Film Censorship: W


 

 

 

 

Web of Seduction

Directed by Blain Brown / 1999 / USA / IMDb

A 94m videotape of WEB OF SEDUCTION was banned by the OFLC in May 2000.

21st Century Pictures censored it down to 88:52 and were awarded an R18+ (Medium level sex scenes) rating in July 2000. The cover of the video incorrectly claims the rating to be R18+ (High level sex scenes).

 

 

WEB OF SEDUCTION: Unrated vs. rated

Review by Matt
It looks like the version of WEB OF SEDUCTION that the OFLC banned was the 93:49 (NTSC) unrated US tape. I compared this with the 88:52 21st Century Pictures VHS, and found the following differences. I suspect that the R-rated Australian VHS is the same as the US R-rated version. Times refer to the US unrated version.

00:00 to 06:00 - The opening credits show Jenni stripping for Damon. The Aus version removes the shot of her removing her underwear. In the unrated version, we can see her vagina. The scene continues until they have sex. In the Aus version, Jenni teases Damon for what seems like an eternity. In the unrated version, they get down to business much quicker. Both scenes end at the same time, which seems to indicate that the Aus tape is also NTSC. The extended bra removal scene in the Aus tape also shows that it contains footage not found in the unrated tape.  

10:00 to 13:00 - The redhead is shown stripping by the spa. She removes her bra, and then the Aus version cuts. The unrated version shows her removing her underwear and masturbating. The Aus version continues in a much softer way.

14:50 to 17:30 - The girl is shown by the pool. She then goes for a swim, removes her underwear, and masturbates as the pool cleaner guy looks on. This scene is not included in the Aus tape at all, even though it is no more graphic than what has gone before.  

It was there that I gave up, and stopped comparing. I think that I can safely say that all of the remaining sex scenes are cut in the Aus tape, and that both versions probably have footage that is exclusive to both. The sex in the unrated version is explicit, but remains soft-core. Therefore, it is strange that the OFLC banned the film at all. Even if they could not award it an R18+, then it should have fitted an X18+.

 

 

Showtime screening

WEB OF SEDUCTION premiered on Foxtel's Showtime channel in January 2005. The print ran, around two minutes shorter than the 21st Century Pictures VHS.

 

Web of Seduction - 21st Century Pictures [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Weekend Girls

Produced by R. Bretwick and P. Balachoff / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

Note: P. Balachoff is likely to be Peter Balachoff

 

In July 1977, a 2212.90-meter (80:39) print of WEEKEND GIRLS was banned because of 'indecency'. An August 1977 appeal to the Films Board of Review was unsuccessful.

A censored 2057.25-meter (74:59) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in November 1977.

In all cases, Lestrig trading was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Welcome Home Johnny

Directed by James Howard / 1974 / USA / IMDb

In July 1978, a 2079.50-meter (75:48) print of WELCOME HOME JOHNNY was banned because of 'indecency'. A 1782.95-meter (64:59) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in October 1978.

In both cases, 14th Mandolin was the applicant. In the early 1980s they released it on their King of Video label.

 

In May 1987, a 57-minute tape of WELCOME HOME JOHNNY was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

The Queensland Police were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Well, My Dear!

Directed by George and Charis Schwarz / 1974 / Australia / IMDb link required

In March 1975, a 495.00-meter (45:06) 16mm print of WELL, MY DEAR! was banned because of 'indecency'. An unsuccessful appeal was made to the Films Board of Review in April 1975.

Non Fiction Films was the applicant.

 

George and Charis Schwarz also directed SEX AIDS AND HOW TO USE THEM (1974), which also ran into problems with the censor.

 

In 2012, ABC Radio National broadcast a documentary about George and Charis Schwarz. Charis made a comment on the website where she commented on WELL, MY DEAR!

The last bohemians
abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360
18 November 2012
Comment
Charis Schwarz: 24 Dec 2012 3:03:04pm

For the sake of record I want it known that all the films made by George and myself went before the Censorship Board. All were certified except for the one known as "WELL MY DEAR", which was refused for unspecified reasons.

Neither George, myself, or to our knowledge, any of his students starred in porn movies.


