Just unbanned by the Australian Censorship Board
|4th July 2023
How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord is a 2018 Japan animation comedy
Starring Masaaki Mizunaka, Yû Serizawa and Azumi Waki
Season 2 was banned in January 2023 by the Australian Censorship Board. The problem was a still image at the end of Episode 3, CORRUPT RITUAL Presumably this image was cut when Season 2 was resubmitted in June 2023 and it was then MA 15+
An elite player is summoned by two maidens to save a fantasy game.
Australian film censors finally unbanned Found, in an even more heavily cut version
28th August 2014
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Found is a 2012 USA horror by Scott Schirmer.
Starring Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck and Phyllis Munro.
The uncut version of the movie was banned by the the Australian
film censors earlier this year in May.
The distributor, Monster Pictures, has just resubmitted a cut version, approximately 6 minutes shorter than the previous submission.
However the film censors did not
relent and the film is still banned, even in its cut form.
The Australian film censors relented after the film was submit for the third time, this time with about 7 minutes being cut.
The heavily cut film is now rated
R18+ for high impact sexualised violence, violence and themes
The extended classification information reads,:
- High impact: themes, violence
- Moderate impact: language, nudity
Still no word how the film is faring at the BBFC. It is due for UK release on 13th October 2014.
Australian Censorship Board re-bans Baise-Moi for home video
13th August 2013. See article from
Baise-moi is a 2000 France crime drama by Virginie Despentes and Coralie.
With Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot.
The Australian Censorship Board has just re-banned Baise-Moi.
The film played in Australian cinemas with an R18+ (18) rating but the real sex coupled with rape made it very controversial. The government stepped in and requested
that the film be banned on home video. The resulting ban has persisted from 2002 to the present day.
Now Potential Films have just resubmitted the film for home video hoping that time has healed whatever ailed the censors. But to no avail, the
film censors reaffirmed their ban.
Uncut in the UK
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, real sex and very strong language with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
However the 2001 cinema release was cut by 10s and 2002 DVDs were cut by 12s. The DVD cuts were:
Cuts required to two sequences of sexual violence involving strong sexual imagery:
- explicit close up of sexual penetration of woman during rape scene
- sight of gun being pressed into man's anus prior to being fired
See also: Melon Farmers film cuts details for Baise-Moi
Update: Reasons for the Ban
18th August 2013. See
article from refused-classification.com
See article from refused-classification.com
. Note that the version banned by the censors in 2013 was a pre-cut version with the sight of penetration deleted from the rape scene. The Film Censorship Board explained its majority decision to ban the video:
summary, as this film contains depictions of explicit sexual activity and sexual violence, sexualized violence and violence which are very high in impact and, as such, exceeds what can be accommodated within the R 18+ classification, and, as the film
also contains violence, sexual violence and sexualized violence and, as such, cannot be accommodated within the X18+ classification, this material warrants Refused Classification.
|3rd May 2013
One of the most violent and disturbing movies I have seen in years. Morgue Street is an edgy, polished and extremely disturbing horror short that crosses just about every line you can imagine in its 11 minute running time.
article from horror-movies.ca
Short film Morgue Street banned from showing at a horror film festival
|19th April 2013
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Morgue Street is a 2012 Italy short horror thriller by Alberto Viavattene.
With Mario Cellini, Désirée Giorgetti, Roberto Nali.
Morgue Street was slated for screening at the A Night Of Horror Film
Festival in Sidney, but the Australian Classification Board banned it with a 'Refused Classification' rating, two days before the screening, claiming
its material that is considered to offend against the standards
of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults.
Morgue Street is based upon the story The Murders in The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe. It tells the story of two prostitutes, mother and
daughter, struggling against a mysterious creature that breaks into their home.
Brian Yuzna called it An original artistic horror while cult author Jack Ketchum blessed it as impressive and perverse .
By the way of a hint
about the reasons for the ban, as well as horror film festivals, it was also screened at the Berlin Porn Film Festival.
Gay film banned from film festival screenings
|6th March 2013
22nd February 2013. See article
I Want Your Love is a 2012 USA drama by Travis Mathews.
With Jesse Metzger, Brontez Purnell, Ben Jasper.
A feature film that includes explicit scenes of gay male sex has been banned by
the Australian Film Censorship Board. I Want Your Love , written and directed by young American filmmaker Travis Mathews, was due to screen at queer film festivals around Australia.
Festival films are generally granted exemptions from the
censorship process. Festivals provide synopses of the works they are screening but the board can then ask to see individual films.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival director Lisa Daniel says that in her 15 years at the festival, I Want Your Love is
the first film that has been refused an exemption. It has been seen in many festivals around the world, and its distributors have told her this is the first time it has been banned. Mathews is a well-known filmmaker, and the decision is an embarrassment
for Australia, she says.
