Film Censorship: Romance (1999)


 

 

 

 

Romance

Directed by Catherine Breillat / 1999 / France / IMDb

In January 2000, Potential Films had a 99m 35mm print of ROMANCE banned by the OFLC.

The full Classification Board report, and their press release, can be found at Libertus.

 

 

ROMANCE: R18+ by Review Board

Potential Films appealed against the ban, and in late January 2000 the Review Board awarded it an R18+ (High level sex scenes) rating.

 

The full report is as follows.

CLASSIFICATION REVIEW BOARD
29TH MEETING
28 JANUARY 2000
23-33 MARY STREET SURRY HILLS NSW

PRESENT: Ms Barbara Biggins (Convenor) Mr Ross Tzannes (Acting Deputy Convenor) Ms Joan Yardley Ms Glenda Banks Ms Robin Harvey

APPLICANT: Potential Films

BUSINESS: To review the decision of the Classification Board to assign the classification RC (Refused Classification) under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to the film Romance.

DECISION AND REASONS FOR DECISION

1. Decision

The Classification Review Board decided to set aside the decision of the Classification Board to classify the film Romance RC (Refused Classification), and to classify the film R 18+ with the consumer advice "High Level Sex Scenes".

 

2. Legislative provisions

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (the Act) governs the classification of films and the review of classification decisions. The Act provides that films be classified in accordance with the National Classification Code and the classification guidelines.

Relevantly, para 11 of the Act require that "The matters to be taken into account in making a decision on the classification of ...a film... include (a) the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults; and (b) the literary, artistic or educational merit (if any) of the ... film...; and (c) the general character of the ...film..., including whether it is of a medical, legal or scientific character; and (d) the persons or class of persons to or amongst whom it is published or is intended or likely to be published

The National Classification Code (the Code) requires that "Classification decisions are to give effect, as far as possible, to the following principles: a) adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want; b) minors should be protected from material likely to harm or disturb them; c) everyone should be protected from exposure to unsolicited material that they find offensive; d) the need to take account of community concerns about: i) depictions that condone or incite violence, particularly sexual violence; and ii) the portrayal of persons in a demeaning manner.

Paragraph 1 of the Table under the heading "films", in the National Classification Code provides that films that:

a) depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime or cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such as 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; or

b) depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult a minor who is or who looks like, a person under 16 (whether engaged or not in sexual activity); or

c) promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence

are to be classified RC.

 

3. Procedure

3 1 The Board heard oral submissions from Mr Mark Spratt and Mr Alex Meskovic representing Potential Films at its meeting on 28 January 2000.

The Board subsequently viewed the film Romance .

 

4. Matters taken into account

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

(a) the applicant's application for Review (b) oral submissions made on behalf of the applicant by Mr Mark Spratt and Mr Alex Meskovic. (c) the film Romance (d) the relevant provisions in the Act (e) the relevant provisions in the National Classification Code as amended in accordance with Section 6 of the Act, and as endorsed by the Censorship Ministers. (f) the current Classification Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Videotapes determined under Section 12 of the Act.

 

5. Findings on material questions of fact

5.1 The film's theme and plot

Romance is a French language film with English subtitles, directed by Catherine Breillat. It concerns a woman, Marie, who is sexually rejected by Paul, the man she loves. She embarks on an odyssey of sexual exploration in an attempt to free herself from emotional subservience to her uncaring partner and to find personal independence and fulfilment. By the end of the film the woman's psychosexual angst is resolved in the birth of her and Paul's child and motherhood.

Whilst tracking her sexual encounters with other men and her related fantasies, the film seeks to offer insights about fidelity, about the interrelationship of sex and love and the female condition in couple relationships.

5.2 Sexual depictions in the film

5.2.1. At 11 minutes, Marie and Paul are in bed and arc discussing their relationship. Towards the end of the scene, Marie pulls back the bed sheet and appears to place his flaccid penis in her mouth. The scene is brief and the implied fellatio is partly obscured by the bed sheet.

