In November 1977, a 2212.80-meter (80:39) print of CAPTAIN LUST was banned because of 'indecency and excessive violence'.
An 1886.30-meter (68:45) 'reconstructed version' was submitted in February 1978. This too was banned, but now only for 'indecency'. The following month, this print was taken to the Films Board of Review who upheld the decision of the Censorship Board.
In all cases, D.Dunningham Films was the applicant.
In July 1984, a 78m tape of CAPTAIN LUST was passed with the newly
introduced X-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was said to be:
W. B. and J. E. Wathen was the applicant.
In August 1981, a 1766.20-meter (64:22) print of THE CAPTIVES was banned because of 'sexual violence and drug abuse'.
A 1561.73-meter (56:55) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an
R-rating in November 1981. It was awarded for sex, which was described as
In both cases, Cinerama Films was the applicant.
Other Lee Frost titles that had problems with the Australian Censor include HOT SPUR (1968), LOVE CAMP 7 (1969), THE SCAVENGERS (1970), SLAVES IN CAGES (1972), TWO FOR THE MONEY (1972), POOR CECILY (1974), A CLIMAX OF BLUE POWER (1975) and PRIVATE OBSESSION (1995)
In August 1981, a 1456.80-meter (53:06) 'pre-censor cut version' of
CARNAL GAMES was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium [possible error, may be 'high']
…and for 'sexual cruelty'.
A 1261.78-meter (45:59) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an
R-rating in October 1981. The sex was described as being:
In both cases, A.Z. Associated Film Distributors was the applicant.
In 1991, Video Distribution Company had a VHS tape of CARTEL banned by the OFLC. In January 1992, a censored version was passed with an R18+ (Medium level violence) rating in January 1992. Both the cut and uncut versions were listed as running 105m. The actual running time of the video tape released on the Hollywood Studios label was 91:22.
Thanks to Simon for this review and screencaps.
CARTEL was banned because of a scene where a gang of thugs raid a house containing the hero’s sister, nephew, and girlfriend. There is only a brief moment of sexual violence, but several other scenes were also removed. The distributor probably over cut the action because he did not want to resubmit it a third time. Not including the Cobra Entertainment Group title card, the uncut version ran 94:00.
Before – Donna runs to the door with Tommy. She opens it, and screams.
CENSORED 29:58 to 30:18 – The lead thug at the door says "Hello Donna". Another thug grabs Tommy. Donna struggles and shouts "Tommy, run". The lead thug slaps her down to the couch; he wipes his face, and shuts the door.
After – Nancy screams.
Before - Nancy knocks one of the thugs off the bonnet of the car.
CENSORED 30:29 to 31:20 – Nancy is chased and pulled to the ground. It then cuts to Donna struggling. The lead thug says, "I like it when you fight". It then cuts back to Nancy on the floor fighting with the thug. He slaps her around the face. She grabs a knife, stabs him in the side, and escapes. She runs passed Donna and the lead thug.
After - Nancy runs into the bathroom with her top ripped open.
Before - Donna smashes a vase on the lead thugs head and escapes. He gets up and chases after her.
CENSORED 31:55 to 31:56 – Brief shot of Nancy’s dress being ripped as she escapes through the door.
After – Continuation of Nancy escaping through door.
Before – The lead thug shoots Donna in the back and says "Bitch".
CENSORED 32:19 to 32:29 – Donna lying by the pool. One of the thugs holds Tommy by his feet over her. She grabs his hand as he is dragged away. She says "No".
After – Thug plunges knife into the door where Nancy is hiding.
Before – The thug is told to kill Tommy.
CENSORED 34:10 to 34:54 – Nancy rushes forward, but is slapped down on to the bed. Tommy cries "Mommy as he is taken away. The door is closed and a gunshot is heard. The thug comes back into the room holding Tommy’s toy train. Nancy is hysterical as she is held down on the bed by two thugs.
After /Before– Donna is shown alive by the pool.
CENSORED 35:01 to 35:24 – Nancy is topless on the bed with the lead thug on top of her. He kisses her body, and she spits in his face. Angered, he shouts "Fucking whore".
Note, that this is the only censored scene that could really be considered as sexual violence.
