Film Censorship: D #2





Death Warmed Up

Directed by David Blyth / 1984 / New Zealand / IMDb

During the 80s, the censors must have had something against Kiwi splatter movies, because like BAD TASTE, DEATH WARMED UP also lost footage before being awarded an R-rating.

It was first Refused Registration in June 1985, in a 35mm print running 2271.00 meter (83:00), and again in July 1985, this time in the form of an 82m videotape. In both cases, the reason given for the ban was violence, which were described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A reconstructed 35mm version running 2221.83 (81:12) was passed with an R-rating in November 1985, and an 81m videotape was passed in December 1985 The reason for the rating was violence, which were described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

In both cases, CBS/Fox Video were the applicant. The censored VHS was released in 1986 and runs 77:51.

Its PROHIBITED IN QUEENSLAND status is used as a selling point in this YouTube trailer.



The censored scenes from the CBS/Fox tape

Here is a description of what is missing from the CBS/Fox Video release. Some of these cuts are hard to see as many of them just tone down existing scenes. This would now easily get an uncut R18+.


Michael's Dead Family

11:38- (1s cut) Michael's father recoiling from the gunshot wound to the stomach.

11:43- (5s cut) Michael standing and blinking rapidly. Shots of his dead father, and of his dead mother with blood flowing from her body.


Brain Operation #1

14:35- (8s cut) Drill going into skull and a shot of a nurse, second shot of drill and of nurse.

14:44- (2s cut) Longer shot of grinding tool on skull.

14:51- (1s cut) Quick shot of skull being cut with grinding tool and slipping.


Biker Deaths

45:21- (2s cut) Metal rod going through bikers back.

45:27- (10s cut) Shot of metal rod through Biker 2's back with blood spurting out. Biker 1 pulls him off the rod.


Biker's Stomach Wound

48:07- (2s cut) Shot of Biker 2 on stretcher showing his stomach wound.

48:40- (2s cut) Biker 1 with his face buried in Biker 2's stomach wound.


Neck Wound

59:37- (4s cut) Close up of blood spurting from neck of man, before he falls to the ground.


Scissor Death

65:09- (3s cut) Girl screaming on the floor with scissors in her chest, and blood spurting from the wound.


Brain Operation #2

66:43- (3s cut) Shot of drill going into skull.

66:49- (2s cut) Longer shot of the skull being cut.

66:52- (5s cut) Groove being cut into skull.

67:00- (6s cut) Doctor sticking his finger into the brain.

67:04- (2s cut) Second shot of the Doctor with fingers in the patient's brain.

67:12- (3s cut) Close-up of fingers removing an object from the brain.


Death of the Doctor

69:55- (11s cut) Michael frantically stabbing the Doctor, close-up shot of the knife entering his body.



David Blyth on Australian censorship

David Blyth has kindly provided us with some more information regarding the Australian release of DEATH WARMED UP. David's first feature, ANGEL MINE, also ran into problems with the Australian censors, and is covered in our database.
July 2009

In both films cases, distributors in Australia made cuts without the filmmakers permission to get censorship ratings that I believe suited their commercial aspirations. ie by removing knifing scenes from DWU a lower certificate rating was possible.

I believe that Australia may have had a more conservative censorship system than New Zealand at the time, but it is certainly very interesting that both films were censored for Australian consumption.

Do I sniff some cultural discrimination against Australia's country cousins New Zealand?

Because we were never consulted, we only discovered this situation after the event, so it was too late to do much,

Both films have now finally been released on DVD this year. Both films have been released uncut as originally made by me.

It has taken 15 years to compile an original version of DWU because the original negative was destroyed by mistake and all the subsequent prints had been cut by distributors/censors. I believe in NZ distributors carried out self censorship of prints themselves simply removing footage at will. Bizarre but true.

The NZ company selling the DVDs of Angel Mine and Death Warmed Up is


Death Warmed Up (1985) - CBS/Fox Video [au] VHSDeath Warmed Up (1985) - CBS/Fox Video [au] Trailer





Debts of Desire

Produced by Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki / 2002 / Japan 

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because we suspect the distributor censored it prior to submission to the Classification Board.


The Classification Board awarded a DVD of DEBTS OF DESIRE an R18+ (High level animated sex scenes) rating in April 2008. It was released as part of Siren Visual's Hentai Collection in July 2008. 




Geoff W reviewed the DVD and found that it may have been pre-cut before submission. 

As before. I am basing these observations on the end credits which contain footage not in the preceding episode, and from on-line reviews.

DEBTS OF DESIRE Part 1 runs 30:24 and does not look obviously censored.