5.2.2. At approximately 30-36 minutes Marie and Paolo, a casual pickup, have met in a club and gone back to his bedroom. They are shown lying together naked on the bed, he with an erection. The following sequence explicitly depicts Paolo rolling a condom on to his erect penis. After Paulo has masturbated, Marie explicitly fondles his penis. This is followed by a scene of realistically simulated thrusting intercourse and an explicit removal of the condom.

5.2.3 At approximately 39 minutes and 80 minutes there are brief explicit scenes of Marie manually arousing Paul, and in at least one instance of Marie performing seemingly explicit fellatio on him.

5.2.4 At 53-58 minutes and 73-77 minutes there are scenes of sexual bondage in which Marie consents to being tied up with ropes by a male. The sequence includes a scene where the man cuts her panties with scissors and it is implied that he digitally manipulates her. Throughout he is careful not to cause her pain and relaxes the rope at one stage at her request.

5.2.5 At approximately 66 minutes, a man approaches Marie as she is walking back to her flat at night and offers her money if he can "ea"t her. She agrees and is shown sitting on the stairs in the building with the man's head between her splayed legs. She objects when the man orders her to turn over and tries to free herself from him. He roughly turns her onto her stomach and thrusts aggressively at her, in implied rear intercourse. As he leaves her, Marie displays distress at the rape and defiantly shouts after him "I'm not ashamed".

5.2.6 At 84 minutes after Marie has been internally examined by a number of medical students to establish pregnancy, she has a fantasy in which the lower halves of women's bodies are seen protruding from holes in a wall while a number of naked men engage in a variety of sexual activities including masturbation.

5.3 The Review Board found that the graphic depictions of sexual activity would undoubtedly offend some people.

However, a majority of the Review Board also found the film to have serious intent and artistic merit. This majority also found that, with appropriate consumer advice, the film could be accommodated within the guidelines for the legally restricted R18+ classification.

5.4 A minority of the Review Board found the some of the themes had a very high degree of intensity, and that their treatment was exploitative. Therefore the minority considered the film could not be accommodated in the R 18+ category.

 

6. REASONS FOR THE DECISION

6.1 In arriving at the decision, the Board first considered the general principles of the National Classification Code, and noted that the first of the four principles is that as far as possible:-

"(a) adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want".

Principles (b) and (c) supplement the first principle and relate respectively to the protection of minors and the protection of people from exposure to unsolicited offensive material. The. R18+ classification is consistent with these principles.

The four principle deals with community concerns but expressly confines them to depictions that condone or incite violence, and to the portrayal of persons in a demeaning manner.

There is no suggestion in the Classification Board's decision that the film condones or incites violence, and the Review Board concurs. For a film to depict a person in a demeaning manner, the guidelines require that the depiction must be either indirectly or directly sexual in nature and must debase or appear to debase the person or the character depicted. In the Board's majority view the film is a serious study from a feminist viewpoint of one woman's journey from emotional subservience to the man she loves who physically rejects her, to personal independence and fulfilment. As such, it is anything but a demeaning portrayal. The film does not depersonalise her nor does it invite hatred or ridicule in the viewer.

6.2 The Board then considered the relevant guidelines for the R18+ classification as applied to this film. The film contains an implied depiction of sexual violence, adult themes of very high intensity, and depictions of simulated and seemingly actual sexual activity.

6.3 The scene of sexual violence is described above at 66 minutes. It is of high intensity. The activity at first is consensual but this later changes and the man handles her roughly. The depiction of the assault is not detailed and the sexual violence is implied and not graphically shown. The context is not gratuitous or exploitative and the film contains no other scenes of non-consensual violence. As such the Review Board agreed with the Classification Board that this scene can be accommodated in the "R18+ Restricted" classification.

6.4 The scenes at 53-58 minutes and 73-77 minutes are prolonged sequences showing bondage in a sexual context. This fetish activity occupies two lengthy sequences and so constitutes an adult theme with a very high degree of intensity.