After - The thugs walk over the body of Tommy who opens his eyes. He closes them and pretends to be dead. We now understand that the thug has only pretended to shoot him.
In July 1979, a 2128.00-meter (77:34) print of CENSORSHIP USA was censored by 55.00-meters (05:00) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.
Lestrig Trading was the applicant.
Review by Matt
In 2012, After Hours Cinema released CENSORSHIP USA on DVD in America. Unfortunately, it was missing nearly half of its running time, clocking in at just 40:27. All of the sex had been removed, but what remains is still interesting.
Through interviews with the public, adult bookstore and cinema owners, filmmakers and performers, it provides a good overview of the rapidly changing censorship situation just prior to the release of DEEP THROAT.
In September 1978, a 2037.40-meter (74:16) print of A CHANGE OF PARTNERS (ECHANGES DE PARTENAIRES) was banned because of 'indecency'.
Blake Films was the applicant.
In November 1976, a 2441.20-meter (88:59) print of CHANGE PAS DE MAIN was banned because of ‘indecency’.
Roadshow Distributors was the applicant.
Review by Simon
86:25 (PAL) French language with English fansubs
The sex in CHANGE PAS DE MAIN includes plenty of scenes of blowjobs, including one male on male, and the rest is all hardcore enough to understand why it was banned. There are also a couple of quite shocking scenes that that really do mix sex and violence.
The first is at 57m during an orgy. Alain stabs one of the girls in the chest with a pair of scissors, proceeds to go down on her, and finally have sex with her as she dies.
The second begins at 77m and has Melinda and Francoise watching a film of Alain having sex with a woman. He is shown strangling her, then having sex with the dead body. The film is black and white, is silent apart from the sound of the projector, and is very reminiscent of the fake snuff footage sequence in EMANUELLE IN AMERICA (1976).
Hardcore sex does not make up a huge amount of the running time, and the plot is involving enough that I believe Roadshow could have censored to still make a half-decent film.
This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor chose to censor it to achieve a more commercial rating.
In April 1982, a 3151.34-meter (115.11) print of THE CHALLENGE was passed
with an R-rating. It was awarded for violence, which was described as being:
It appears that either Roadshow Distributors were seeking an M-rating or the film was recut by the studio, because in November 1982, a 2962.44-meter (108.17) 'reconstructed version' was submitted. Unfortunately, it was awarded an R-rating for the same reasons as the original submission.
Finally, in January 1983, a 'third reconstructed version' was passed with
an M-rating. The 2962.44-meter (108:17) running time was the same as the
previous submission. It was again awarded for violence, which was described
CBS Fox Video released THE CHALLENGE on tape in a version that ran 109:12 (NTSC). The cover incorrectly gave the film a recommended rating of 'NRC: Not Recommended for Children'.
Thanks to Matt for this information.
The CBS/Fox tape of John Frankenheimer's THE CHALLENGE runs 109:12 (NTSC), and appears to be uncut. It is interesting that this is six minutes shorter than the April 1982 submission. I would guess that footage was removed by the studio for pacing reasons, and not because of censorship, as I have yet to find any version that runs over 109m.
In July 2015, a 74m DVD of CHASING REALITY was banned by the Classification Board. The reason given was:
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."
The applicant was the Queensland Police Service Graffiti Task Force. At the same time they received RC-ratings for RIVER CITY (2010) and RIVER CITY 2 (2013).
In October 1976, an 1837.00-meter (66:57) print of CHERRY’S GIRLS was censored by 165.90-meters (06:03) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.
Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.
In November 1978, a 2317.60-meter (84:28) print of CHINA GIRL was banned because of 'indecency'.
Regent Trading Enterprises were the applicant.
In April 1983, Video Classics had an 84m tape refused because of sex,
which was found to be:
During the early 1980s, there was no law that compelled distributors to have video tapes classified. In 1983, the Censorship Board simply viewed the tapes and passed them as 'Special Condition', the definition of which was:
That the film/tape will not be exhibited in any State in contravention of that State's law relating to the exhibition of films.
Video Classics had an 83m 'reconstructed version' of CHINA GIRL passed with such a warning in September 1983.
CHINA GIRL was banned again in December 1983, for the same reason as April.
The 60-minute tape was submitted by Jim Do.