 

 

 

 

 

Werewolf Woman

aka Legend of the Wolf Woman
aka Naked Werewolf Woman

Directed by Rino Di Silvestro / 1976 / Italy / IMDb

In January 1978, a 2112.00-meter (76:59) print of LEGEND OF THE WOLF WOMAN had 14.3-meters (00:31) removed because of 'excessive violence'.

It appears that Blake Films sourced their print from the US, as a 77m version was released there under the same title. It was reportedly missing some of the gore, and most of the sex. This explains why 'excessive violence' was the only problem that our censors had with the film.

 

 

Cinehollywood import tape

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 November 1983, an 88m Cinehollywood release of WEREWOLF WOMAN was passed with such a warning. The film was released by that label in the UK, Greece, and Italy (as LA LUPA MANNARA). It appears that this was an import from one of these countries. Thanks to Steve for the cover scan.

 

 

Banned by the OFLC

In 1994, Force Video had an 88m videotape of WEREWOLF WOMAN Refused Classification by the OFLC.

Review by Matt
I viewed the US Shriek Show DVD, which contains the 99:22 European print. The scene where Daniela is gang raped by three thugs runs from 80 to 81m. It is a short, but quite brutal attack, which would definitely have been the reason for the 1994 OFLC ban. All of the other scenes of sex and violence should have been okay with an R-rating.

 

 

Censored UK bootleg video

During the mid-90s, a local video distributor began importing UK prints of films, packaging them as adult titles, and releasing them with fake R-ratings. These were put out on labels such as Blue Climax, Private and Colour Climax, see also CONFESSIONS OF A BLUE MOVIE STAR (1977). All were very tame affairs; cut by the British censors, with some still having BBFC 18-ratings before the movie.

THE NAKED WEREWOLF WOMAN was released on a label called Blue Climax. The version ran, 88:48, and was preceded by a British 18-rating symbol. The cover incorrectly claimed the tape was rated R18+ (Completely concerned with sex). This censored version (missing the gang rape scene) would have definitely passed with an R18+ rating had it been submitted to the OFLC.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Werewolf Woman (1976) -  Blake Films [au] Daybill     Werewolf Woman (1976) - Cinehollywood VHSWerewolf Woman (1976) - Blue Climax [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Wet Dreams

aka Erotic Dreams

 Directed by Lasse Braun - Max Fischer etc. / 1974 / Netherlands - West Germany / IMDb

The Australian censor demanded modifications to the advertising material associated with this title.

 

In August 1974, a 2450.00-meter (89:18) print of WET DREAMS was passed with an R-rating.

Filmways Australasia Distributors was the applicant.

 

In 1974, Tony Ginnane and Scott Murray interviewed Robert Ward from Dendy Filmways.

Bob Ward Interview
Cinema Papers issue 4, December 1974

CP: The Board of Review apparently rejected 11 out of the 12 ads submitted by Filmways for WET DREAMS?

WARD: Well with that one they were worried about the title. They want us to change it, but how the hell can you change the title when a film has got 13 segments. It would cost more to change the titles than it cost to produce the film.

CP: What sort of film do Filmways consider WET DREAMS to be?

WARD: Oh well I consider it to be a very intellectual, entertaining and artistic film. It is not a piece of cheese because we are not interested in that sort of film. We have never released a film at the Star or the Albany.

 

At the time, one of the functions of the Censorship Board was to:

To examine advertising in relation to imported films and Australian films as required, under the provisions of both Commonwealth and State legislations.

 

It appears that the Censorship Board was successful in imposing a name change, as WET DREAMS became EROTIC DREAMS when released theatrically.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Wet Dreams (1974) aka Erotic Dreams (1974) -  Filmways [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman

Directed by William A. Levey / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In the early 80s, Starbase Video released a 75:22 version of WHAM BAM THANK YOU SPACEMAN on tape.

 

In May 1994, Showtime Video had a 90m video passed with an X-rating. The reason given for the decision was sex, which was described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

There is no evidence to suggest this was ever released. If you know otherwise then please get in touch.