However, in the opinion of the majority of the Review Board, the scenes are not exploitative which is defined in the guidelines as " appearing to purposefully debase or abuse for the enjoyment of viewers, and lacking moral, artistic or other values". Nor is it gratuitous. The woman is a consenting party, and the man in question is shown at all times to be solicitous of the woman's physical well-being. The scenes are integral to the film's plot and theme. The majority of the Review Board accordingly agreed with the Classification Board that this element could be accommodated within the R18+ Restricted classification.

6 5 The film contains a number of graphic depictions of sexual activity. Whilst there is no obvious portrayal of explicit sexual intercourse, there are two scenes containing strong images of male genitalia and two other brief scenes involving male and female masturbation and scenes depicting partly obscured fellatio. The scenes are integral to the plot and are not considered to be either exploitative or gratuitous.

ln the R18+ Restricted classification, "sexual activity may be realistically simulated; the general rule is "simulation, yes - the real thing no".

For the most part the sexual activity depicted is simulated albeit at times very realistically. "The real thing" possibly may have occurred in the fellatio scene, aud certainly in the masturbation scenes.

The "rule" referred to above is expressed to be a general rule, implying the possibility of exceptions in a limited number of instances.

After careful consideration the majority of the Board decided that the limited discretion implicit in the application of the rule should be exercised in this film's favour. ln coming to this conclusion the Board took into account matters required by section 11 of the Act and found that the film was:-

(a) of serious intent and considered by many to have artistic merit.

(b) not exploitative or gratuitous.

(c) generally a thought provoking discourse on the role and experience of a woman in a couple relationship from a radical feminist perspective and that it contains few popular entertainment values.

(d) likely to appeal to a relatively sophisticated section of the public with some familiarity with the issues it raises.

6.6 Finally, the Board considered whether the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults would be breached to an unacceptable extent if the film were to be screened.

Undoubtedly the film would offend some people. The guidelines define "offensive" as material which causes outrage or extreme disgust to most people. However, the Board is of the view that a majority of reasonable adults (even if some would choose not to see the film themselves) would not be offended by other adults being able to do so if they chose.

In reaching this conclusion the Board was influenced by the belief that the Australian community is more accepting of a film containing controversial elements that arc sexual in nature, are not violent or exploitative of women, are placed in a serious artistic context, and are unlikely to cause harm to an adult viewer.

In this respect, the majority of this Board agreed with the minority view of the Classification Board that an R18+ Restricted classification with the consumer advice "High Level Sex Scenes" for this film would be consistent with the general principles governing decisions under the Code and "effectively balance the rights of adults to see, hear or read what they like; the rights of minors to be protected from material likely to harm or disturb them; and. everyone's right to be protected from unsolicited material they find offensive."

 

7. Summary

7.1 The Review Board's decision is to classify the film Romance R18+, with the consumer advice "High Level Sex Scenes".

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

Barbara Biggins
Convenor

 

 

ROMANCE: Theatrical release

Thanks to all the free publicity, ROMANCE went on to have a successful Australian theatrical release.

See Libertus for more media reaction to the ROMANCE controversy.

 

 

SACC confirm R18+

Following eight complaints, the South Australian Classification reviewed ROMANCE and confirmed the R18+ rating. In 2005, this utterly redundant organisation increased the rating of 9 SONGS from R18+, back up to X18+.

 

SA rejects calls to ban Romance
theage.com.au, March 9 2000

Council chairwoman Julie Redman said the council decided there was no need for it to re-classify the film before its scheduled release in Adelaide next week.

That decision was overturned by the federal Classification Review Board, which gave the film its R-rating, but the SA council received eight complaints calling on it to refuse classification in SA.

It also received two letters in support of the R-rating.

The council did not view the film in coming to its decision, but read the reports of the national classification authorities and reviews of the film which has already been released in the eastern states.

