Film Censorship: F #2


 

 

 

 

Forbidden Decameron

aka Il Decamerone Proibito

Directed by Carlo Infascelli - Antonio Racioppi / 1972 / Italy / IMDb

In January 1973, a 2608.00-meter (95:04) print of FORBIDDEN DECAMERON was banned because of 'indecency'. Roadshow Distributors made an unsuccessful appeal to the Film Board of Review in March 1973.

A censored 2443.00-meter (89:03) version was passed with an R-rating in June 1973.

 

A 93m Italian tape under the title IL DECAMERONE PROIBITO was passed with an R-rating in August 1982. It was awarded for sex, which was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

A M Alessi Film and Video Service was the applicant. We presume the tape was an Italian import of the CVR label release.

 

Forbidden Decameron (1972) - CVR [it] VHS


 

 

 

 

Forbidden Passions

Produced by A.Ciel / 197? / USA / IMDb link required 

In August 1975, a 2304.00-meter (83:59) print of FORBIDDEN PASSIONS was banned because of 'indecency'. A 'reconstructed version' running 2210.00-meter (80:33) was passed with an R-rating in December 1975.

Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.

We require an IMDb link for this film. An ad mat can be found at technicolouryawn.com.


 

 

 

 

Forbidden Sexuality

Produced by Hans Borge / 1971 / West Germany / IMDb

In September 1974, a 1997.05-meter (72:47) print of FORBIDDEN SEXUALITY was banned because of 'indecency'. This was overturned in December 1974, when the Film Board of Review awarded the same version an R-rating.

Although we do not know the date it occurred, it appears that the Film Censorship Board also refused the 83:81-meter (03:03) trailer for FORBIDDEN SEXUALITY. The Films Board of Review was also asked to judge this decision, and in February 1975, they confirmed the ban.

In all cases, Seven Keys were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Four Days Affair

Produced by Sam Films / 197? / France / IMDb link required

Note: Sam Films are confirmed as the Producer. However, no film in their IMDb listing appears to match this title.

In April 1977, a 2112.00-meter (76:59) print of THE FOUR DAYS AFFAIR was banned because of 'indecency'. A 1542.10-meter (56:12) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in November 1977.

Pan American Productions were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Fox That You Love

aka Fox Tang Gi (Classification Board title)

Directed by Wei Yang-sheng / 198? / Taiwan / IMDb link required

In September 1989, a 66-minute print of THE FOX THAT YOU LOVE was banned because of sex. It was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 65-minute 'edited version' was passed with an R18+ (Frequent sexual activity) rating in November 1989. The sex was now described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Yu Enterprises was the applicant.

 

 

Why the FOX TANG GI title?

When this site was launched in 2002, FOX TANG GI was the only film we could not identify. It would take 15-years to get to the bottom of this mystery, and was done by someone who happened to watch this obscure title at Raymond Yu's Australia Cinema.

Information provided by Martin
I think I have finally cracked the mystery of this Taiwanese porn film. I saw it in a theatre in Sydney (the long-shuttered Australia Cinema on the edge of Chinatown) on a triple bill of action/erotica way back in the late 80s. I remember it particularly for cues stolen from the Charles Bernstein score for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. I located at least one sample of the ELM STREET 1 soundtrack at 13:53 in the print I found on XHamster as "taiwan 80s vintage fun 1".

The credits list the film in English as THE FOX THAT YOU LOVE, while the Chinese title translates literally as A SEXUAL HISTORY OF DAJI. The difference in English title can be explained by the first two characters of the Chinese title. Daji was the name of the Shang Emperor's infamous concubine featured in the film. The Classification Office's listed title seems to have taken the English "FOX" and added a Cantonese variation of Daji as "TANG GI".

The character Daji is a fascinating one; her story (see Wikipedia and other websites) reminds one a little bit of Caligula. In any case, she is probably better referred to as a courtesan rather than a concubine. Note also that her legend includes her being a manifestation of the fox demon, which accounts for the mystical hocus-pocus in the first minutes of the film and the fox in the English title.

The Producer/Director is listed as Wei Yang-sheng, however, this is also the name of a prominent character in ancient Chinese erotic fiction and therefore almost certainly a pseudonym.