DEBTS OF DESIRE Part 2 runs 27:50 and seems to be missing the following.

The end credits have a recap of scenes from the preceding episode. From 25:19 to 25:24 we see a shot of Mai laying on her back and urinating whilst being penetrated by Masaki. This scene has been removed from the actual episode and looks like it should have been located somewhere between 7:10 to 7:58.

A second scene may also be cut. Masaki has Mai kneeling down and tied up. He says "Your so cute Mai" as he cuts off her underwear. At 17:14 the screen fades out to the two of them standing in the shower. I cannot conform this, but the fade-out makes it look like something has been removed.

Extras include a trailers for DEBTS OF DESIRE, ANYTHING YOU CAN DO, BONDAGE MANSION, and CLASSES IN SEDUCTION. Reviews of the U.S Critical Mass DVD mention a stills gallery, but this is missing from Siren's release.


Debts of Desire -  Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD





The Decameron

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini / 1971 / France-Italy-West Germany / IMDb

In May 1972, an appeal was made against the Censorship Board’s demands to cut THE DECAMERON for an R-rating. The Film Board of Review disagreed with the Board, and the uncut 9984-feet (110:56) print was passed with an R-rating.

A 3043.90-meter (110:56) 'English dubbed version' was passed with an R-rating in July 1972. United Artists were the applicant.

In February 1984, Warner Home Video had a 111m tape passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for 'sexual references', and for 'sex', which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Justified

Premium Films had a 111m print of IL DECAMERON passed with an R18+ (Medium level sex scenes) rating in October 1995.

Shock Entertainment-MGM released THE DECAMERON on DVD in 2009.

One sheet image courtesy of


The Decameron (1971) - United Artists [au] One sheet poster     The Decameron (1971) - Video Gems - Warner Home Video [au] VHSThe Decameron (1971) - Shock Entertainment [au] DVD





Deep Desire

Produced by Freeway - Golden Gate / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

Note: The only information available for this title is that it was produced by two companies, Freeway, and Golden Gate. We believe this to be Freeway Films and Golden Gate Productions

The IMDb lists them as collaborating on two films, HARD SOAP, HARD SOAP (1977), and TELL THEM JOHNNY WADD IS HERE (1976). We are unsure if DEEP DESIRE is an alternative title for one of these, or a different film.


In March 1980, a 1478.06-meter (53.52) print of DEEP DESIRE was censored by 6.5-meter (00:14) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'. The R-rating was awarded for sex, which was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 …and for violence, which was found to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

SHS Box Office Gold was the applicant.





Deep Love

Directed by Sarky / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In April 1977, a 2209.30-meter (80:32) print of DEEP LOVE was banned because of 'indecency'.

The same decision greeted a 1945.00-meter (70:54) 'reconstructed version' in September 1977. An unsuccessful appeal was made to the Films Board of Review in November 1977.

In all cases, Lestrig Trading was the applicant.


In September 1984, a 76m video called DEEP LOVE was passed with an X-rating. It was awarded for sex, which were described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The Classification Board lists no Director or Producer for this submission, so we are unable to confirm it as the same film. It was submitted by 14th Mandolin, so any release would have likely been on their Pink Video label.





The Degradation of Emanuelle

aka Emanuelle Around the World

Directed by Joe D'Amato / 1977 / Italy / IMDb

In August 1978, a 2578.00-meter (93.58) print of THE DEGRADATION OF EMANUELLE was censored by 22.50-meters (00:49) before being awarded an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency and excessive violence'.

Super Star International was the applicant.




Continental version and customs

In March 2007, Severin Films released a 102m XXX-Rated European Version on DVD in the U.S. Under the title EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD, this version included some brief hardcore scenes.

In 2007, the U.S. company Xploited Cinema gave the following warning to their customers regarding the Severin Films DVD of EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD.
August 2007

Obviously, the version submitted to the censors in 1978 was the standard soft-core version, and not the continental cut.



Soft version vs. Continental version

In June 2008 Umbrella Entertainment had EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD (LE VICE DANS LA PEAU) rated R18+ (High impact sexual violence, themes and sex scenes). It was released in August 2008.


Review by Matt
Umbrella's DVD runs 96:55 NTSC and is the softer export print, and not the Continental version. You state that the version submitted to the censor back in 1978 ran 94:14 so presumably this was either a different version, or was pre-cut as it is two and a half minutes shorter than the Umbrella disc. All I know is that the version on the Umbrella disc would definitely have to have been heavily cut back in '78!. Here are a few comments on the more controversial moments in the Umbrella DVD which may have caused the censorship back in 1978. I've included comments from the IMDb where they describe the extra footage in the hardcore Continental version.