In May 1987, a 67-minute tape was passed with an R-rating.
Video Excellence was the applicant.
Fox Columbia first submitted CHRISTIANE F. in a 'German Language, English subtitled version' in March 1982. This 3589 meter (131:11) 35mm print was passed with an R-rating after cuts. The reason given for the deletions was 'Sexual Activity Involving a Minor'. It looks like the distributor was seeking an M-rating as an appeal was made to the Review Board. In March 1982, they confirmed the R-rating decision of the censors.
Fox Columbia submitted CHRISTIANE F. again in May 1982, and was again awarded an R-rating. The print ran 3456.18 meters (126:19), and this time was described as the 'pre-censor cut English dubbed version'. Still seeking the M-rating, they again appealed to the Review Board, who in June 1982 again confirmed the R-rating of the censors.
In July 1982, a third version was again rated R. This print ran 3520.30 meters (128:40) and was described as 'English Language pre-censor cut version no.2'. This time there was no appeal to the Review Board and the film was released. It looks like at this point Fox Columbia had accepted the fact that it was going to be an R-rated film. The cut footage seems to have been reinstated, as this submission was longer than the previous one.
Roadshow Home Video released CHRISTIANE F. on tape in 1983. It ran 123:09 (PAL) and was the horribly dubbed English Language version. It was approximately the same length as the 'English Language pre-censor cut version no.2'.
CHRISTIANE F. made its Australian DVD premiere in 2002 courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment. This was the German Language version and ran 125:46 (PAL).
In September 1976, a 2199.40-meter (80:10) print of CHRISTY was banned because of 'indecency'.
A 2037.00-meter (74:15) 'reconstructed version' was banned for the same reason in November 1976. This decision resulted in an unsuccessful appeal to the Films Board of Review in February 1977.
In all cases, Garron Int. Dist. Pty Ltd was the applicant.
Note: The IMDb lists CINCO MANERAS DE VER EL PLACER (Translation FIVE WAYS TO SEE PLEASURE), Directed by José María Cañeteas, as a 1985 production. This may be the same film, but with an incorrect date.
In July 1981, a 90m tape of LAS CINCO MANEROS DE VER EL PLACER (Spanish
version) was banned because of sex. It was said to be:
Cataluna Productions was the applicant.
In 1981, Hoyts Distribution pre-cut CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD before submission to the Censorship Board. This 2459.62-meter (89:54) print, described as a 'pre-censor cut version', was rated R in October 1981.
However, this was only after the removal of a further 9-meters (20s) of footage by the Censorship Board.
The reason for the deletion was violence, which was
Two censored videotapes were released in Australia. One in the early 80s on K&C Video (87:55), and the other in the mid-80s, under the title GATES OF HELL, on Infinity Video Sales (86:06).
The two most infamous gore scenes have definitely been censored from both tapes.
30m approx - The girl vomiting up her guts has been shortened, as has the scene of her boyfriend having his brain torn out.
55m approx - The scene of Bob having his head drilled has been removed.
There are very possibly more cuts that need to be documented.
The stills on the back of the Infinity Video Sales come from Camp Video's release of NIGHTMARE HOUSE (1969).
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD made its Australian DVD debut in February 2005 courtesy of Siren Visual Entertainment. This 88:52 version was fully uncut.
A Blu-ray was released in November 2013 as part of Regency Media's Cinema Cult range.
In October 2014, Regency Media re-released it on DVD and Blu-ray as part of THE GATES OF HELL TRILOGY. It also included Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND (1981) and HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981).
CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH was banned by the Censorship Board in 1986. An appeal was made to the Review Board who cleared it with an R-rating.
Film Board of Review
8 January 1987
"The film presents a black comedy in the horror genre, based loosely on an accident at a nuclear plant and the cumulative contamination of a nearby high school, contributing to the breakdown of discipline, together with mutations and derangement experienced by various students. Mr Peter Sweeny attended before the screening, to put the case for appeal
The Film Board of Review noted the film's anti-social tone, its uninformed depiction of the consequences of nuclear contamination and its relative explicit, detailed and gratuitous violence. While these elements were given careful consideration, it was felt that the impact of the film's clearly artificial special effects was mitigated by its gross exaggeration and tone of black humour.