 

A DVD of THE FOX THAT YOU LOVE was released in Hong Kong on the Mega Base Technology label. This would appear to be the source of the numerous uploads of the film that are online. The print runs 68:05, and several jumps during the numerous sex scenes would indicate that it too is censored.

The presence of male nudity marks it out as being more explicit than anything that was being produced in Hong Kong at the time. Although the sex is softcore, it does push the limits, and definitely earns the R18+ (Frequent sexual activity) rating.


 

 

 

 

Foxy Ladies

Directed by Chi Lu / 1979 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In October 1981, a 2753.70-meter (100:22) print of THE FOXY LADIES was censored by 4.00-meters (00:09) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to remove violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The R-rating was awarded for violence, which was now said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Joe Sui International Film Co released the film in Australia to Chinese language theaters.

The Classification Board lists this as a Golden Harvest production. However, we believe it to be the 1979 Shaw Brothers film.

 

Review by Matt
Intercontinental Video [hk] VCD - 97:39
It is hard to identify what the censor objected to in THE FOXY LADIES. However, I would hazard a guess that the 00:09 of cuts would have come from the climatic martial arts battle where the girls and their boss fight the bad guys.


 

 

 

 

Framed

Directed by Phil Karlson / 1975 / USA / IMDb

FRAMED was first Refused Registration in September 1975 in a print running 2825.00-meters (102:58). The reason given for the ban was 'excessive violence'. A censored 2743.00-meter (99:59) version was awarded an R-rating in March 1976.

United International Pictures released it theatrically.

 

 

Censored VHS Release

It was Refused Registration again in July 1985, this time in the form of a 102m VHS. The reason given for the ban was violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

CIC-TAFT Video censored the print down to 100m and received an R-rating in March 1987. The reason for the rating was violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

The censored 100:14 VHS was released on the CIC-TAFT Video label.

 

 

FRAMED: Censored VHS vs. Uncensored DVD

Review by Matt
This Joe Don Baker revenge tale is (in the uncut version) a true guilty pleasure. Here is a comparison between the Aussie CIC-TAFT VHS, and the uncut Legend Films DVD from the U.S.. There may be other cuts, but these are the ones that were most noticeable.

15min approx- Here Haskins has come to arrest Ron for the shooting. The two get into a very violent and bloody fight. Ron finally kills Haskins by bashing his head four times of the garage floor. The CIC VHS cuts the first two of these (as well as a few seconds before), and only shows the last two.

19min - Susan is threatened by Frank and the blond guy. The CIC VHS cuts the part where she says "Ow, my breasts". The scene then continues with her slowly sliding down the wall before it cuts again. Missing here is around 25s of Frank threatening Susan by pushing the gun close to her mouth. He breathes deeply as he does so as if aroused. No nudity or any rape are shown in the uncut version although it is mentioned later in the film.

83min - In the CIC VHS Ron is shown placing his gun next to Frank's ear. It then cuts around 25sec of him shooting and of the now bloody ear as Frank is bundled into the car.

85min - Ron opens the hood of his car and pushes Frank under it. Missing in the CIC VHS is a shot of the spark plug being pushed into Frank's ear.

97min - The CIC VHS cuts the scene where Ron stabs the Mayor in the back of the hand.

The versions were:
Legend Films (U.S.) DVD 105:49 (NTSC)
CIC-TAFT Video (Aus) VHS 100:14 (PAL)
If the censored VHS is converted to NTSC then it gives a running time of 104:25 which would mean it is missing between a minute and a minute and a half of footage.

You mention the version (presumably uncut) that was first submitted back in 1975 as running 103:15 which does not really make sense when compared to these times. Anyway, I would safely say that now this would get through with all 'excessive violence' intact.

 

 

Censored TV screening

In 2000, FRAMED was screened by Channel 7 Sydney in their mid-day movie slot. We assume the print must have been heavily censored.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Framed (1975) - United International Pictures [au] Daybill     Framed (1975) - CIC-TAFT Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Freedom to Love

Directed by Eberhardt Kronhausen - Phyllis Kronhausen / 1969 / West Germany / IMDb

In May 1976, a 2606.00-meter (94:59) print of FREEDOM TO LOVE was censored by 108.20-meters (03:56) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Regent Trading Enterprises were the applicant.

 

In the early 1980S, K&C Video released FREEDOM TO LOVE on tape.