 

 

Banned on video

In March 1985, the Victorian Police submitted an 87m videotape. It was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

In February 1986, the Victorian Police submitted a 90m videotape of WHAM BAM THANK YOU SPACEMAN. Again, it was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

In August 1986 the NSW Police, and in September 1986 the Victorian Police both had videotapes banned by the Australian censors. Again, the reason was for 'gratuitous sexual violence'. In both cases, the running time had shrunk to 80m.

 

 

Australian DVD release

WHAM BAM THANK YOU SPACEMAN was passed with an R18+ (High level sex scenes, Coarse language) rating in October 2007. We have yet to see evidence that MRA Entertainment released the DVD before they went out of business.

 

Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman - Starbase Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Where Truth Lies

Directed by William H. Molina / 1996 / USA / IMDb

In June 1996, a 96-minute VHS of WHERE TRUTH LIES was banned by the OFLC because of sexual violence. Network Entertainment was the applicant.

 

 

Review by Matt
It is very easy to spot the scenes that caused WHERE TRUTH LIES to be banned in Australia.

77:00 to 78:00 – Joe starts to kiss Wendy, She pushes him back and says ‘No’. He puts his hands around her neck, and strangles her to death as he rapes her.

86:00 to 87:10 – Joe punches Teresa to the ground, rapes her, and snaps her neck. The scene is mixed in with flashbacks to the previous rape of Wendy.


The 96-minute version that the censors banned was presumably an NTSC print as the version I viewed looked uncut and ran 93:07 (PAL)


 

 

 

 

While the Cat's Away...

Directed by Chuck Vincent / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In April 1978, a 2084.68-meter (75:59) print of WHILE THE CAT’S AWAY was censored by 45.20-meters (01:38) for an R-rating. Roadshow Distributors made the cuts to remove ‘indecency’.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

While the Cat's Away... (1972) - Roadshow Distritutors [au] Daybill 


 

 

 

 

Whore

Dir Isabelle McEwen / 2006 / Germany

WHORE was due to be shown at the 8th Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2007.

 

 

MUFF 8 Program Notes

Melbourne Underground Film Festival 8
Program Notes
Mini MUFF
Local & International Short films curated by Jason Turley
SESSION 5
7pm Wed 26 Sept LOOP
WHORE
Dir: Isabelle McEwen/2006/Germany/4 mins/Experimental
A whore guides us through a vision of hell.

 

 

The OFLC prevent MUFF from screening WHORE

The screening was scrapped after the OFLC's Amy Wooding refused to grant film festival exemptions to it, and six other features. This was not the first time that MUFF had run into problems with the censors. In 2004, the OFLC demanded that THE TOOLBOX MURDERS (1978), WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED, GUINEA PIG: DEVILS EXPERIMENT and GUINEA PIG: FLOWERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD be pulled from the festival.

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival issued the following press release on September 20, 2007.

 

MUFF 8 films banned!
September 20th 2007

The Following films have been banned from the OFLC:

70k
Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten (aka The Schoolgirl Report)
Sex Wish
The Farmer's Daughter
Ashley & Kisha: Finding the Right Fit
Whore
60 Second Relief

We will replacing them with other films from the MUFF program.

This Sunday 70k will be replaced with a second screening of Streetsweeper… a good MUFF Neu that we can play. Whore and 60 Second Relief are withdrawn and nothing will fill their place. The Other films will be replaced. More details on Monday.

Will the media even cover this? Do people care about censorship in this country?

Letter to OFLC

Here is a copy of a letter sent to our OFLC contact Amy Wooding. Any response we will share with our MUFF audience:

 

Hi Amy, I thought I'd write to you about this year's decision.

So the films I cannot play at MUFF 8 are the following:

70k, Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten (aka The Schoolgirl Report), Sex Wish, The Farmer's Daughter, Ashley & Kisha: Finding the Right Fit, Whore and 60 Second Relief

Is this correct?

I will comply and withdraw them from screenings and replace them with films you have granted permission for me to play (like Moonlight and Magic, Left Ear, etc).

A few small questions, you might be able to answer or maybe the OFLC director can answer them (If you have his email I'll cc this to him):

Why is pornography of the most gross and offensive nature (like shitting and pissing films) available for sale in most Adult bookshops in Victoria?