46m approx: Cora is beaten by a group of men, and stripped in preparation to be raped.

IMDb: Continental Version: The rape of Cora is longer and features a close-up of an erect penis.


51m approx: the man with the deformed face rapes the girls. There must be something missing here as one minute the girls are being raped, then at 51:52 it cuts to the girls saying "they got what they deserved" as they get into a taxi.

IMDb: Continental Version: the scene is substantially longer, but not explicit


65m approx: The infamous bestiality scene briefly shows a snake being put on the girl's vagina, and the German Shepherd mounting the girl.

IMDb: Continental Version: .... is explicit, not just implied as in the theatrical cut


75:30 approx: The orgy scene that Emanuelle spies on contains an ultra-brief shot of a real blow-job (76:13), and the start of a shot of a banana being put in a vagina (76:17)

IMDb: Continental Version: ..features close-ups of penetration, oral sex, and a banana being inserted into a vagina


88m - 93:30 approx: Miss Ohio is stripped and made to dance naked for a group of homeless men. She is then punched in the stomach and raped. this scene also includes Emanuelle being captured by one of the men and made to perform fellatio with a gun at her head. (Shades of DEAD MAN!)


In addition the IMDb lists two other extended scenes in the Continental version, These are listed as:

IMDb: The lesbian scene between Mary and Emanuelle is longer, but is not explicit.


The Degradation of Emanuelle - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD





Les Demoniaques

aka  Les Demoniaques (Revenge of the Virgins)

Directed by Jean Rollin / 1974 / France / IMDb

In March 1977, a 2770.00-meter (100:58) print of LES DEMONIAQUES lost 63.5-meters (02:18) of footage for reasons of ‘indecency’.

Regent Trading Enterprises released it theatrically.


In the early 80s, Starbase Video released the film on tape. The cover gives it the title LES DEMONIAQUES (REVENGE OF THE VIRGINS). This 94:30 (PAL) video was presumably the same as the censored theatrical version.



LES DEMONIQUES: The censored footage

Review by Matt
The Starbase Video actually contains footage not found in the Image Entertainment/Redemption DVD. The Dutch Encore Entertainment DVD does include the footage, but only as an extra. 

I could not see any footage that appeared in the Image DVD, but not in the Starbase tape. This makes me believe that all of the 02:19 of film removed by the Australian censor would have came from these extra scenes. I was unable to obtain an accurate time for the Starbase version as my tape was damaged.

This review at DVD Compare list the footage as:

1) After a brief fight with young sailor, and Le Bosco and Paul, the sailor goes upstairs with the waitress, and they have a “good time” there (3:40 min).

My comment: In the Starbase tape this scene lasts 02:55. It is cut from the Image DVD at 50:21.

2) Extended sex-scene between Tina and the Captain in the room (6:37 min).

My comment: The sex scene ends at 56:13 in the Image DVD. The Starbase tape is the same. This extended rape scene was reportedly removed at Jean Rollin's request.

3) Extended scenes of Tina “pleasuring herself” in the scene where they have tied up the girls (6:22 min). 

My comment: The Image DVD is cut at 88:55. The Starbase tape contains an extra 02:55 of footage that is missing from the Image DVD.

4) This one is also from the same scene as the earlier, but this time there is a “hardcore shot” included, where you can see the close-up of Tina´s private part (probably shot with the other actress) (1:52 min).

My comment: The Starbase tape does not include any ‘hardcore shot’.


Les Demoniaques (Revenge of the Virgins) - Starbase Video [au] VHS





Demons of the Mind

Directed by Peter Sykes / 1972 / UK / IMDb

In July 1972, a 2452.00-meter (89:37) print of Hammer's DEMONS OF THE MIND was banned because of 'excessive violence'. MGM/BEF Film Distributors unsuccessfully appealed to the Review Board in August 1972.

DEMONS OF THE MIND was one of three Hammer films that were banned by the Australian Censorship Board during the first year of the R-rating. The other titles were HANDS OF THE RIPPER (1971) and VAMPIRE CIRCUS (1972).



Video, TV, DVD and Blu-ray releases

In November 1984, an 84:47 (PAL) tape was passed with an M-rating. It was awarded for violence, which were described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

...and also for 'Horror'.

Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment released the film on video in 1985.

Thanks to Shane Harrison for confirming that the film screened on Channel 2 in the late 1980s/ early 1990s.

In 2005, Universal Pictures Home Video released DEMONS OF THE MIND on a Midnight Movies Double Feature DVD with FRIGHT (1971). The running time was 84:48.