Accordingly, the Films Board of Review was unanimous in upholding the appeal, and in tits consideration that, since the content may be offensive to some sections of the community, the decision of the Censorship Board should be set aside and the film be classified "For Restricted Exhibition" ("R").
The Films Board of Review therefore directs the Film Censorship Board to register CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH with a "For Restricted Exhibition" ("R") classification.
With the ban overturned, and an 83m tape print rated R, Virgin Video went ahead and released it on tape. Thanks to Stephen F. for the cover scan.
Two months later, Newvision Film Distributors had an 82m 35mm print banned. It is unclear why this happened considering that it had been cleared by the Review Board.
In October 2000, Tribe Enterprises received an RC-rating from the OFLC for a proposed DVD. The problem was not the film, but a DVD extra called THE TROMA INTELLIGENCE TEST.
In May 2005, a DVD version was reclassified R18+ (Medium Level Violence). This was released later in the month by Stomp Visual as part of their re-issue of the Troma back catalogue. On the back cover, the following was written:
"Troma Intelligence Test and Trailers are not available on the Australian version of Class of Nuke' Em High"
See our separate database entry for the TROMA INTELLIGENCE TEST for an explanation as to why it was dropped.
In September 2010, CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH was re-released on DVD by Jigsaw Entertainment, through Gryphon Entertainment.
According to this review at Michael D's R4 DVD Info Page, the disc contains the TROMA INTELLIGENCE TEST.
Troma Interactivity: Although on the DVD cover and the menu, this feature which includes the Troma Intelligence Test and Tour of Troma Studios cannot be accessed from the menu. It is however on the DVD; use the remote to access the chapters.
In January 2015, Monster Pictures began to re-release the Troma DVDs. As well as a single disc CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, they also issued it as part of a 3-disc set titled THE CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH - THE COMPLETE SPILL-OGY. It included the two sequels, CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH PART II: SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN (1991), and CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH PART 3: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SUBHUMANOID (1994).
In October 1972, a 2576.00-meter (93:54) print of CLAY PIGEON was banned because of 'indecency, excessive violence, and incitement to drug abuse'.
Warner Bros immediately appealed to the Films Board of Review. They passed it with an R-rating following the removal of 7.31-meters (00:16) of the 'incitement to drug abuse' footage.
In July 1982, an 89m tape of CLAY PIGEON was passed with an R-rating under
the title TRIP TO KILL. It was awarded for violence, which was found to be:
…and also for 'drugs'.
VCL Video label was the applicant.
Video Classics had the same 89m tape passed with an R-rating in February 1984.
In June 1985, the 89m tape was passed for a third time with an R-rating. The reason given was the same as July 1982. This time, VCL Communications were the applicant.
This tape of TRIP TO KILL was released by Video Classics on their VCL Video label.
Review by Matt
TRIP TO KILL
VCL Video [UK]
You mention that CLAY PIGEON was originally banned for 'indecency, excessive violence, and incitement to drug abuse'. This could refer to some or all of these scenes.
Joe, Angeline, and Saddle swim naked together (27:30), Angeline dances fully naked in the go-go bar (74:00), Saddle sits naked on the bed and fools around with Simon (77:00).
Neilson slaps Tracy a few time, before Simon gives her an (off screen) overdose of heroin. (67:00), Simon shoots to death Saddle (78:00), and Angeline (79:00). Finally, Joe kills Simon with an axe to the stomach, we later see him dead on the ground with it embedded in him (84:00).
Incitement to drug abuse
Joe and Angeline smoke a joint (19:00), Joe watches as Tracy prepares some heroin and shoots up (44:00), and Joe, Angeline, Saddle and Tracy sit around smoking marijuana (54:00).
If the eventual appeal to the Films Board of Review resulted in only 16s of cuts for 'incitement to drug abuse', then I would guess this would have come from the scene at 44m where Joe watches Tracy shoot up. This would make sense, as it is less than a year since PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (1971) was censored of a similar scene.
In August 1977, a 1954.00-meter (71:13) print of A CLIMAX OF BLUE POWER was banned because of 'indecency'.
Lestrig Trading was the applicant.
The X-rating was introduced in February 1984. That month saw a 68m tape of A
CLIMAX OF BLUE POWER passed with that classification. It was awarded for
sex, which was said to be:
We believe this was released on 14th Mandolin’s Pink Video label.