Also: Are not X rated films only supposed to be available in Canberra but for sale in 90% of Adult shops in Vic and NSW and in other states?

Why is MUFF referred to the justice department for wishing to screen a couple of classy or forgotten pieces of erotica with artistic merit to an audience over 18 (who are keen to see them) and nothing done about the illegal X rated sale of videos and DVD's in sex shops that is rampant?

Is there not a hint of corruption or hypocrisy and definitely absurdity here?

Why are X rated films banned at all! It begs the question given the ready availability of it in on the Internet? Available on any PC, anywhere.

A MUFF screening is a minor problem compared to the flaunting of your rules every day of every year by the Adult Sex Industry.

Why are films like Shortbus and 9 Songs passed though they clearly contravene some of your guidelines?

Why is MIFF allowed to play a film like Exterminating Angles in a section that focussed on perversity and erotica though that too contravenes your guideline? And we cannot do it? We will comply with your absurd ruling out of fear of prosecution to our small festival but register our complaint also that this is neither fair or just. We believe strongly it represents a violation of the basic human rights of Australian citizens to freedom of speech, assembly and expression.

Enabling a festival like MUFF or MIFF to play whatever they choose from the classy end of the sex industry will lift both festivals standing in the International community and not reveal a backward 1950's attitude to sex and censorship in Australia. Your own guidelines date from over 50 years ago. Surely a review is in order?

I am cc-ing this email to the MIFF Festival Director Richard Moore for his interest. His comments and feelings on the matter I would be interested to hear.

Any answers to these questions or our complaint will be greatly appreciated from the OFLC.

This letter is not written in disrespect but in a wish for better clarification of the important issues it contains.

Best Regards Richard Wolstencroft

PS. Why is 70k banned it has no sex or violence at all does it?

MUFF opens tonight at Toff in Town come down and support a festival that believes in fighting censorship!


 

 

 

 

Whore 2

Directed by Amos Kollek / 1994 / USA / IMDb

In 1995, Columbia Tri-star Hoyts Home Video had an 81m (PAL) videotape of WHORE 2 banned by the OFLC.

 

Review and screencaps by Simon
Vidmark Entertainment (us) VHS -  84:02 (NTSC)

One scene would have caused the OFLC ban of WHORE 2. Earlier in the film, Lori has stolen money from a client called Bob. Later, she and Mary Lou are picked up by two men called Tony and Nicko, who take them back to a warehouse for sex. When they arrive, Bob is present, and despite being nervous, Lori starts giving one of the men a blowjob. 

The RC-scene begins at 68:10 and runs until 69:26. Suddenly, Bob gets behind Mary Lou and lowers his trousers. He then pulls out a gun, and points it at her head. Lori looks on in terror. He puts a cushion over Mary Lou’s head, and shoots. Lori manages to break free, but is wrestled to the ground by the men. One gets between her legs and lowers his trousers. Neither of the women is shown being raped, but I believe that the OFLC would have still considered this scene to be sexual violence.

The film itself is not bad. It mixes the fiction of an author writing a book about prostitution, with interviews with real life streetwalkers. These are the most interesting parts of the film, and reveal their motivations for working as prostitutes.

 

Whore 2 (1994) - Censored Scene 01Whore 2 (1994) - Censored Scene 02


 

 

 

 

Why?

Directed by Eberhardt Kronhausen and Phyllis Kronhausen / 1971 / Denmark / IMDb 

In January 1975, a 2500.00-meter (91:07) print of WHY? was banned because of 'indecency'.

Consolidated Exhibitors was the applicant.

 

The films of sexologist couple Eberhardt and Phyllis Kronhausen had problems in Australia. Both FREEDOM TO LOVE (1969) and THE HOTTEST SHOW IN TOWN (1974) were censored.

 

 

Censorship around the world

Review by Ole
I found your site while researching the Danish film HVORFOR GØR DE DET? (1971). Sorry, to hear that it was banned by your Censorship Board. I thought that I would share some of the information that I found.