 

The films of sexologist couple Phyllis and Eberhardt Kronhausen had problems in Australia. THE HOTTEST SHOW IN TOWN (1974) was banned, then censored, and WHY? (1971) was banned outright.

 

 

FREEDOM TO LOVE (1969) - Review

Review by Matt
Something Weird Video [us] 1997 release
Time - 84:31

Around half of the running time of FREEDOM TO LOVE is made of short stories that are used to illustrate a subject. We get a young mechanic who meets a girl who turns out to be 15 years old, a lesbian teacher who is spied on having sex by two of her pupils, and a woman who cannot orgasm with her boyfriend, who eventually has an abortion. All contain softcore sex, which may have been cut by the Australian Censor.

The final story concerns a couple who are taken to a swinger’s party. This ends in a five minutes of group sex that contains scenes of hardcore which would have definitely been removed from the Australian print.

Also included is 2.30-minutes clip from the infamous animation EVEREADY HARTON IN BURIED TREASURE (1929), and a visit to a Copenhagen sex shop. The censor may have cut the former as it contains cartoon scenes of bestially, and the latter because hardcore porn magazines such as Color Climax are openly shown.

The remaining running time is much better, and would be of interest to any readers of your site, as it looks at sexual liberation and censorship. Some of the interviews include Hugh Heffner, John Trevelyan, the Secretary of the BBFC from 1958 to 1971, Kenneth Tynan, producer of OH! CALCUTTA!, and Hans Henrik Brydensholt from the Danish Department of Justice.

 

Freedom to Love (1969) - K&C Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Freeway

Directed by Matthew Bright / 1996 / USA / IMDb

Columbia Tristar Films had a 102m 35mm print of FREEWAY rated R18+ (Adult themes; Medium level violence; Sexual references) in March 1997. The following month saw Columbia Tristar Home Video have a 102m VHS passed with the same rating.

 

 

R-rated FREEWAY was censored

Despite the censorship database not listing it as such, FREEWAY had actually lost two minutes prior to being past with an R-rating.

Freeway to open despite Detours
theaustralian.com.au, September 18, 1997

The Office of Film and Literature Classification has taken such a dim view of parts of a new American film called Freeway that it has demanded two minutes be cut before granting it an R certificate. The film, which has Oliver Natural Born Killers Stone as an executive producer and is the debut feature for writer director Matthew Bright, is to be released locally in its censored version in November.

According to distributor the Globe Film Co, two sequences have been censored: one where Sutherland repeatedly insults Witherspoon with profane language and asks her in a highly ungenteel manner if she would care for a spot of anal intercourse. The other shows dead grandma with her legs spread, her private parts concealed by a vase.

 

 

FREEWAY: What was censored?

According to the article in The Australian, two sequences were removed.

...one where Sutherland repeatedly insults Witherspoon with profane language and asks her in a highly ungenteel manner if she would care for a spot of anal intercourse.

This presumably takes place at approximately the 32m point in the VHS release. This is where Bob is talking to Vanessa as they drive. It starts with him listening to her problems of abuse at the hands of her stepfather, to him threatening her with a scalpel.

 

The other shows dead grandma with her legs spread, her private parts concealed by a vase.

The first shot of the dead Grandma is around the 91m mark in the VHS. Bob takes Vanessa to her body. Here we are only shown the top part of her naked torso, with a rope around the neck. The second shot is around the 93m mark where the cops enter the trailer and view the body. Again, only the top half is shown.

 

 

104m version banned

In February 1998, Columbia Tristar Home Video had a 104m VHS Refused Classification. It is unclear why the longer version was submitted as the censored 102m version had already been rated R18+ in April 1997.

The censored version was eventually released on VHS by Columbia Tristar Video and ran 97:43.

 

 

Force Entertainment DVD was censored

In January 2007, Force Entertainment gave FREEWAY its Australian DVD premiere.

Review by David V.
Being well aware of the censorship issues the film FREEWAY had here in Australia I was quite interested to see what the R4 DVD released by Force Entertainment on Jan 17 would be like. If the details of what was censored from the Australian version listed on your site through the article is accurate, than it appears we are still faced with the exact same censored version of the film. We still only get to see the two quick above the torso shots of the dead grandma on this DVD release, the other shot detailing her with her legs spread out covered by a vase is not to be found.