This was followed in 2017 by a Blu-ray release by Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment. It was passed with an MA15+ (Strong themes and violence) in February 2018.

The extended classification information described,
Strong impact: themes, violence
Moderate impact: Nudity, sex
Very mild: Language


DEMONS OF THE MIND (1972) review

Review by Simon
According to the IMDb, three scenes in DEMONS OF THE MIND were modified by the British Censorship Board when it was first released. Presumably, this already cut BBFC version was what the Australian censor banned in 1972.

The BBFC made cuts at:

35:00 approx – Over a close up image of Zorn’s eye, we see his wife cut her own throat, followed by images of her dead body. The image was blurred to obscure what was going on.

66:00 approx – When Emil murders Inge, the shots of him suffocating her with soil were removed. The aftermath of her topless and bloody dead body, with soil in her mouth, remains in the BBFC and Thorn EMI versions.

71:30 approx - The murder of Aunt Hilda by Emil was toned down. However, the scene still remains graphic enough as he stabs her in the throat with a set of keys.

All of the footage removed by the BBFC is reportedly lost.

If the Australian censor received a pre-cut version, what was left to cause them to ban it? What remains of Inge and Aunt Hilda’s death is still quite strong, as is the climatic death of Zorn where he has his hand chopped off, and is staked with a burning cross.

DEMONS OF THE MIND is an interesting example of the changing standards in Australian censorship. A film that was banned in 1972, could go on to receive an M-rating 1984.

The Australian Thorn EMI tape runs 84:47 (PAL).


Demons of the Mind (1972) - Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment [au] VHSDemons of the Mind (1972) - Universal Pictures Home Video [au] DVDDemons of the Mind (1972) - Universal Sony Pictures [au] Blu-ray





The Demon Wet Nurse

aka Madame Fung Shen's Lover

Directed by Tsu Hui Hsia / 1992 / Hong Kong / IMDb

A 99m 35mm print of THE DEMON WET NURSE was banned by the OFLC in August 1992. A 95m censored version was prepared by Yu Enterprises and was finally passed for public exhibition with an R18+ (High level sex scenes) in October 1992. On the same day VN Video International were awarded an R18+ for the sale and hire of the film.

The censored film went on to play in Raymond Yu's Australia Cinema in Sydney, and no doubt in other Chinese language cinemas around the country.


The 1992 Hong Kong VHS on the Universe Laser and Video label seems to be uncut, with a PAL running time of 94:56. The majority of the film is made up of a series of soft-core sex scenes that would definitely not have troubled our censor. However, just before the end credits there is an approximately four minute scene that would seem to have been the cause of the problem. Here Wei Jung Quien has Qua Ar Sau tied up, before he proceeds to rape her. The film was cut by approximately four minutes for the R18+ rating, so it would seem that this scene was probably removed.

The on-screen title is MADAME FUNG SHEN'S LOVER, while the tape packaging lists it as THE DEMON WET NURSE.





Desires Within Young Girls

Directed by Richard Kanter / 1977 / USA / IMDb

In October 1980, a 2228.70-meters (81:14) print of DESIRES WITHIN YOUNG GIRLS was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 2119.49-meters (77:15) 'reconstructed version' received an R-rating in April 1981. The sex had been reduced to:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

AZ Associated Film Distributors were the applicant.



Video releases

The X-rating was introduced in February 1984. That month saw a 90m tape of DESIRES WITHIN YOUNG GIRLS passed with such a classification. W.B. and J.E. Wathen was the applicant

Video Classics released an R-rated version on tape as part of their Movie at Midnight range.

It was re-released by Palace Vibrant Video.

Daybill image courtesy of


Desires Within Young Girls (1977) - AZ Associated Distributors [au] Daybill     Desires Within Young Girls (1977) - Video Classics [au] VHS Desires Within Young Girls (1977) - Palace Vibrant Video [au] VHS  





The Devil Made Me Do It

aka Hotter Than Hell

Directed by Al Mamar / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In March 1980, a 1711.04-meter (62:22) print of THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT was censored by 102.20-meters (03:43) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove indecency.

The R-rating was awarded for sex, which was found to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Esquire Films was the applicant.


In October 1980, it was resubmitted under the title HOTTER THAN HELL. The 548.64-meter (49:59) 16mm print was censored by 8.10-meters (00:44) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to remove violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

The R-rating was awarded for sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Mutual Film Distributors was the applicant.