First, this seems to be a very hard title to currently view. As of 2014, the easiest way is to track down a torrent of a censored Italian VHS that was released on the Videottanta label. It has been dubbed in Italian, but English fansubs have been added. The film goes under the title UNA DONNA E LA SUA…CALDA BESTIA, which translates as A WOMAN AND HER WARM BEAST. It looks like they really wanted to play up the bestiality angle of the film.

The first 61-minutes UNA DONNA E LA SUA…CALDA BESTIA consists of interviews and footage of various people who perform in Copenhagen’s live sex shows. This includes hardcore sex, an S&M stage show, and a recreation of a scene where Effie Schou recalls being raped by a gang of racists.

From 61 to 78-minutes, the film visits the notorious Bodil Joensen on her farm. She recalls her childhood, and talks about her current life renting out boars and stallions to local farmers, and her relationship with her family and boyfriend. It includes footage of goats and horses mating, with Bodil only becoming involved when she is shown touching a bull’s penis and caressing its testicles.

From 78-minutes to the end, we revisit the sex performers as they talk about their life.

The tape runs 82:22 (PAL) or 85:47 (NTSC), which would make it around five minutes shorter than the print seen by your Censorship Board.

The database of the Danish Film Institute (dfi.dk) has more information, including stills, and a promotional program. They also claim the running time to be 105 minutes. One image shows a naked Bodil masturbating next to the bull. This is repeated in the program, which also includes other naked shots, including one of her holding the bull’s penis between her open legs. None of this is included in UNA DONNA E LA SUA…CALDA BESTIA, in fact, Bodil remains fully clothed for the whole scene. Also missing from the tape is the sequence where she reportedly performs with her dog.

The Swedish Film Institute has an entry in their database under the title VARFÖR GÖR DOM DET?, which confirms the 105-minute running time. This print was banned in April 1971, before being censored down to 99-minutes in August 1971, which allowed viewing by anyone 15 or above. The footage that was removed included Bodil caressing the bull's genitals and the subsequent bestiality, an entire section of Bodil with the dog, and the rape of Effie Schou.

I would guess the Australian Censorship Board would not have approved of the hardcore sex, Bodil Joensen’s bestiality sequences, and maybe the gang rape. However, the 91-minute print appears to have already been missing around 14-minutes before it was even submitted.


 

 

 

 

Wife to be Sacrificed

Directed by Masaru Konuma / 1974 / Japan / IMDb

WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED was due to screen on July 17th, 2004 at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. It is rumoured that the OFLC became aware of this and contacted the organisers who pulled it, and three other features from the program.

 

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival issued the following press release on July 12th 2004.
STOP THE PRESS - MUFF films banned!!!!

The following films have been banned from MUFF by the O.F.L.C:

 

The following description of the film was taken from the MUFF website.

IKENIE FUJIN (a.k.a. WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED)
JAPAN | 1974 | 71 min

Gorgeous “pink” actress Naomi Tani stars as a woman who nurtures her ex-husband’s deluded fantasies in this arty, deliberately-paced Nikkatsu shocker from Masaru Konuma, a talented practitioner of the “Erotic Eastern” whose best work was done throughout the seventies and into the early eighties. Not big on plot, but heavily focused on the shifting power structures of dysfunctional relationships. As was the case with many Nikkatsu productions, this is impeccably shot and scored and has no equivalent outside Japan.

Saturday July 17th 7pm | Gertrudes

 

 

WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED review

Review by Simon
WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED is a simple tale of an escaped prisoner who kidnaps his ex-wife and holds her captive in a remote cabin. Here he ties her up, and uses her for his pleasure. Later he finds a couple who have made a failed suicide attempt. They too are taken back to the cabin, held captive, and abused.

I would have had it down as an R18+, but some of the fetish scenes were obviously too much for the OFLC. Early in the film, Akiko defecates as Kunisada watches. Nothing is explicit really shown during this scene. Akiko goes on to be raped by two hunters, and Kunisada puts a candle put in her vagina, and drips hot wax on her body. Later, he performs an enema on Kaoru, and Akiko collects the results in a bag.

The film looks great, and is much more than just porn. The sex is purely softcore, and this being a Japanese film, no pubic hair is shown. It makes me wonder if the OFLC just read the synopsis before refusing to give MUFF permission to screen it. The US disc from Image is uncut and runs 70:38.