A line of dialogue also looked to have been edited out during the Freeway conversion when the character played by Keifer Sutherland quizzes Reese Witherspoon's character sexually about her past. The last question he asks her before she starts to flip out and verbally abusing him back seemed abruptly cut almost like a whole bit of middle dialogue was taken out. However the line that was edited from the US release (Reportedly 'Get your pants down you fucking cunt') by the MPAA is actually still present in the Australian version.

Interesting things to note about this release by Force Entertainment is that the DVD version still carries the same consumer advice of "Adult Themes, Sexual References, Medium Level Violence" it received in 1997, infact according to the OFLC database, that was the last time the film was submitted for classification. Another thing is the DVD version of the film runs in at just under 102 minutes (101:57 I think to be exact) and appears to be a NTSC-PAL conversion - 102 minute version listed as being the censored version.

 

Freeway - Columbia Tristar Video [au] VHSFreeway - Force Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

The French Governess 

Directed by Demofilo Fidani / 1976 / Italy / IMDb

In January 1978, a 2736.80-meter (99:45) print of THE FRENCH GOVERNESS was banned because of 'indecency'. A 2259.00-meter (82:20) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in March 1978.

Blake Films were the applicant.

 

During the early 80s, there was no law that compelled distributors to have video tapes classified. For a period, 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.

In July 1983, a 70m tape of THE FRENCH GOVERNESS was passed with such a warning. The applicant was Video Box Office.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

The French Governess (1976) - Blake Films [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

French Love 

Directed Claude Pierson / 1974 / France / IMDb

In February 1976, a 2084.68-meter (75:59) print of FRENCH LOVE was censored by 49.50-meters (01:48) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

French Love (1974) - Roadshow Films [au] BEF [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

French Sexy-Go-Round  

Directed by Jean Desvilles / 1972 / France / IMDb

In November 1973, a 2863.00-meter (104:21) 'reconstructed version' of FRENCH SEXY GO-ROUND was censored by a further 56.68-meters (02:04) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Robert Kapferer was the applicant. One of the daybills lists it as being released by Blake Films.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

French Sexy-Go-Round (1972)  DaybillFrench Sexy-Go-Round (1972) - Blake Films [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Directed by Joseph Zito / 1984 / USA / IMDb

United International Pictures had a 2496-meter (91:14) print of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER passed in May 1984, and a 93m version passed in November 1984.
In both cases the reason given for the R-ratings was violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

CIC-TAFT Video had an 89m video Refused Registration in January 1985.
The reason given was violence, which were described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

Censored VHS release

In February 1985, CIC-TAFT had a censored 86m video of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER passed with an R-rating.
The reason given was violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This is the first video release, and the actual running time was 86:44. Jason's death scene has been censored in this version.

 

 

Banned again

United International Pictures had a 1001.10-meter (91:25) 16mm print Refused Registration in July 1985.
The reason given was violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

United International Pictures successfully appealed to the Review Board, and in August 1985 the ban was overturned and the 16mm print was rated R.

 

 

Machete death passed in SCREAM GREATS VOLUME 1: TOM SAVINI

Showing just how inconsistent they really were, in 1986 the censors passed the same scene when it was included in the Showcase Video release of SCREAM GREATS VOLUME 1: TOM SAVINI. See our separate database entry for more information regarding this classification.

 

 

Uncensored VHS release

In 1994, CIC-TAFT released an 87:34 uncut sell-through video of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER. This tape could be identified by the bottom of its front cover, which has the words 'Horror House Unlimited' printed over blood red. Thanks to Peter Verevis for the cover and running time.

 

 

Censored TV print

In 2002, FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER began screening on Foxtel's Encore channel in a print that ran 87:15. Jason is shown getting the machete in the face, but his following death scene is missing.

 

 

Uncut DVDs

The R4 Paramount DVD released in July 2002 was uncut and ran 87:34. It was re-released in 2009 with new packaging.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - United International Pictures [au]     Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - CIC-TAFT Video [au] VHS 1Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - CIC-TAFT Video [au] VHS 2Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - Paramount [au] DVD 1Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - Paramount [au] DVD 2


 

 

 

 

The Fruit is Swelling

Dir Man Kei Chin/ 1997 / Hong Kong / IMDb

An 89m 35mm print of THE FRUIT IS SWELLING was Refused Classification in May 1997. A week later Chinatown Cinema had censored the offending footage, and were awarded an R18+ (High level Sex Scenes) rating. The cuts must have been minor because the R-rated version also ran 89m.