The Devils

Directed by Ken Russell / 1971 / UK / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because it was a controversial title


In January 1972, a 9979-feet (110:53) version of THE DEVILS was passed with an R-rating. It was registered, subject to the special conditions that:


(i) All advertising clearly indicates that this film is classified as shown on the Certificate of Registration,

(ii) All advertising (including any trailers) shall carry the following word:-  "The Devils' is not a film for everyone. It tells of hideous events which allegedly occurred in France in 1634. Because the film is explicit and highly graphic in depicting those events, some-people will find it visually shocking and deeply disturbing."

(iii) A notice bearing the words:- "The Devils' is not a film-far everyone. It tells of hideous events which allegedly occurred in France in 1634. Because the film is explicit and highly graphic in depicting those events, some people will find it visually shocking and deeply disturbing" shall be displayed outside all places where the film is being or is to be exhibited.

(iv) All advertising, whether- imported or locally-produced (or combination of imported and local- produced) shall be submitted to the Chief Film, Censor and. shall be approved by him before release.


Advertising ruling on 'Devils' film, February 17, 1972

The Commonwealth Film Censorship Board has imposed unprecedented advertising demands on a British film, 'The Devils', directed by Ken Russell.

'The Devils', produced by Russo Productions Ltd, has been registered "restricted" uncut on condition that all advertising be cleared by the chief film censor and carry a notice about the nature of the film.

'The Devils' has had made a condition of its registration that all advertising for the film, including any trailers, carry the notice,

" 'The Devils' is not a film for everyone. It tells of hideous events which allegedly occurred in France in 1634. Because the film is explicit and highly graphic in depicting these events, some people will find it visually shocking and deeply disturbing".

This notice is also to be displayed outside all places where the film is shown. All advertising, whether imported or Australian produced, or a combination of the two, has to be cleared by the chief film censor.

These conditions are imposed under the general power to put whatever conditions are thought appropriate upon the registration of any film.


An Interview with the Chief Censor, Mr Prowse: The Censor Speaks
Cinema Papers issue 2, April 1974

CP: How effective are the warnings on films like THE DEVILS, LANGUAGE OF LOVE and MAN FROM DEEP RIVER?

PROWSE: Well I don’t think we put a warning on DEEP RIVER, it must have been an importer’s warning. We put a warning on THE DEVILS following a specific direction from the then Minister, and we put a warning on LANGUAGE OF LOVE following a specific direction by the Attorney-General.

As to whether we should use warnings over and above the classification is a quite thorny problem and we are currently exploring it. As I see it, it would need an amendment to State legislation to give some force to the warnings. If we just start putting warnings on films nobody would know whether it was our warning or the importer’s warning and the importer might use a warning as a gimmick to boost the sales of his film.


How Australian Film Censorship Works
Janet Strickland, Deputy-Chief Censor
Cinema Papers issue 11, January 1977

The only higher appeal [than the Films Board of Review] is that direct to the Minister (the Attorney-General of Australia) —and he may intervene under Regulation 40 of the Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations.

Since January 1971, there have been four [PERCY (1971), THE DEVILS (1971), SKYJACKED (1972), and LANGUAGE OF LOVE (1969)] Ministerial interventions under this regulation:

(b) THE DEVILS January 4, 1972: The Minister (Mr D. L. Chipp) insists that all advertising which accompanies the film must carry in plain, bold type a suitable note warning people of what they might expect in the film.



THE DEVILS uncut version

In the UK, the BBFC demanded cuts to several scenes, including the bone masturbation, and the so-called 'rape of Christ' sequence. Warner Brothers have never allowed these sequences to be reinstated, so the 111m version has become the longest available. The Australian theatrical print would appear to be the same as the British. 


In April 1974, the Chief Censor, Richard Prowse, discussed this type of pre-censorship in an interview.

An Interview with the Chief Censor, Mr Prowse: The Censor Speaks
Cinema Papers issue 2, April 1974

CP: What about [films] being reconstructed before you ever see them?

PROWSE: Oh, yes, this is quite a common occurrence. We know that there are often a couple of versions of a particular sequence and apparently in some important films the importers know they are going to run into a problem somewhere in the world so they have the second sequence available.

CP: Take STRAW DOGS which was a different version here to the one shown in England. Would the decision to import this revised version have been made by the importers or the importers in discussion with you?

PROWSE: No. STRAW DOGS was passed uncut in Australia. Now I know that the British Board of Film Censors made cuts in STRAW DOGS.

CP: Yes, but they had a different version.

PROWSE: Well, I don’t know whether they did or not, I can’t remember now, that’s a few years back. But as far as I know the version that we saw here was the version that was released overseas.

CP: It was the same with CLOCKWORK ORANGE and THE DEVILS. The English film companies have a habit of making different prints for different countries and the CLOCKWORK ORANGE and STRAW DOGS which were seen here were the cut prints.