It said it did not believe anybody would be subjected to the sexually explicit material contained in Romance except by choice, and rejected the suggestion that a child protection issue arose.

 

 

ROMANCE: Uncut VHS

An uncut 98:32 (NTSC) VHS of ROMANCE was released by Siren Entertainment.

 

 

ROMANCE: Censored Madman DVD

The R4 DVD from Madman Entertainment was taken from a censored 94:30 (PAL) UK censored.

Thanks to Don for pointing out that this was missing a brief ejaculation scene. The censorship was as follows.

 

Before - Man says, "As if crudeness is all one can expect"

Censored at 81:41 - 1s ejaculation shot.

After - Doctor squirting gel on woman's stomach and saying, "There we see the head"

 

The origin of this print was the UK, where in 1999 the BBFC demanded this shot be removed for the DVD release.

 

 

ROMANCE on World Movies

In June 2003, ROMANCE premiered on the World Movies Pay-TV channel. It is unclear if this was the uncut or BBFC version.

 

 

ROMANCE: Uncut Madman DVD

Madman Entertainment had ROMANCE passed again in November 2005. Once more it was rated R18+ (High level sex scenes).

Thanks to our ever-observant readers, we can confirm that this new disc is uncut, and has the ejaculation shot reinstated. This is how it played theatrically, and how it was released on VHS.

To identify which Madman DVD is which, you need to look at the R18+ ratings. The one with the old-style R18+ symbol is the censored British print. The one with the ugly new-style R18+ symbol is uncut.

 

Thanks to NPD for this information regarding the uncut Madman DVD.

It's 94:33, as tested on both a PC and a DVD player. The ejaculation shot is only one second, so I don't know where the other two seconds come from. There's no Madman or other distributor's banner added to the beginning, for example.

Looking again at the shaky transition after the cum shot, I'm wondering whether this was cut or restored to the print that was used for the original DVD release.

 

 

Review of the National Classification - Real sex in at R18+

In 2011, the conservative Christian, Guy Barnett, chaired an inquiry into the Australian classification system. It heard from a who’s who of religious right groups such as Salt Shakers, Collective Shout, the Australian Christian Lobby, and Family Voice Australia.

Not surprisingly, their thirty recommendations were heavily in favour of tighter restrictions. This included a ban on the X18+ rating, and implementation of the South Australian model where R18+ titles are sold separately.

Here is what the final report had to say about ROMANCE, and sex in the R18+ category.

 

The Senate
Legal and Constitutional Affairs
References Committee Review of the National Classification Scheme: achieving the right balance
June 2011

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE
Members Senator Guy Barnett, Chair, LP, TAS
Senator Patricia Crossin, Deputy Chair, ALP, NT
Senator Mark Furner, ALP, QLD
Senator Scott Ludlam, AG, WA
Senator Stephen Parry, LP, TAS
Senator Russell Trood, LP, QLD

Participating Member
Senator Julian McGauran, LP, VIC

Distinction between R18+ films and X18+ films

5.19 A number of submissions referred to the classification of films with actual sexual activity in the R18+ category, despite the statement in the Guidelines that for R18+ films the 'general rule' is 'simulation, yes – the real thing, no'.

5.20 In its submission, FamilyVoice Australia discussed this point at length, noting that the classification of films with actual sex as R18+ breaches a 'clear dividing line' between R18+ and X18+. FamilyVoice Australia outlined the history of decision making on this issue:

In January 2000 a decision [was made by] the Classification Review Board to classify the film Romance as R18+...The film contained several brief depictions of an erect penis, of fellatio and of a woman masturbating a man. As the Classification Board observed in its initial decision to classify the film as RC 'the explicit depictions of sexual activity [had] not previously been permitted (other than in an educational context) in the 'R' classification'...The Board found that the sexually explicit depictions could have been accommodated in the X18+ classification but that other scenes of sexual violence prevented this.