 

Here is what the OFLC had to say about THE FRUIT IS SWELLING in their 1996 to 1997 Annual Report.

An eight-year old girl, whose wish to be eighteen years old is magically granted, is the central character of the Chinese language film The Fruit is Swelling. This sex comedy exploits the fantasy theme of a young girl suddenly in an adult body. In a majority view of the board the film warranted an RC classification for a depiction of sexual violence, with a minority view that the film also warranted RC for an offensive/exploitative fantasy and an offensive depiction of a minor.

An alternative minority view was that both the fantasy depicted and the scene of sexual violence was sufficiently implied and undetailed to be accommodated in the R classification. It acknowledged that the film was likely to offend some sections of the adult community but not to the extent that the film warranted an RC classification. The film was subsequently edited and the revised version was classified R.


 

 

 

 

Frustration

Produced by Main Tanus Film / 197? / West Germany / IMDb link required

In December 1973, a 2202.18-meter (80:16) print of FRUSTRATION was censored by 58.13-meters (02:07) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Lyra Films was the applicant.

This appears to be a different film to Jose Benazeraf’s FRUSTRATION (1971), which was passed with an R-rating in 1977 as FRUSTRATION "THE TRIP TO PERVERSION".


 

 

 

 

The Fugitives

Directed by Unknown / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

In January 1981, a 487-meter (44:22) 16mm print of THE FUGITIVES was censored by 4.6-meters (00:25) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

In the censored R-rated version it was:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin released it theatrically, and on their King of Video label.

 

In the US, Alpha Blue Archives issued this as part of a DVD set titled THE FUGITIVES PLUS THE LOST FILMS OF CYNDEE SUMMERS.


 

 

 

 

Fugitive X: Innocent Target

Directed by David Heavener / 1996 / USA / IMDb

Peacock Films had a 98m VHS of FUGITIVE X: INNOCENT TARGET Refused Classification in July 1996.

 

Thanks to Wayne for this.

The print of FUGITIVE X: INNOCENT TARGET that I viewed came from a US cable TV screening and ran only 94:17. I have no idea why the Aussie censor banned it. The film itself is a cheap action flick that has a “most dangerous game” plot.

From what I saw, I would say it should be MA15+. However, the running time was around four minutes shorter than the print the OFLC banned in 1996. Although I could not identify what was missing, I would assume that the one I viewed was censored of some scene of sexual violence. I can't believe that the scene at 13:15 when Eddie the pimp slaps Alisha and threatens her would have cause an RC-rating. This plot point turns out to be a set-up to trap Adam.


 

 

 

La Fura Dels Baus: XXX Film Elements

Directed by Fraine Aleuaud - Emmanuel Carler / 2002 / Spain

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

 

LA FURA DELS BAUS, the controversial Spanish theatre group, performed their work XXX in Sydney and Melbourne during February and March 2004.

As a backdrop to the performance, they screen sexually explicit film clips. They had performed XXX in a number of countries, and although controversial, they had never felt the need to censor their work.

However, for Australia it was decided to pixelate and obscure the film to prevent any possibility of prosecution. It was also decided to submit the film to the OFLC for classification.

 

The Australian producer, Rodney Rigby, explained why.

"... submitting the video to the OFLC was a necessary safeguard akin to "fire-proofing the scenery".

 

 

Rated R18+ by the censors

New Theatricals submitted the censored 27m film for classification and on February 3rd 2004 and received an R18+ (Strong Sexual Violence, Sexual Activity). The censorship database lists XXX as being the original version and makes no mention of the cuts. This kind of under reporting goes on all the time in the X18+ category. Distributors feel the need to pre-cut to avoid being banned, the OFLC can then safely pass the film and it is listed as an original version. At the end of the year, the OFLC can produce statistics in their Annual Report that show they ban very few submissions.

 

 

Advertising for the shows

The advertising for the show itself carried the warning:

"ADULTS ONLY 18+: This production contains extreme and explicit sexual themes and images throughout.
Persons under 18 will not be admitted in the theatre."

 

One of the creators of XXX, Valentina Carrasco explained her reaction to this being the first country in which they had to censor the film.