PROWSE: I wouldn’t know. I can check it out for you on our files if you like, because from memory both those films came here complete and unabridged.

CP: In STRAW DOGS there are two areas where the versions differed. One is the rape of the girl, where in the Australian print we don’t see the forced anal intercourse. Secondly the flashbacks during the church party are severely shortened.

In CLOCKWORK ORANGE the rape of Andrienne Corri is largely missing.

PROWSE: STRAW DOGS may be quite different because I think that is one of the areas where the British Board of Film Censors cut the film. We might have had the complete one and they had the abridged one. They also cut LAST TANGO which was uncut here too.



Questions asked in the NSW Parliament

The speakers are:

Tim Bruxner, Country Party, Tenterfield electorate
Eric Willis, Liberal Party, Earlwood electorate

NSW Legislative Assembly
Questions without Notice
February 29, 1972


Mr BRUXNER: I address my question without notice to the Chief Secretary and Minister for Tourism and Sport.

Has the Chief Secretary's attention been called to a press report that appeared yesterday concerning the exhibition in Sydney of a film called "The Devils"?

Is the Minister aware that one well known film critic has described this film as the sickest film that he has ever seen displayed on the screen?

Will the Minister agree that the entertainment needs of our community can be met quite adequately without the exhibition of such a film?

Will he agree, also, that it was not the intention of the legislation dealing with the "R" certificate classification to allow the public to view a film that has also been described in the press as disgusting, revolting and horrifying?

Accordingly, will the Minister undertake an investigation into the decision to permit this film to be released to the public?


Mr WILLIS: My attention has been invited to press reports concerning the film referred to by the honourable member for Tenterfield. They are probably the same press reports.

I am afraid that I cannot express my opinion on the film, as I have not seen it. Having seen only the press reports, I am unable to say anything more about it.

However, I assure him that when the "R" certificate system for classifying films was introduced, assurances were given by me in this legislature and by the Commonwealth Minister for Customs and Excise in the federal parliament-he being the Minister primarily responsible for the censorship of films-that it would not lead to an opening of the flood gates for the display of obscene or pornographic films, or films obsessed with horror or other distasteful features.

I have not heard of any change in policy by the Commonwealth film censors or by the Commonwealth Government, but in the light of the honourable member's request I shall certainly have inquiries made. Moreover, I shall take this matter up with my federal colleague so that, if necessary, these matters can be remedied or otherwise



1987: Censored M-rated VHS

In July 1987, a 103:38 tape of THE DEVILS was passed with an M-rating. The applicant was Corporate Video.

The M-rating was awarded for violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

It was also awarded for 'adult themes'.

The tape was released by Warner Home Video. The shorter running time, and the M-rating was an indication that the tape was cut. It actually contained the heavily censored, X-rated American theatrical version.

Despite being modified, the cover of Warner’s tape still bore the same warning that the censor had insisted on in 1972. In 1987, this was presumably not done at the Board's request, but instead to promote the video.



2000: R18+ rated VHS

In 2000, Warner Home Video re-released THE DEVILS on video with an R18+ rating, and no consumer advice. This indicates they were using the original 1972 rating. We are unsure which version this contains.



Export version

Information provided by Shane Harrison

The export print of THE DEVILS was slightly different to the UK release. When an insane Vanessa Regrave is asked what form the incubus takes she shouts out, at 51:03, the word "cunt". In Britain, this was overdubbed with the word "cock". The original Australian theatrical release lacked the overdub, as did the official Warner's VHS release in Germany in the 1990s. The official DVD release is of the British version.

Daybill image courtesy of Australian Cinema Pioneer


The Devils (1971) - Warner Bros. [au] Daybill     The Devils (1971) - Warner Home Video [au] VHS M-ratedThe Devils (1971) - Warner Home Video [au] VHS R18+ rated





Diamonds Are Forever

Directed by Guy Hamilton / UK / 1971 / IMDb

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 December 1971, a 10764-feet (119:36) print of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was passed with an M-rating.

Although it was not noted as being pre-cut, United Artists Australasia had actually briefly censored one scene. This YouTube clip shows the uncensored sequence. 



Information provided by an Australian Cinema Pioneer
In the sequence before the opening titles, James Bond suddenly removes a brown bikini top from a sunbathing woman, showing her partly tanned chest and
untanned left breast and nipple. Bond needs to use her bikini to strangle her, to obtain the vital information of the precise location of Blofeld.

The Australia Film Censorship Board ordered the elimination of "all shots of female nudity, being the woman's left breast and her left nipple". United Artists (A'asia) Pty Ltd, when requested made the one distributor cut to all film prints of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, reducing the official running time by less than one second.