In April 1975, a 2117.00-meter print of THE COCKTAIL HOSTESSES was banned because of 'indecency'.
Roadshow Distributors censored the print down to 1533.50-meters (55:54), but in September 1975, this too was refused because of 'indecency'.
An appeal was made then to the Films Board of Review. They confirmed the banning of the 'reconstructed version' in November 1975
In July 1978, a 2139.00-meter (77:58) print of CODE NAME: RAW-HIDE was censored by 63.10-meters (02:18) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.
14th Mandolin was the applicant.
In January 1985, a 73m tape was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for
sex, which was described as being:
14th Mandolin released the tape on their King of Video label.
Daybill image courtesy of Robert Hoskin.
In September 1981, an 80-minute videotape of CO-ED FEVER was banned because
of sex, which was said to be:
A.Faiman was the applicant
A 1848.00-meter (67:21) 'modified version' was passed with an R-rating in
May 1982. The sex was now:
A.Z. Associated Film Distributors was the applicant.
In July 1984, a Video Classics had a 66-minute tape of CO-ED FEVER passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for the same reason as the May 1982 submission. This was released as part of their Movies at Midnight range.
It was reissued in the mid-1980s by Palace Vibrant Video.
In February 1972, a 9711-feet (108:11) print of THE COLD-BLOODED BEAST was banned because of 'indecency'.
In April 1972, Filmways Australasia unsuccessfully appealed to the Film Board of Review, and it remained banned in Australia.
Thanks to Simon for this information.
The Italian Raro Video DVD of THE COLD-BLOODED BEAST (aka SLAUGHTER HOTEL) runs 90:26. Despite being described as the longer European Cut, it is still incomplete. DVD Compare has a good examination of the various versions. Interestingly, none comes close to the 108m running time of the print that was banned here in 1972. Despite that, it would be hard to imagine the close up shots female masturbation shots (from the Raro Video DVD) being present in the version sent to our Censorship Board.
In the 80s and 90s, most Australian-Italian video stores seemed to have a copy of the film on their shelves. The Italian tape was released by Video Ciak under the original title LA BESTIA UCCIDE A SANGUE FREDDO.
In May 1985, Palace Video had a 79m videotape of COLOR ME BLOOD RED banned because of excessive violence. The planned release on the Palace Explosive label was abandoned.
At the same time, the Censorship Board did not consider BLOOD FEAST (1963) and 2000 MANIACS (1964) to be excessively violent and passed them with R-ratings. They both appeared on the Palace Explosive label. Quite why these were passed and COLOR ME BLOOD RED banned is quite a mystery. This is after all arguably the tamest and dullest of the blood trilogy.
Thanks to Stephen F for sending in a scan of the Palace Explosive's Catalogue of Horror, which promotes COLOR ME BLOOD RED as 'Coming Soon'.
Two months before the ban, scenes from COLOR ME BLOOD RED were shown in the TERROR ON TAPE (1983) compilation. This was banned by the Censorship Board in March 1985. Clips from two scenes were shown, the girl killed by a knife in the head, and the dead woman tied up with her guts hanging out.
A DVD of COLOR ME BLOOD RED was finally passed R18+ (Medium Level Violence) in February 2005. The applicant was Siren Visual Entertainment who gave the film a belated Australian premiere soon after. A few days later the OFLC showed how little they had really changed when they reconfirmed a ban on H.G. Lewis's final film, THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1972).
In October 1986, an 'edited version' of COMBAT SHOCK was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for:
In November 1986, Delta Home Video had a 100m version banned because of
violence, which was described as being:
Delta released two different prints of COMBAT SHOCK on tape. One was censored, and ran 93:40. This was the 'edited version' that had been passed with an R-rating in October 1986.
The other was a longer 95:13 version that included the violence that had previously been removed. It is unclear how this tape came to be released as it does not appear to have ever been rated by the Censorship Board. To add to the confusion, both tapes have exactly the same covers, and list a 105m running time on their spine.
In March 2011, COMBAT SHOCK was released on DVD by Jigsaw Entertainment, through Gryphon Entertainment. It was described as a '2-Disc Uncut 25th Anniversary Edition'. It includes the 91:39 (NTSC) Theatrical Cut.