The film focuses on a young gay man who is preparing to leave San Francisco after living there for 10 years. The film shows his last 36 hours in the city, and a party thrown for him by his friends, in which his ambivalent
feelings about departure are clarified.
The film was also on the program at Sydney's Queer Screen and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival.
Jain Moralee, director of Queer Screen, said she was very disappointed that she would be unable to show
the work. The sex scene, she says, is a six-minute montage of friends, housemates and partygoers that is part of the narrative context of the film. She describes Mathews as a filmmaker who explores the line between narrative and documentary.
Update: Petition to Overturn the refused exemption status of the film I Want Your Love
23rd February 2013. See
There is no reason why this film should not be shown to a paying adult audience within the context of curated film festivals. I Want Your Love has screened at every
major queer film festival in the world and is getting a DVD release in the United States this month. Why are we the only country in the world to refuse its citizens the right to see it?
To: Ms Lesley O'Brien -
director, Australian Classification Board
We the undersigned believe that your decision to refuse exemption to Australian queer film festivals to screen Travis Mathew's film I Want Your Love is wrong.
Want Your Love shows us the modern gay experience with intimacy and frankness. It has a level of reality that is refreshing and reflects what life is really like for many gay men. Honest, intimate depictions of gay love and sex do not harm us to see.
I Want Your Love shows love and sex between happy, healthy and consenting gay men. While it contains actual sex, it is shown within a non-violent, intelligent and artistic narrative. This element is therefore not gratuitous and should
not form a reason why it should be refused exemption.
We believe there is no reason why this film should not be shown to a paying adult audience within the context of curated film festivals. I Want Your Love has screened at every
major queer film festival in the world and is getting a DVD release in the United States this month. We ask you to reflect on why we are the only country in the world to refuse its citizens the right to see it?
In light of this,
we ask you to overturn the refused exemption status of the film I Want Your Love.
Update: Petition Result
6th March 2013. Based on
article from minivannews.com
To everyone who signed the petition
This is to let you know that a hard copy of the petition was sent to the Australian Classification Board yesterday. It contained 2398 signatures and 54 pages of your
Your signatures send a strong message. Your comments are articulate and powerful. More powerful and persuading than the legislation that the censors have been hiding behind.
I thank you for
signing the petition and arguing your point so well. Let's hope some sense transfers from us to them. I will let you know.
Actor James Franco comments on the banning of I Want Your Love
|5th March 2013
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The Oscar-nominated star James Franco has weighed into the censorship debate via a Youtube message, in which he speaks directly to the Australian Classification Board.
Franco describes the banning of I Want Your Love as hypocritical
and disappointing :
Travis is making this film, including sex, because he wants to explore story and character and the nuances that sex contains.
Because films have been banned
because of sex, sex and films hasn't had a chance to grow and become a sophisticated storytelling device. And frankly adults should be able to choose. They're not going in blind. I don't know why in this day and age, something like this --- a film that
is using sex not for titillation but to talk about being human --- is being banned. It's just embarrassing.
The Australian Classification Board not just embarrasses by the films it chooses to ban and the inconsistencies in its
approach --- it also embarrasses by the films it allows to screen, or simply doesn't bother to review.
Australian Film Censor bans film festival screening of Matinee
The Australian film censor has banned the screening of Jennifer Lyon Bells short film, Matinée at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF).
The MUFF wrote to oppose this decision on two grounds:
Firstly, the decision negates the artistic merits of the film. While graphically sexual,
Matinée is a picture which embodies many of the qualities which should be sought after in high quality artistic filmmaking. The lead performances are strong and memorable, and the direction and production design work twofold, both ensuring
a subtle, entirely naturalistic feel, and a highly stylized, enigmatic and atmospheric world, the likes of which is often attempted in independent cinema but rarely so deftly achieved.
Secondly, and most importantly, MUFF opposes the censor's
decision on the grounds that it represents a hypocritical and troubling suppression of transgressive female-centric sexuality on film. The modus operandi of Blue Artichoke Films, Bells production company, is to create films which portray realistic sexual
intimacy, depict empowered female characters, possess artistic merit and strong narratives, and do not fall back upon the damaging and often dangerous stereotypes of female sexuality that the Western media is accustomed to. In other words, Bell is
looking to produce films about sexuality which women can enjoy, free of masculine control.
It is outrageous that the censor has sought fit to ban Matinée for the sole reason that it depicts actual sex. The sex depicted in the film,
while real, is set within a relationship based on love and mutual desire. What we see in Matinée is two consenting adults (characters, not porn clichés, with a deep and complex established relationship) making love. That is all.
Nowhere in this film do we see any violence, sexual abuse, cruelty or malice; we merely see the intimacy which occurs between loving partners every day in real life. The fact that this depiction is considered to be too disturbing for an adult audience,
and yet films which depict shocking and graphic violence and/or sexual abuse (yes, simulated, but made to look and feel real) are passed by the censor, is unacceptable.