 

 

 

 

The Wild Damned Nature

aka Kolasmeni Fisis (as submitted to Censorship Board)

Directed by Pavlos Parashakis / 1972 / Greece / IMDb

In June 1972, a 7631-feet (84:47) print of THE WILD DAMNED NATURE was passed with an R-rating after being censored by 65-feet (00:43). The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Lyra Films were the applicant.

 

A post by iordanis1970 at the Cinehound forum identified THE WILD DAMNED NATURE as being released on tape in Australia.

Greek Exploitation Covers & Posters
iordanis1970, Aug 26 2011
z9.invisionfree.com/THE_CINEHOUND_FORUM

Barbara, mia kolasmeni fysi 1972
GREECE STAVROS VIDEO CENTER (AUSTRALIA)
AKA Kolasmeni fysi (1972)
Director: Pavlos Parashakis
CAST Barbara Errikos Briollas Efi Ploubi


 

 

 

 

Wild, Free and Hungry

Directed by Paul Hunt / 1969 / USA / IMDb

In June 1973, a 2749.00-meter (100:12) print of WILD, FREE AND HUNGRY was banned because of 'indecency'. A censored 2468.00-meter (89:57) print passed with an R-rating in March 1976.

In both cases, Regent Trading Enterprises was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Wild Honey 

Directed by Don Edmonds / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In March 1975, a 2621.00-meter (95:32) print of WILD HONEY was censored by 206.80-meters (07:32) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Filmways Australasia was the applicant.

 

Banned in Queensland

The censored version of WILD HONEY was banned by the Queensland Films Board of Review on 4th July 1975.

 

WILD HONEY (1972): Short Something Weird version

Review by Matt
Something Weird's DVD-R runs only 76:20, which is nearly 20m shorter than the version submitted to our Censorship Board back in 1975. There are no opening or closing credits, and the title card looks like it has been spliced in from the trailer. Several of the sex scenes have definitely been shortened in this version. Gypsy and Mick having sex (17m), Gypsy posing for nude shots (43m), and Gypsy joining the couple in bed (47m) all seem to end abruptly.

It is not ideal to use this version to work out what could have been censored in Australia. However, what remains in the Something Weird version that may have been cut by our Censorship Board includes Gypsy masturbating (10m), Gypsy's Father attempting to rape her (20m), and Gypsy and the lesbian Madam having sex (53m). The final 11m of the film is taken up with Gypsy' visit to a satanic cult. It includes numerous sex scenes, a man whipping a female, and ends with Gypsy being tied up naked and suspended in the air.

 Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Wild Honey (1972) - Filmways [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

Window of Passion 

Directed by Unknown / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In February 1981, a 635.00-meter (57:52) 16mm print of WINDOW OF PASSION was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Without a Stitch

aka Anatomy of a Virgin

aka Die Jungfrau Von 18 Karat

aka Uden en Traevl 

Directed by Annelise Meineche / 1968 / Denmark / IMDb

In September 1972, a 2555.14-meter (93:08) print of DIE JUNGFRAU VON 18 KARAT was banned because of 'indecency'.

It was resubmitted by Consolidated Exhibitors in March 1973 under the title UDEN EN TRAEVL. This longer 2934.00-meter (106:57) print was also banned because of 'indecency'. An appeal to the Films Board of Review failed in April 1973.

 

In August 1974, a 2501.50-meter (91:11) 'reconstructed version' of DIE JUNGFRAU VON 18 KARAT was passed with an R-rating. Lyra Films re-submitted it under the title ANATOMY OF A VIRGIN.

This may not be the same film as WITHOUT A STITCH. It is odd to see the same title submitted by different distributors within such a short space of time. However, even though the running times are very different, the Censorship Board claims they are identical, and both share John Hilbard as Producer.


 

 

 

 

Wolf Creek 2

Directed by Greg Mclean / 2013 / Australia / 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 August 2013, a 106m print of WOLF CREEK 2 was passed with an R18+ (High impact violence) rating.