Thanks to Simon for this information.
I compared the end of Delta Video’s censored 93:40 VHS to the 91:39 Theatrical Cut which was released locally on DVD by Jigsaw Entertainment.
Beginning at 86:18 in the Theatrical Cut, Delta’s VHS is missing:
Kathy lying on the floor gurgling blood from her mouth.
Frankie shooting his mutant baby, and a shot of it coughing up blood.
Frankie walking into the kitchen, standing over a pool of blood on the floor, and then bending down to put his baby in the oven.
Frankie looking over to see blood coming from the oven.
Blood pumping from Frankie’s head wound after he has shot himself.
Apart from the blood seeping from the oven footage, all these scenes are in the Theatrical cut. Movie-Censorship has a comparison between this and the longer 96:44 Director’s Cut.
Delta’s version is preceded by the Troma Team intro. You state that their uncut version ran 95:13, which indicates that Australia received a different version to both the Director's Cut, and the Theatrical Cut.
In March 1973, a 2100.60-meter (76:34) print of COME BACK PETER was censored by 3.7-meters (00:08) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.
MGM/BEF Film Distributors were the applicant.
In May 1983, a 76m tape (under the title SOME LIKE IT SEXY) was banned
because of sex, which was described as being:
Video Classics resubmitted the 76m tape in August 1985, and received an X18+. This time the rating was awarded for exactly the same reasons that saw it banned in 1983.
A second 76m tape was passed with an R-rating in November 1985. The sex
was now described as being
This indicates that despite having the same running time, this R-rated version may have been censored.
It does not appear that Video Classics released R or X-rated tapes of SOME LIKE IT SEXY as they were in financial difficulties during 1985. The November 1985 application was done by Arthur Andersen Chartered Accountants who were appointed after the company went into administration.
Thanks to Matt for this review.
Donovan Winter returned several years after the release of COME BACK PETER and spiced up the sex scenes for an early 70s audience. This new version was known as SOME LIKE IT SEXY. This goes some way to explaining how the Australian Censorship Board has treated the film over the years.
For its Australian theatrical release, it was cut by eight seconds. It is impossible to guess what was removed, as the original COME BACK PETER version does not appear to be available anywhere.
It is easy to spot the extra scenes that were shot for SOME LIKE IT SEXY. Hairstyles change, and the back of Peter’s body mysteriously grows hairy every time a more explicit scene appears. Most of the film is strictly soft-core, however the 'continental version' contains a 15 second shot of Peter’s semi-erection as Cleo, the black singer, guides him inside her. It was probably this scene that caused the May 1983 ban, and subsequent X18+ rating. It would definitely have had to be removed for the R-rated version.
In the UK, Nucleus Pictures released the uncut 'continental version' on DVD in 2012. It runs 78:00, and the aforementioned explicit scene appears at approximately 53m.
The Nucleus DVD of ESCORT GIRLS contains a PDF of Donovan Winter's THE WINTERS OF MY DISCONTENT: A LIFE IN - AND OUT - OF FILMS. In it, he explains what prompted him to go back and shoot new scenes.
"Came May 1971 and I took ‘COME BACK, PETER’ down to Cannes. Several overseas sales ensued, immediately so in France. But now I found myself up against a dichotomy. The ‘sex’ in the film was only titillating rather than aggressive. It was too soft for Germany and Scandinavia where they had progressed beyond that and demanded more. “We need as much sex as possible in the film” (Atlas A/B 1972). While in other more reserved countries there was still too much! It seemed you just couldn’t win. In America you were up against an even bigger problem since each State, all 49 of them, had its own censorship board each making different conditions! But the distributor demanded explicit scenes which he could cut if necessary as required by the judges.
I left the print with the French distributor in Paris - which he required for dubbing. Then I returned to London to set to work once again. The additional ‘sex’ scenes necessary barely required scripting. All I needed were my actors, or doubles for them, to simulate the act of copulation. I went back into four of the locations and shot another eight minutes of simulated sex which I tagged on to the scenes already in the can. I never dared show them to the British censor, of course! But they did enable me to sell the film to more countries like Germany (titled FLESH & LOVE!) and the U.S., although I was told they were still not hard enough for Scandinavia."
