a) While the Act Para 7(2) does list classifications for films "in ascending order", this does not necessarily imply an ascending order of content in the classifications. At the very least, it can be taken to indicate an ascending order of restriction in respect of audience. Furthermore, the guidelines characterise the X category as a special category with special features, which are not necessarily related to the content of other categories;

b) The Review Board considers that subpara (d) of the Code must be held to qualify subpara(a) and is not subservient to it;

c) The Review Board is required to take into account both the Code and the Guidelines in making its decisions (the Act, para 9). The definition of "sexualised violence" given in the Classification Guidelines is "where sex and violence are connected in the story, although sexual violence may not necessarily occur";

d) The Review Board did not accept this view. See 6.2;

e) The Review Board was divided on this view. See 6.3.

The Review Board therefore concluded that the video breached the requirement for the X18+ category that "no depiction of sexualised violence or coercion. . . is pennitted in this classification.

" As the video, because of the explicit nature of its sexual content, cannot be accommodated in the R18+ classification, and because of its depiction of sexualised violence cannot be classified X18+, it follows that it must be classified RC.

7. Summary

7.1 The Review Board's decision is to confirm the decision of the Classification Board to classify the videotape Madness RC.

This decision is taken after full consideration of the applicant's submission, and after assessing the videotape 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: 26 May 2000.


 

 

 

 

Private Reality 6: Dangerous Games

Aka Private Reality - Underground Dreams / The Empire Of The Senses (The Making of The Private Gladiator) / Dual / Relax Club / Don't Drink & Fuck / Patty & Friends

Directed by Andrew Youngman - Kovi Istvan - Thomas Herold - John Walton - Robby Blake / 2002 / Spain / IMDb

Date: June 2002
Rating: RC
Time: 87m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista

Date: July 2002
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 81m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Calvista
Comment: Censored by 6m


 

 

 

 

Private Superfuckers 07: Waiting for You

aka Superfuckers No. 7

Directed by Pierre Woodman / 2001 / Spain / IMDb

Date: December 2000
Rating: RC
Time: 176m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Stell By Pty Ltd
Reason: Board Report T00/3674
SYNOPSIS: Pierre Woodman again searches the streets of Budapest looking for young women to film whilst he has sex with them.

REASONS FOR THE DECISION: When making this classification decision the Classification Board (the Board) followed the procedure set out in the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (the Act). The Board also applied the National Classification Code and the Classification Guidelines, while taking into account the matters set out in Section 11 of the Act.

The National Classification Code (the Code) states in the Film Table that:
(1) Films that:
a) 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 or propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified are to be classified RC.

In the Classification Board's view under Section 1(a) of the Film Table in the Classification Act this film deals with matters of sex in a way that offends against the...

Under Part 2 of the Films Table of the National Classification Code concerning films containing consensual sexually explicit activity, "fetishes such as...spanking are not permitted."

In the Board's opinion a sequence commencing at 11mins and lasting until 14mins in which Pierre Woodman engages in sexual activity with a woman contains "fetishes such as.....spanking" as the contact of his hand with her buttocks during sex is at a level which goes beyond a mere slap and is clearly done in order to elicit sexual gratification for him. In one consecutive session during this sequence he spanks her thirteen times, in another, four times. In the Boards opinion this clearly indicates a fetish "such as spanking" and as such warrants an "RC" classification.

 

 

In early 2001, AXIS applied to have this, and several other decisions reviewed. Despite the applications being outside the normal time provision, it was hoped that the Classification Review Board would agree. AXIS explained the reason for the PRIVATE SUPERFUCKERS 07 delay as:

This title was refused during the lengthy process in establishing benchmarks for what represented a fetish such as spanking. When the board made their definitions, the scene of a male and female engaged in consensual sex where some slaps to the ass were made during sex was easily housed under their new definitions of permissible hand contact, not as previously recorded in the Refused Classification category as a fetish such as spanking. This film was delayed in its application for appeal during the 6 weeks AXIS was waiting for the Classification Review Board to return their verdict on the original set of appeals.

 

The Classification Review Board was unconvinced, and refused to allow a review. Their reasons were:

The Classification Review Board is not persuaded that it is appropriate in all the circumstances to exercise its discretion pursuant to section 43(2)(b) of the Classifications (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to extend time to apply for review in relation to the applications made on behalf of your company


 

 

 

 

Pulp Friction

Directed by Anthony Spinelli / 1994 / USA / IMDb

Date: September 1995
Rating: X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material)
Time: 83m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Fortbacon
Comment:

 

Date: November 1995
Rating: R18+ (Mainly concerned with sex)
Time: 78m
Format: VHS
Applicant: Fortbacon
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating

 

Date: October 2000
Rating: RC
Time: 105m
Format: VHS
Applicant: South Australia Police - Vice and Gaming Section
Comment: Pre-censored, aiming for an R18+ rating


 

 

 

 

Pure Filth 3

Produced by Badass Pictures / 2006 / USA / IMDb

Date: October 2006
Rating: RC
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Metro Interactive Australasia
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."

 

Date: December 2006
Rating: X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Metro Interactive Australasia
Comment: Censored by unknown time


 

 

 

 

Pussy Sweat

Directed by Red Ezra / 2003 / USA / IMDb

Date: April 2008
Rating: RC
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Homesafe DVD
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as 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."

 

Date: November 2008
Rating: X18+ (Explicit sex)
Time: Unknown
Format: DVD
Applicant: Homesafe DVD
Comment: Censored by unknown time


 

 

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