The extended classification information described,
High impact: violence
Strong impact: themes, language
Moderate impact: nudity
Mild impact: drug use, sex

It was resubmitted in December 2013, this time in a 104m version. The Classification Board now awarded it an MA15+ (Strong bloody violence and coarse language) rating.

The extended classification information described,
Strong impact: themes, violence, language
Mild impact: drug use, sex

The censored MA15+ version of WOLF CREEK 2 opened theatrically in February 2014.

 

Wolf Creek 2 downgraded to teenager-friendly rating
heraldsun.com.au, February 18, 2014

Director Greg Mclean said the teenager-friendly downgrade was not a result of commercial compromise.

"I have final cut of the movie so the movie that’s out there is finally my version,’" he said in an email from the US, where he is working on a follow-up project that is still under wraps.

The filmmaker acknowledged, however, that he had resubmitted the sequel with "some very minor tweaks" before it got the MA15+ rating.

Mclean said changes in what society deemed acceptable might have contributed to the lower rating "as well as the fact that Wolf Creek 2 does have a quite different tone from the original film. This movie is definitely more of an action/thriller."

 

 

DVD and Blu-ray classifications

In May 2014, Roadshow Entertainment submitted WOLF CREEK 2 for classification three times.

Rating One
179m Blu-ray: R18+ (High impact violence)
The extended classification information described,
High impact: violence
Strong impact: themes, language
Moderate impact: nudity
Mild impact: drug use, sex

The rating, consumer advice, and extended classification information were the same as the original 106m uncut submission.

 

Rating Two
119m Blu-ray: MA15+ (Strong bloody violence and coarse language)
The extended classification information described,
Strong impact: themes, violence, language
Mild impact: drug use, sex

The rating, consumer advice, and extended classification information were the same as the censored 104m theatrical version. They were also identical to the 'Rating Three' DVD described below.

 

Rating Three
204m DVD: MA15+ (Strong bloody violence and coarse language)
The extended classification information described,
Strong impact: themes, violence, language
Mild impact: drug use, sex

The rating, consumer advice, and extended classification information were the same as the censored 104m theatrical version. They were also identical to the 'Rating Two' Blu-ray described above.

 

The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in June 2014. The MA15+ DVD and Blu-ray share the same 'hitchhiker' cover, while the R18+ Blu-ray has an image of Mick Taylor holding a gun.

Movie-Censorship has a comparison between the MA15+ and R18+ versions. They noted 31 cuts, running approximately 02:07.

 

 

The Classification Board on the R18+ WOLF CREEK 2

Classification Board Annual Report 2013-2014
R18+ Films

In the Australian film, Wolf Creek 2, outback serial killer, Mick Taylor, is again on a rampage, stalking and killing backpackers visiting Wolf Creek. The film contained violence that was high in viewing impact. Violence in the film was episodic and realistic, as Mick stalked and killed his victims invariably using knives and guns.

The violence resulted in copious, realistic blood and gore effects, and included decapitation and dismemberment. Sound effects also added to the impact of the realistic, violent depictions. The Board classified this film R 18+ with consumer advice of ‘High impact violence’.

The Board also notes a modified version of this film was classified MA 15+ with consumer advice of ‘Strong bloody violence and coarse language’.

 

 

Roadshow wanted MA15+ for original WOLF CREEK (2005)

In August 2005, the original WOLF CREEK received an R18+ (High level violence, Coarse language, Adult themes) rating from the OFLC.

Roadshow Films had wanted an MA15+, so an appeal was made to the Classification Review Board. This proved to be unsuccessful, and the R18+ remained.

Only the consumer advice was changed, from 'High level violence, Coarse language, Adult themes', to 'High level realistic violence, Strong coarse language'. The uncut version was then released theatrically.

 

Wolf Creek 2 (2013) - Roadshow Films [au] R18+ Poster Wolf Creek 2 (2013) - Roadshow Films [au] MA15+ Poster Wolf Creek 2 (2013) - Roadshow Entertainment [au] MA15+ Blu-rayWolf Creek 2 (2013) - Roadshow Entertainment [au] R18+ Blu-ray


 

 

 

 

Woman of Vengeance

Directed ? / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In March 1975, a 603.50-meter (54:59) print of WOMAN OF VENGEANCE was banned because of 'indecency'.