Image courtesy of moviemem.com
In August 1975, a 2765.00-meter (100:47) print of COME TO MY BEDSIDE was banned because of 'indecency'. The same month saw the decision confirmed by the Films Board of Review.
A 'reconstructed version' running 2385.00-meter (86:56) print was passed with an R-rating in December 1975.
Consolidated Exhibitors were the applicant.
It appears that in the early 1980s, Roadshow was preparing to release COME TO MY BEDSIDE on tape. The film was listed as being on a video called ROADSHOW HOME VIDEO PRESENTS SNEAK PREVIEWS FROM OUR CATALOGUE. We have yet to see any proof that the actual film was released on this label.
In February 1985, an 86m videotape of COME TO MY BEDSIDE was passed with
an R-rating. It was awarded for sex was described as being:
Blake Films were the applicant.
The tape was released on the Rodox Video label, and distributed by Caballero Home Video.
In May 1984, a 1064.09-meter (96:58) print of COMING OF AGE was censored by 2-meters (00:11) for an R-rating.
Before the cuts, the sex was described as being:
In the censored R-rated version, the sex was found to be:
Stagedoor Productions was the applicant.
In August 1984, a 98m videotape of COMING OF AGE was passed with an R-rating for the same reasons.
The tape was released by Stage Door Video. It was later re-issued by Visual Communications Australia (VCA).
COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER was programmed to screen on February 22, at Sydney's 2012 Mardi Gras Film Festival.
The Red Rattler Theatre
6 Faversham St. Marrickville NSW 2204
Wed Feb 22 2012, 7.30pm
A special event screening of Community Action Centre for The Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen and The Red Rattler.
Community Action Center (A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner, 2010, TRT 69 mins.) is a sociosexual video which incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by 1970’s porn-romance-liberation films which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes and the body politic of a particular time and place. Community Action Center is a unique contemporary womyn-centric composition that serves as both an ode and a hole-filler. Sex, sexuality and the complexities of gendered bodies are inherently political. This project is a small archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art.
The work attempts to explore a consideration of feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics and an expansive view of what is defined as ‘sex’. Burns and Steiner worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music culled from the worldwide sisterhood: Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area.
The video seeks to expose and reformulate paradigms that are typical of porn typologies, intentionally exploiting tropes for their comical value, critical consideration and historical homage. The artists have created a reason to reflect on the cultural realness of homo-grown lesbian sexuality. The work aims to be a hedonistic and distinctly political adventure.
Contains sexually explicit content
The film was submitted to the Classification Board who concluded that COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER (2010), along with IN THEIR ROOM: BERLIN (2011) would most likely be classified X if they were rated. The Mardi Gras Film Festival decided not to screen either film.
Community Action Centre
This film has been refused an exemption from classification from the Australian Classification Board. As such, we will not be screening the work. You can read more about the cancellation of this screening here.
The full story behind this case can be found at the IN THEIR ROOM: BERLIN (2011) page.
In October 1973, a 2240-meter (81:39) 'reconstructed version' of COMMUTER HUSBANDS was censored by a further 108.34-meters (03:57) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.
Roadshow Distributors released the film theatrically.
In December 1984, Palace Home Video had an 83:20 tape passed with an
R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was labelled as:
The tape was released as part of their Vibrant Video range.
Thanks to Simon for this information.
In 1973, the censor would have definitely targeted second story, which contains the most graphic footage. It takes place when the plumber stops and watches a couple having sex in bed (18:30), and again when it becomes a threesome (23:45).
The third story has some sex scenes with the bikers (30m), and the fourth has Arnold spying on a neighbouring couple having sex (35m).
The remaining three of the six stories in COMMUTER HUSBANDS contain little, if any sex.
The Palace Vibrant Video tape appears to be uncut, and runs 83:20 (PAL).
Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com
In July 1977, a 2311.00-meter (84:14) print of THE EVOLUTION OF SNUFF was passed with an R-rating. Roadshow Distributors released it theatrically.