In classifying Romance as R18+ on appeal, the Classification Review Board opined that...'the "rule" ['simulation, yes – the real thing no'] is expressed to be a general rule, implying the possibility of exceptions in a limited number of instances. After careful consideration the majority of the [Review] Board decided that the limited discretion implicit in the application of the rule should be exercised in this film's favour.'...

Since this decision a number of films with explicit depictions of sexual acts have been classified as R18+.

 

 

ROMANCE and Actual Sex in the R18+ rating

The eventual passing of ROMANCE opened the way for other films that included actual sex scenes to be awarded R18+ ratings.

So far, these have included:

* Indicates that this film has a separate entry in our Film Censorship Database.

 

2000: IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES *
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes, Medium level violence, Adult themes
Comments: Contains fellatio and penetration.

 

2001: INTIMACY - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes
Comments: Contains fellatio.

 

2002: BAISE-MOI *
Consumer Advice: Strong sexual violence, High level violence, Actual sex, Adult themes
Comments: Banned by Review Board. Contains penetration.

 

2002: THE PIANO TEACHER *
Consumer Advice: Adult themes, Actual sex
Comments: Contains fellatio.

 

2003: IN THE CUT *
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes, Medium level violence
Comments: Contains a fake, but graphic fellatio scene.

 

2003: SEX AND LUCIA - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes

 

2004: ANATOMY OF HELL*
Consumer Advice: Strong themes, Sexual activity, High level sex scenes.
This was changed to Actual sex, High level sex scenes, High level themes by the Review Board.

 

2004: I STAND ALONE - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Adult themes; High level violence; Sexual activity
Comments: Contains penetration.
Running Time: 88:41

 

2005: 9 SONGS *
Consumer Advice: Actual sex, High level sex scenes

 

2005: A HISTORY OF SEX - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Adult themes; Nudity; Sexual activity
Comments: Contains fellatio, a golden shower, and explicit imagery.
Running Time: 73:28

 

2005: INSIDE DEEP THROAT - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Sexual activity, Sexual themes
Comments: Contains fellatio.

 

2005: 1900 - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes, Adult themes
Comments: Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu being masturbated by a prostitute

1900 was first classified in Janaury 1978 when a 6791.86-meter (247:34) print was rated R18+. In May 1985, Warner Video had a 242m VHS rated R18+. It needs to be confirmed if they contained the above scene.

 

2005: THE IDIOTS *
Consumer Advice: High level themes, High level sex scenes
Comments: Contains penetration.

 

2005: THE BROWN BUNNY *
Consumer Advice: Sexual activity, High level themes
Comments: Contains fellatio.

 

2006: LIE WITH ME - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Sexual activity; High level sex scenes

 

2006: THE GUERNICA TREE - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level violence; High level themes; Brief explicit sexual activity

 

2006: SHORTBUS - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes, Actual sexual activity
Comments: Contains fellatio, penetration, and ejaculation.
Running Time: 97:02

 

2007: EX-DRUMMER - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Coarse language and themes; High level sex scenes, violence and sexual violence 
Running Time: 100:43

 

2007: TAXIDERMIA - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sexual activity, High level themes
Comments: Sex does not look real, but is quite graphic.
Running Time: 90:26

 

2007: TAXI ZUM KLO *
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes and sexual themes
Comments: Real gay sex, and a golden shower.

 

2007: ANOTHER GAY MOVIE - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sex scenes; Actual sexual activity

 

2007: INDIE SEX: CENSORED IMDb  - TEENS IMDb  - EXTREMES IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity
Running Time: CENSORED 65:35  - TEENS 66:40 - EXTREMES 66:54

 

2008: DESTRICTED - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity, High level sexual themes
Comments: In our opinion this is the most sexually explicit R18+ films yet. Larry Clark's segment would not be out of place in a hardcore film.
Running Time: 113:32

Here is what the Classification Board had to say about DESTRICTED in their 2007 to 2008 Annual Report