Daybill image courtesy of


Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - United Artists Australasia [au] Daybill     Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Censored scene - Bond rips off bikini





Diamonds on Her Naked Flesh

aka Diamantia Sto Gymno Sou Soma (Classification Board title)

Directed by Omiros Efstratiadis / 1972 / Greece / IMDb

In February 1975, a 2800.00-meter (102:04) print of DIAMONDS ON HER NAKED FLESH was passed with an M-rating. This version was submitted under the Greek title DIAMANTIA STO GYMNO SOU SOMA, and had English subtitles. The running time indicates that it was a pre-censored print.

The applicant was Lyra Films.


It was re-submitted in July 1980 by Dynasty Film Distributors. The 3080.00-meter (112:16) print had to be censored by 5.50 meters (00:12) to gain an R-rating. The classification was awarded for sex and violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

The censored 00:12 consisted of sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous



DIAMONDS ON HER NAKED FLESH: The search for an uncut version

Review by Matt
English credits and fansubs
Greek language
Distributor - V.A Films (Vasalis Alatas)
Running time - 92:15 (PAL)
The version of DIAMONDS ON HER NAKED FLESH that I viewed came from a Greek PAL source which when converted to NTSC would be approximately 96:05. This is 6-minutes shorter than the February 1975 M-rated version, and 16-minutes less than the July 1980 censored R-rated version. This print contains very little sex, so I assume the 12-seconds snipped out in Australia, is also missing here.

Something Weird Video has the film available for download. No running time is listed, but I suspect that it is the US theatrical version that they mention was cut by around 20-minutes. In the UK, the BBFC list a time of 82:18 for a print that they censored back in September 1976.

Unfortunately, in 2015, the V.A Films version appears to be the longest that is easily available.





Diary of a Serial Killer

Directed by Otto Chan / 1995 / Hong Kong / IMDb

Yu's Entertainment had an 89m 35mm print of DIARY OF A SERIAL KILLER banned in August 1995. An 84m censored version was prepared and was finally passed for public exhibition with an R18+ (High Level Violence, High Level Sex Scenes) in September 1995.

The censored film went on to play in Raymond Yu's Australia Cinema in Sydney, and no doubt in other Chinese language cinemas around the country.


Here is what the OFLC had to say about the film in their Classification Board and Classification Review Board-Annual Report 1995-96.

"Diary of a Serial Killer, a Hong Kong, Chinese-language film with depictions of the torture, murder and mutilation of young women, was refused for some gratuitous and relished depictions of cruelty and sexual violence which the board considered would be regarded by reasonable persons as indecent. A revised version with cuts made to problematic scenes was subsequently classified R by the board"



The problem scenes

The 1995 Hong Kong VHS on the Universe Laser and Video label seems to be uncut. The running time of 91:03 indicates that it was NTSC. Using this as a guide, it is easy to what the Classification Board disapproved of. These would have to include:

13:00 approx - The murder of the prostitute in the shower. There is a flashback to this at 62m 30s approx.

14:30 approx - The murder of the second prostitute, Cheung Mai-Bo. He gags her and puts a firecracker inside her.

26:00 approx - Suffocates, and stabs a prostitute. Ties her up and cuts her breast. There is a flashback to the bound and gagged prostitute at 41m approx. There is also a flashback to the breast cutting at 55m approx.

53:00 approx - Uses rope to control the dead, naked prostitute like a puppet.

65:30 approx - Has sex with the dead prostitute.

70:00 approx - Has sex with the prostitute, suffocates her, burns her with iron, and then cuts her.





Diary of a Sinner 

Directed by Ed Hunt / 1974 / Canada / IMDb

In March 1975, a 2645.20-meter (96:25) print of DIARY OF A SINNER was censored by 61.20-meters (02:13) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Warner Brothers was the applicant.


Review by William
Thanks for confirming the full running time of DIARY OF A SINNER. Been trying to track down an uncut version of this canuxploitation film for years, but the only version I have so far found runs just 74:21. The UK pre-cert release on the Champion label is this length, so I assume that was the source. There is a second UK pre-cert tape on the Olympus label, which has a similar running time. Will let you know if I find a longer version.





Die Insel der Dämonen

Directed by Andreas Bethmann / 1998 / Germany / IMDb

The Chopping List reports that a DVD of DIE INSEL DER DAMONEN was confiscated by customs in 2004.





The Dirty Dolls 

Directed Stu Segall / 1973 / USA / IMDb

In February 1976, a 2167.12-meter (78:59) print of THE DIRTY DOLLS was censored by 44.10-meters (01:37) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Rebelz were the applicant.