"We had this idea of Australia being a very open country and people being relaxed, so when this first arose we thought it was a joke, but it got serious pretty quickly,"

"It was quite unbelievable. The only other place we had a little bit of a reaction, and it was mainly a tabloid reaction, was in London."

"This has never happened before,"
"It doesn't alter the quality of the show because the show's not just about the video. But it was very, very strange to have to do it. We were not expecting that."

 

 

Fred Nile protests against Sydney show

XXX opened in Melbourne on February 4th, and moved to Sydney on the 25th.

 

The review of the opening night in The Sydney Morning Herald stated.

"..... the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification granted an R-rating to XXX's 20 minutes of pre-recorded explicit footage.

However, an announcement before the show, explaining that the footage had been modified to achieve the rating, drew boos from the audience.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald also reported that a protest was held by six of Fred Nile's Christian nutters at the opening Sydney show.

They applied and were refused a police permit, but went ahead anyway. The police were quoted as saying:

"They're pretty gentle people. We're not expecting any trouble"

 

The above quotes are taken from the following articles.

Risque think piece takes on porn world
smh.com.au, February 4, 2004

Show's censorship 'a joke'
sunherald.com.au, February 15, 2004

Sex and sensibility
smh.com.au, February 20, 2004

How to protest politely
smh.com.au, February 26, 2004

 

 

LA FURA DELS BAUS questioned in NSW Parliament

The next day, Fred Nile asked the following questions about XXX in the NSW Parliament.

NSW Legislative Council Hansard
26.02.04
XXX COMMONWEALTH OFFICE OF FILM AND LITERATURE CLASSIFICATION
Page: 6647

Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE: I ask the Minister for Justice, representing the Minister for Police and the Attorney General, a question without notice. Is it a fact that the Spanish hard-core pornographic live stage show and film production called XXX opened last night, until 7 March 2004, at the Enmore Theatre, Newtown? Is it a fact that the Commonwealth Office of Film and Literature Classification, following the Melbourne presentation, proposed to refuse classification to segments of the hard-core pornographic film shown on stage, but finally reclassified those segments R-rated if they were blurred? What action is the New South Wales Police Force taking to enforce the Commonwealth's ruling as State police have the responsibility to stop persons under 18 years of age attending XXX ? What action is the New South Wales Police Force or the Attorney General taking to ensure New South Wales criminal laws concerning offensive behaviour, et cetera, are not being broken by the XXX production?

The Hon. JOHN HATZISTERGOS: I congratulate Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile on the peaceful protest that was arranged at the Enmore Theatre, and I was pleased to learn that apparently there were more police there than there were protestors, according to the news reports. In any event, I will obtain an answer from the Minister and advise the honourable member in due course.

Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile: A peaceful protest.

The Hon. JOHN HATZISTERGOS: A peaceful Christian protest, I was told.

 

NSW Legislative Council Hansard
30.03.04
XXX COMMONWEALTH OFFICE OF FILM AND LITERATURE CLASSIFICATION
Page: 7652

On 26 February Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile asked the Minister for Justice, representing the Minister for Police a question without notice regarding the XXX Commonwealth Office of Film and Literature Classification. The Minister provided the following response:

NSW Police has advised me that officers from the Newtown Local Area Command took appropriate action to ensure that restrictions relevant to the film segments' "R" classification were enforced.

 

 

Background to the OFLC's R18+ rating

The following is taken from the REPORT ON THE REVIEW OF THE OPERATION OF THE 2003 GUIDELINES FOR THE CLASSIFICATION OF FILMS AND COMPUTER GAMES. It includes further information about the classification of LA FURA DELS BAUS: XXX. It shows that despite being pre-cut before submission, a minority of the Classification Board still wanted it banned.

 

REPORT ON THE REVIEW OF THE OPERATION OF THE 2003 GUIDELINES FOR THE CLASSIFICATION OF FILMS AND COMPUTER GAMES.

Prepared by Kate Aisbett, Entertainment Insights
December 2004

Executive Summary
Review process
A review of the first twelve months’ operation of the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2003 (the 2003 Guidelines) was promised by the former Attorney General, the Hon Daryl Williams AM QC MP, to ensure that the decisions made under the 2003 Guidelines align with those made under the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Videotapes – Amendment No. 3, 2000, and Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games – Amendment No. 1, 1999 (the previous guidelines). The review of the 2003 Guidelines has been conducted and is the subject of this report.