...the general rule does not prohibit the depictions of actual sexual activity at the R 18+ classification. Such depictions are only permitted at R 18+ if they are not gratuitous and are contextualised within a mature and serious work. During the reporting period the Classification Board classified the DVD Destricted R 18+ with the consumer advice 'Actual sexual activity, high level sexual themes'. The Board was of the opinion that the compilation of seven short films warrants this classification as the depictions of sexual activity are in the context of artists exploring their vision of sex in art and contemporary culture

 

2008: BATTLE IN HEAVEN - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sex scenes and actual sexual activity
Comments: Contains fellatio.
Running Time: 94:16

 

2008: OTTO; OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Contains actual sexual activity and horror violence
Comments: Contains fellatio and penetration.
Running Rime: 94:09

 

2008: IMPORT/EXPORT - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sexual activity
Running Time: 135:33
Comments: Contains fellatio.

 

2008: DAYS OF DEEP THROAT AND LINDA LOVELACE
Consumer Advice: Sexual activity
Comments: Contains fellatio. This is a documentary extra on Umbrella Entertainment's DEEP THROAT DVD. The actual film is censored.

 

2008: THE STORY OF RICHARD O - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sexual themes and actual sexual activity

 

RW FASSBINDER: THE GANGSTER FILMS: LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH  IMDb - GODS OF THE PLAGUE IMDb - THE AMERICAN SOLDIER IMDb
Consumer Advice: Brief images of actual sexual activity
Comments: It needs to be confirmed which film contains the 'actual sexual activity'.

 

2008: DOG DAYS - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity, High level violence
Comments: Contains fellatio and group sex.
Running Time: 121:48

 

2009: AMERICAN SWING - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High level sexual themes, Brief scenes of actual sexual activity
Comments: Contains real sex, but nothing particularly explicit.
Running Time: 77:34

 

2010: ANTICHRIST - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact violence and sexual activity
Comments: Contains penetration.
Running Time: 103:57

Here is what the Classification Board had to say about ANTICHRIST in their 2009 to 2010 Annual Report.

Antichrist was also classified R18+ by the Classification Board. The film explores the darker sides of relationships and issues including the impact of loss, grief, guilt and fear as a couple comes to terms with the death of their young son. The film contains violence and sexualised violence that is high in viewing impact. The Classification Board found that the narrative contextualises the film’s violence.

The sexual activity in the film was also found by the Classification Board to be high in viewing impact. The Board noted that the sexual activity is brief, contextualised by the narrative and falls outside that of X 18+ material ie, that which contains only sexually explicit material. As such, the Board was of the view that the sexual activity contained in the film can be accommodated at R 18+. In its decision report, the Board noted that some material classified at R 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. The Board also noted that the film contains nudity and coarse language that can be accommodated within a lower classification. The Board assigned consumer advice of ‘High impact violence and sexual activity’.

Within the R 18+ classification category sexual activity may be realistically simulated. The majority of R 18+ ‘adult’ films that feature simulated sexual activity carry the consumer advice ‘Mainly concerned with sex’.

 

2010: TONY MANERO - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sex scenes and actual sexual activity
Comments: Contains brief fellatio scene
Running Time: 93:01

 

2010: ENTER THE VOID - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sex scenes, themes and drug use
Comments: Contains fellatio and penetration
Running Time: 137:08

 

2010: SPETTERS - IMDb
The MGM DVD was released by Shock in May 2010. This was the uncut version that ran 122:29. It would have been awarded an R-rating if it had been submitted for classification.
It contains three explicit sex scenes.
56m: Fientje playing with Rien's semi-erect penis.
67m: A real scene of homosexual fellatio.
91m: A homosexual gang-rape where an erection is shown.

SPETTERS was first classified in 1985 when a 102m laserdisc was rated R18+. In 1999, Coupon Video had a 108m VHS rated R18+ (Adult themes, Medium level sex scenes). It needs to be confirmed if they contained the above scenes.