Stu Segall's TOUGH GUNS (1972) and THE SUCKERS (1972) also had problems with the Censorship Board.





The Dirty Mind of Young Sally

Directed by Bethel Buckalew / 1973 / USA / IMDb

In May 1976, a 1042.00-meter (94:57) 16mm print of THE DIRTY MIND OF YOUNG SALLY was banned because of 'indecency'.

Regent Trading Enterprises was the applicant.


A 2303.00-meter (83:57) version was banned because of 'indecency' in November 1978. This was followed in May 1979 by a third refusal, this time for an even more heavily censored 2123.90-meter (77:25) print.

The Films Board of Review rejected an appeal against the banning of the 77:25 version in July 1979. In each of these cases, 14th Mandolin was the applicant.



Possible video releases

In December 1980, a 105m videotape of THE DIRTY MIND OF YOUNG SALLY was Refused Registration because of sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

K&C Video had a 95m tape banned for the same reasons in May 1981, but had a shorter 80m version video passed with an X-rating in February 1984.

In September 1987, Variety Video had a 64m 'edited version' rated R18+. It was awarded for sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

It is unclear if THE DIRTY MIND OF YOUNG SALLY was ever released on video in Australia.



Censored Something Weird DVD

Review by Carlos
THE DIRTY MIND OF YOUNG SALLY is one of Harry Novak’s most explicit releases, with the sex, at times, bordering on hardcore.

Something Weird’s US DVD runs 95:33 (NTSC), and actually censors a few seconds of sex at 60:52. This occurs just after the girl moves down to kiss the man’s penis. Instead of making a cut, the film slows down and shows his hand on the back of her head, followed by a shot of his face.





A Dirty Western

Directed by Joseph F. Robertson / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In March 1978, a 1537.00-meter (56:01) print of A DIRTY WESTERN was passed with an R-rating. This version had been reduced by pre-censor cuts totaling 420-meters (15:18).

Roadshow Distributors were the applicant. Blake Films is listed on the daybill poster.


In December 1982, a 70m tape was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded because of 'sexual violence'.

PBL Video was the applicant. The tape was released on the Playaround Video label with a cover image of a bound and gagged naked woman.


In December 2004, a 155m VHS containing A DIRTY WESTERN and THRILL ST. BLUES (1985) was banned by the OFLC. It is unclear if one, or both of the films were responsible for the RC-rating.

The applicant was the Child Abuse Investigation Unit of the Western Australian Police.

Daybill image courtesy of


A Dirty Western (1975) - Blake Films [au] Daybill     A Dirty Western (1975) - Playaround Video [au] PBL Video [au] AdA Dirty Western (1975) - Playaround Video [au] PBL Video [au] VHS





Discreet Pleasures in a Swedish Upper Class Family 

Produced by Filminvest / 197? / Sweden / IMDb link required

Note: Filminvest is confirmed as the Producer, so this may be Mac Ahlberg’s MOLLY (1977). The Australian title is listed online as an AKA, however the October 1976 classification date is at least six months before the Swedish premiere.


In October 1976, a 2491.00-meter (90:48) print of DISCREET PLEASURES IN A SWEDISH UPPER CLASS FAMILY was banned because of 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.





The Disturbance

Directed by Cliff Guest / 1990 / USA / IMDb

Tru-Value Pty Ltd had an 93m videotape of THE DISTURBANCE banned in 1992.


Review by Matt
This has just (Sep '08) been released by Media Blasters as on a triple-bill DVD with POSED FOR MURDER (1989) and ALIEN SPACE AVENGER (1989).

THE DISTURBANCE runs 92:40, which would seem to match the time that was submitted to the censors back in 1992. The scenes that may have caused the problems would have been as follows.

11-12min - Clay spies on a girl through a window as she removes her bra. He breaks into the house and strangles her with a belt.

21:15-22:30min - Clay and Susan are having sex. He begins to fantasise about slapping her, throwing her on the bed, tearing off her top, and then raping her. The scene cuts back between fantasy and reality until they merge when Susan begins to complain that he is hurting her. This is the scene that would have definitely caused a problem

63:00-60:30min - Clay is shown masturbating as he fantasises about garrotting a topless woman.

83-84min - Clay has a flashback to the murder of Susan. he knocks her out with a punch then stabs her. This part is not particularly graphic, and I doubt it would have been a problem.

The film has a real downbeat feeling to it, kind of similar to DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE. The scenes described above may sound graphic, but I don't really feel the film should have ran into problems with the Classification Board. I guess that back in 1992 any kind of sexual violence was frowned upon, but in 2008 I'd say this would be an R18+.



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