The principal object of the review is to assess whether the combining and recasting of the previous guidelines into the 2003 Guidelines has had the effect of changing the level of content that falls into the various classification categories for film and games.

 

4 Complaints received by the OFLC

4.3.2 Ministerial Correspondence 1 July 2003-30 June 2004
The OFLC processed 250 items of ministerial correspondence, including letters, emails and facsimiles referred to the Attorney-General in the financial year 2003- 2004. This was about 70% less ministerial correspondence than the previous year. Report on the Review of the Operations of the 2003 Classification Guidelines for Films and Computer Games 27 Main issues raised in the correspondence were:

• the theatre production Les Fura dels Baux XXX and the lack of a classification system for theatre (30 items);

 

7 Examination of Board decision reports

7.6.4 Split decisions for R18+ classifications
The other split decision was for the video components sequences accompanying the theatre production of Les Fura dels Baux XXX by Spanish theatre company La Fura dels Baus. As the Board report describes:

The film elements contain disparate subject matter including female and male genitalia, simulated sexual activity, graphic breast surgery, television news footage and simulated sexual assault.

In the minority view:

… the depictions of sexual violence were explicit rather than implied and that the impact of the material exceeds high. Furthermore, in the view of a minority of the Board, the film as submitted did not have sufficient context or artistic merit to allow it to be accommodated at R.

In the majority’s view the sexual violence scene was implicit and lacked detail. The Board report noted that ‘the implied sexual assault at this point are obscured by pixilation’. The majority argued that the film was ‘unlikely to be screened without the context and narrative of the live production….in the majority view: ‘The work has a serious artistic intent, is not intended to titillate and is likely to be heralded as a controversial work for an adult audience.’

The decision does not indicate a change in standards resulting from the change in guidelines. The Board members formulated their argument based on the 2003 Guidelines statement that ‘sexual violence may be implied’ at R18+. Board members differed in their reading of the film content in this particular case.

 

Attachment D – OFLC responses to titles referred to in the report
La Fura Dels Baus XXX
On 2 February 2004, the Board classified the film component of La Fura Dels Baus XXX R18+ with the consumer advice ‘strong sexual violence, sexual activity’. The theatre production La Fura Dels Baus XXX included video screens displaying disparate subject matter including depictions of sexual activity and sexual violence.

The Board took into account the principle in the Code that ‘adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want’ together with other principles including ‘minors should be protected from material likely to harm or disturb them’.

In applying the classification guidelines, the Board considered that the classifiable elements of the film did not exceed the high impact level and could be accommodated at the R18+ category.


 

 

 

 

Fury in Red

Directed by Chong Lei / 1991 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In February 1992, a 92m 35mm print of FURY IN RED was banned by the OFLC because of sexual violence.

Yu Enterprises censored it to 89m, and the following week, were awarded an R18+ (Medium Level Violence) rating.

 

Here is what the OFLC had to say about FURY IN RED in their 1991 to 1992 Annual Report.

With regard to FURY IN RED, a Chinese contemporary crime drama set in Hong Kong, the board noted a lengthy and exploitative scene

...with clear indications of coercion and non-consent.

It was considered by the board to be 'indecent' pursuant to the Customs Regulations as the pregnant women's clothing is forcibly removed and her rape by three males is shown in considerable detail, culminating with implied knife cuts to her breasts. The resulting wounds are shown in a subsequent scene.

 

 

FURY IN RED: The censored rape scene

Thanks to Matt for this review.

I viewed an English dub of FURY IN RED under the alternate title of EASTERN HEROES. It ran 88:46, which I presume makes it a PAL version. The two scenes mentioned by the censor are:

56:30 to 59:38 - Paula is grabbed and her underwear torn off. Three masked men then take turns to rape her. Eventually, a fourth man runs a knife and breasts, and we see his face as he cuts her chest off-screen.

62:10 to 62:30 - In the hospital, the dressing on Paula’s chest is pulled back to reveal two Chinese characters carved onto her breasts.

It appears around three minutes was removed for an R-rating, meaning most of the rape scene was censored.

 

Fury in Red (1991) - Censored scene 01Fury in Red (1991) - Censored scene 02


 

 

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