 

2010: ALL BOYS - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sex scenes
Comments: At 36m, contains brief fellatio scene shown on TV screen.
Running Time: 72:05

 

2011: HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact themes and actual sexual activity
Comments: Rating awarded to box-set of all eight parts.

 

2011: ANO BISIESTO (aka LEAP YEAR) - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sexual themes and actual sexual activity
Running Time: 107:09
Comments: Contains a golden shower scene (61m) and male masturbation (71m).

 

2011: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG - *
Consumer Advice: High impact sexual themes, violence and actual sexual activity
Running Time: 107:09
Comments: Contains a golden shower scene, penetration, and fellatio. It does not contain real bestiality, as the scene with the horse is fake.

 

2011: Q - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sex scenes, actual sexual activity and nudity

 

2011: RAMMSTEIN - MADE IN GERMANY 1995-2011 THE VIDEOS
Consumer Advice: High impact sex scenes and nudity
Running Time: 435m
Comments: Includes the clip PUSSY (2009), that contains actual sex.

 

2013: RAMMSTEIN VIDEOS 1995-2012
Consumer Advice: High impact sex scenes and nudity
Running Time: 458m
Comments: Includes the clip PUSSY (2009), that contains actual sex.

 

2013: STRANGER BY THE LAKE - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity
Running Time: 96m

 

2013 EXPOSED - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sexualised nudity and actual sexual activity 
Running Time: 76m

 

2013: PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity
Running Time: 88m

 

2013: STARLET - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity
Running Time: 103m

 

2014: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 1 - IMDb
2014: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 2 - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sexual themes, actual sexual activity and nudity
Running Time: 231m
Comments: Combined rating for theatrical release

 

2014: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 1 - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sexual themes, actual sexual activity and nudity 
Running Time: 113m
Comments: DVD release

 

2014: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 2 - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact sexual themes, actual sexual activity and nudity
Running Time: 119m
Comments: DVD release

 

2014: WETLANDS  - IMDb
Consumer Advice: High impact themes, actual sexual activity and nudity
Running Time: 104m

 

2014: GANDU  - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity 
Running Time: 86m

 

2014: PARADISE: FAITH (2012) - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity
Running Time: 109m

 

2014: PARADISE: LOVE (2012) - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity and nudity  
Running Time: 116m

 

2014: KINK (2013)  - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity, high impact sexual themes and nudity  
Running Time: 80m

 

2014: HOW TO LIVE FOREVER (2009) - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Brief depictions of actual sexual activity 
Running Time: 94m

 

2014: AND THEY CALL IT SUMMER (2012) - IMDb
Consumer Advice: Actual sexual activity 
Running Time: 87m

 

In 2003, KEN PARK * was banned, and in 2004 hardcore was optically removed from the film that accompanied the LA FURA DELS BAUS: XXX * stage show. CALIGULA * has been banned in 2005, and 2010.

Siren Visual had a number of Japanese hentai animation titles passed with R18+ ratings. Most of them contained explicit hardcore sex. See the entry for HOLY VIRGINS in our Film Censorship Database for a full list of titles.

Please send in the details if you know of any other cases of hardcore sex in the R18+ rating.

 

 

X18+ sex Vs. R18+ sex

The ROMANCE case was seen by Australian Adult Film Distributors to be a clear sign of double standards by the OFLC.

It is common practice for X18+ titles to have all the hardcore removed, so that they can be rated R18+. This means they can be stocked in video stores. With the passing of ROMANCE, hardcore distributors decided to challenge the boundaries of R18+.

In 2001, an R18+ version of DREAMQUEST (2000) was taken to the Review Board because the Classification Board would not pass it. While in 2006, the X18+ rating of VIVA EROTICA was challenged all the way to the Federal Court.

Both of these cases are covered in our Adult Film Database.

 

 

Romance - Siren Entertainment [au] VHSRomance - Madman Entertainment [au] DVD 1Romance - Madman Entertainment [au] DVD 2


 

 

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