A.Davidson was the applicant.

The film was resubmitted in February 1981 in a 627.70-meter (57:12) 16mm print. It was banned again, this time for sex, which was found to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Astral Distributing Company was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Women of Inferno Island

Directed by Erwin C. Dietrich / 1980 / Switzerland / IMDb

In November 1982, a 2534:00-meter (92:37) 35mm print of THE WOMEN OF INFERNO ISLAND was Refused Registration. It was banned because of sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

In March 1983, Filmways censored the film down to 2139:54-meters (78:12), and were given an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was now described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This print, censored of fourteen minutes, went on to be released theatrically.

 

 

CAGED WOMEN DVD review

Review by Matt
The film is known as CAGED WOMEN on the Swiss DVD, and runs 88:21 (PAL). It is more commonly known as ISLAND WOMEN.

The CAGED WOMEN title should not confuse it with Jess Franco’s 1975 WIP film of the same name. This incidentally, was also banned in Australia. The film actually shares a few links to that earlier work, in the involvement of Erwin C. Dietrich and Eric Falk playing a prison guard.

It is easy to see why the censor banned it in 1982, but less clear is why it lost fourteen minutes for an R-rating. As can be expected of a woman in prison film, it is full of sex and nudity, but contains far less violence than similar works. Although the sex is not hardcore, it definitely goes beyond softcore when it shows numerous close-up shots of vaginas and female masturbation.

There are many sex scenes, but these are the most explicit shots that would have no doubt been snipped by the censor.

06:00 - Carla lies naked with her legs open and masturbates in front of Marco.

12:30 - A man runs his hand over Lisa’s vagina.

17:30 to 17:45 – Four soldiers hold a naked girl by her arms and legs, while another (fully clothed) soldier rapes her. This is the only real example of sexual violence in the film. In all the other scenes, the girls are portrayed as enjoying the sex.

26:51 to 26:55 - The Doctor puts his finger in the prisoner’s vagina. This is probably the most explicit shot in the movie.

38:45 – Close up of the guard masturbating the prisoner.

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The Women of Inferno Island (1980) - Filmways [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

World Sex Report

Directed by Richard R. Rimmel / 1971 / West Germany / IMDb

In July 1974, a 2202.20-meter (80:29) print of WORLD SEX REPORT was passed with an R-rating. The censor noted it as being a ‘reconstructed version’. This indicates that it was cut by an unknown amount prior to submission.

MGM and BEF Film Distributors released it theatrically.

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World Sex Report (1971) - MGM-BEF Film Distritutors [au] One sheet poster


 

 

 

 

The World's Last Sex Act

Produced by Antony Weber / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

Note: We believe this may be CRIES OF ECSTASY, BLOWS OF DEATH (1973). The IMDb lists it as one of only two films credited to Antony Weber.

 

In June 1976, a 2119.00-meter (77:14) print of THE WORLD'S LAST SEX ACT was banned because of 'indecency'.

 A 1920.10-meter (69:59) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in March 1977.

In both cases, Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism

Directed by Dusan Makavejev / 1971 / West Germany-Yugoslavia / IMDb

In 1972, W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM played at both the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.

Roadshow Distributors submitted a 2313.43-meter (84:19) print to the Censorship Board in February 1973. An R-rating was awarded only after 36.27-meters (01:19) of cuts for 'indecency' were made.

The poster carried the following quote.

Sydney Morning Herald March 9 1973. “Senator Webster said he had heard that the film (WR Mysteries of the Organism) made ‘Last Tango in Paris’ look like a Walt Disney Cartoon.

 

 

1993: Censored SBS screening

A censored W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM screened on SBS in 1993. This version had previously been shown in 1991 on the UK’s Channel 4.

The IMDb states that this print:

…used psychedelic computer generated masking techniques to hide some of the more explicit details, including genuine sex during the opening Soviet sex education film, the images on the wall paintings showing people masturbating, and all shots of Jim Buckley's penis as a plaster cast is made of it (which was obscured by digitally animated stars).

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W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) Daybill


 

 

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