In November 1978, the Censorship Board noted that the title has been changed to CONFESSIONS OF A BLUE MOVIE STAR… THE EVOLUTION OF SNUFF
In January 1984, the 90m Italian Torino Video release was banned because of
sex, which was described as being:
The Italian title of the video tape was CIVILTA DEL VIZIO. If the 90m running time was correct, then it must contain footage not found in other releases. Thanks to Steve for the cover scan.
In the mid 90s, a local video distributor began importing U.K. prints of films, packaging them as adult titles, and releasing them with fake R-ratings. These were put out on labels such as Blue Climax, Private and Colour Climax (see also WEREWOLF WOMAN). All were very tame affairs; cut by the British censors, with some still having the BBFC 18-ratings before the movie.
CONFESSIONS OF A BLUE MOVIE STAR was one such title, put out on the Private label and running 71:27. Compare this with the 79:08 running time of the early 80s UK Intervision tape, and you can see how much footage (including all of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT clips) was missing.
In 1994, Eagle Entertainment had an 89m VHS of CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER Refused Classification. It was censored down to 87m and awarded an R18+ (High Level Violence) rating in April 1994. This cut version was released on tape by Eagle Entertainment and ran 87:11. Although the film was undoubtedly censored, it is not obvious from which scenes footage had been removed.
Another film that dealt with the story of Henry Lee Lucas was HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, a title that also had Australian censorship problems in the early-90s.
Thanks to Goblin for this information about an uncut CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER.
I have the Aussie VHS, Japan VHS and UK DVD. The UK DVD is cut of every bit of violence, it's a fucking mess!
I compared the Aussie VHS to my Japan VHS, the Japan VHS is a very dark print unfortunately!? I noted only these two differences though I don’t have specifics on when they exactly occur in the film.
34 secs are missing of the rape of a woman in her kitchen, including a really horrid scene where the two killers cut the woman's throat and have sex with her as she convulses about on the floor as she’s dying!.
5 secs are missing of the Landlord Lady and Becky having a fight in the Lounge room.
I'm still trying to track down the US VHS on "All Seasons Entertainment" for further comparison. There's also a Greek VHS too but appears to be quite rare!
Censorship in Australia
July 27, 2013
Many genre fans have been waiting for the uncensored or so-called director's cut on DVD and/or Blu-ray. A quick summary of known releases...
Oz: R 18+ (censored VHS at 87:11)
NZ: R18 (status unknown on VHS)
UK: 15 (censored DVD at 95:34)
US: unrated (uncensored VHS)
Italy: 18 (uncensored VHS at 102:08, Italian dubbing)
Japan: no rating (status unknown on VHS)
Bootleg DVD-R: no rating (assumed to be uncensored US VHS)
YouTube: no rating (censored UK version at 95:35)
Download: no rating (uncensored US VHS)
The Italian VHS, labelled "versione integrale" and released by Fox Video Italia, runs to approx 102:08 and includes all scenes listed as cut. The Japanese VHS is one minute longer than the Australian VHS according to Goblin on Cinehound.com. It might be the version originally submitted in Australia before cuts and therefore it could be uncut. The Australian VHS has more violence than the UK DVD, but has a shorter running time. This all implies that the Italian VHS is the full version.
On Amazon US, reviewer Lori Nill makes writes:
"Concorde/New Horizons, which is Roger Corman's company, thought enough of this film to make it the first ever acquisition it made for video release back in 1987. Prior to then, Corman had only distributed his own films. Unfortunately, they never followed up the VHS release with a DVD, except in Europe, where a third party contractor released a PAL version that was badly chopped up. The good news: Cedarwood Productions, the original producer has reacquired the rights and will very shortly release the new DVD version of the original film - both the MPAA R-rated and director's uncut version."
This release has yet to appear and Cedarwood Productions' website makes no mention of it. Today the uncensored version could get R 18+ locally. The violence is technically quite tame and implied (no Tom Savini effects here), but this is a mean-spirited movie all the same. Stupidly, censors tend to come down hard on low-budget films like this one when they are well made and effective.
In September 1977, a 2260.00-meter (82:22) print of CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was banned because of 'indecency'. A reduced 1810.00-meter (65:08) version lost a further 42.4-meter (01:33) before being awarded an R-rating in June 1978.
Natan Scheinwald Productions was the applicant.
In the early 80s, K&C Video released CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE on their Starbase Video label.