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  Wounded by censors...

A south African film with a gay theme has been effectively banned from mainstream cinema release by the film censor by unfairly classifying it as pornography


Link Here 19th February 2018
Poster Inxeba 2017 John Trengove Inxeba (The Wound) is a 2017 South Africa / Germany / Netherlands / France romance by John Trengove.
Starring Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay. IMDb

Summary Notes

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

Inxeba (The Wound) is a film centred around an African custom of adulthood initiation via a circumcision ritual. It contains two simulated sex scenes and has a gay storyline.

South African film censors at Film and Publication Board (FPB} originally awarded a straightforward 16 LS rating for language and sex.

The gay theme wound up local conservatives of the Gauteng branch of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) and cultural organisation the Man and Boy Foundation and an appeal against the rating was lodged.

The result of the appeal was that the rating was upgraded to an X18 rating which is generally reserved for explicit hardcore pornography. Similarly to the UK, the movie can then only be screened at licensed porn cinemas, and it is effectively banned from mainstream cinemas.

Clearly the producers of Inxeba are not well pleased and along with  leading South African film industry players say the fight over the movie being reclassified as pornographic by the FPB is far from over. They have vowed to take the matter to court. They accuse the FPB of censorship, homophobia and of not following its own governing act or classification guidelines by overturning the controversial, award-winning gay Xhosa initiation movie's original 16 LS ratin.

 

  Putting past censorship wrongs right...

Korea appoints a new head of the Korean Film Council


Link Here 17th February 2018
kofic logoFilmmaker Oh Seok-geun has been appointed chairman of the Korean Film Council , South Korea's film industry regulator and funding body. The position had been vacant for six months following the resignation in dubious circumstances of former chairman Kim Sae-hoon. Oh said:

My priority is to help Kofic regain its lost trust of the film industry. I will reexamine the funding programs and policies that were unfairly handled during the past government. Programs that were maladapted to exclude certain types of films such as independent films will surely be redesigned.

During the former chairman's term, Kofic experienced a number of problems: Kim had been accused of embezzling public money and of colluding with South Korea's impeached former President Park Geun-hye, who wanted the film industry to serve her nationalist agenda.

Park and her supporters, including former culture minister Cho Yoon-sun and chief of staff Kim Ki-choon, were involved in the notorious blacklist that named almost 9,000 cultural figures deemed to be anti-government. The list was circulated in an effort to exclude artists and companies from funding programs operated by state-controlled agencies, including Kofic . Kim resigned after President Moon Jae-in replaced Park.

 

  Red Sparrow...

BBFC advised category cuts have been made for a 15 rated cinema release


Link Here 16th February 2018
Poster Red Sparrow 2018 Francis Lawrence Red Sparrow is a 2018 USA mystery thriller by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Mary-Louise Parker. BBFC link IMDb

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.

UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, gore, sexual violence, sex, very strong language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for:

  • 2018 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions in one scene of strong sadistic violence (a garroting). When the film was submitted for formal classification appropriate reductions had been made in that scene and the film was classified 15.

Uncut in the US.

Uncut and MPAA R rated for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.

 

  Ready Player One...

New Spielberg film is cut for nudity


Link Here 14th February 2018
Poster Ready Player One 2018 Steven Spielberg Ready Player One is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Steven Spielberg.
Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Hannah John-Kamen. IMDb

Film centers on a young outcast named Wade Watts. In the near future, Watts escapes from his daily drudgery by logging onto an MMO game called 'The Oasis'. When the game's billionaire founder dies, he offers players his fortune as the prize in an easter egg hunt within The Oasis. Watts gets in on the action then after five years finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money -- in both the real world and in The Oasis.

The new Stephen Spielberg Sci-Fi film has been cut in the US to reduce nudity.

The film was first submitted to the MPAA and was rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, nudity and language.

Presumably the producers did not like the thought of nudity being tagged in a Spielberg film so cut teh film for nudity. The film was resubmitted and was re-rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language.

 

 Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast: 79...


Link Here 13th February 2018
Preacher - Season 2 Blu-ray Age ratings for Preacher and Supernatural US TV series

See article from bbfc.co.uk

 

  An end to dictatorship...

Documentary film Democrats unbanned in Zimbabwe


Link Here 11th February 2018
Poster Democrats 2014 Camilla Nielsson Democrats is a 2014 Denmark / Zimbabwe documentary by Camilla Nielsson.
Starring Paul Mangwana, Robert Mugabe and Douglas Mwonzora. IMDb

Two political opponents are appointed to write Zimbabwe's new constitution. It is the ultimate test that can bring an end to President Mugabe's 30 years of autocratic rule. It can go either way: towards the birth of a constitutional democracy - or renewed repression.

Zimbabwe's High Court has lifted a ban on an acclaimed documentary film that portrays former president Robert Mugabe in a far from flattering light.

The film, The Democrats, by Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson, was made in the aftermath of Zimbabwe's violent and disputed 2008 elections. It tells the story of Zimbabwe's fraught constitution-making process. But Zimbabwe's censorship board never allowed the film to go on sale or to be screened in the country.

Rights lawyer Bellinda Chinowawa told RFI it took a year and a half to get this High Court ruling. She called it a great victory for all Zimbabweans.

To begin with the film's production company, Upfront Films, was given the green light to make the documentary about the constitutional-making process. But when it was finally released -- to international acclaim in 2015 -- Zimbabwe's censorship board ruled that it wasn't suitable for local audiences.

The censors never revealed why they had banned the film, they are not forced to by law. It is believed though that supporters of Robert Mugabe -- who was then president -- felt it depicted him wrongly as a dictator.

 

  Period drama...

Pakistan's film censors ban the Indian film Pad Man


Link Here 11th February 2018
pad ,manPad Man is a 2018 India comedy biography by R Balki.
Starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. BBFC link IMDb

Biography on Tamil Nadu activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, whose mission was to provide sanitary napkin's to poor women of rural areas. Who would use rag cloths or leaves during periods where use of sanitary napkins was rare. After he did not get fruitful results from his family and a medical college he approached, he decided to try it himself by making a uterus out of football bladder and filling goat's blood in it. He would roam around the whole day with the bladder, the aim was to check the absorption rate of the sanitary napkins made by him.

Akshay Kumar's much-awaited film on menstrual hygiene, Pad Man, released across the world on Friday. centres around menstruation and hygiene has been banned from being released in Pakistan.

Members of the Punjab Film Censor Board have refused even to watch the film and have claimed that taboo subject films will not be allowed screening in cinemas.

Similarly, the Federal Censor Board also announced a ban on Padman in all cinemas across the country.

Film distributors had displayed posters on PadMan across cinemas but after this latest development, all posters were removed.

 

 Offsite Article: Ban it, bin it, close it: Lebanon and the growing climate of censorship...


Link Here 11th February 2018  full story: Banned Films in Lebanon...Beirut Hotel
Wonder Woman DVD Background to the Lebanese political censorship of films with a connection to Israel

See article from thearabweekly.com

 

  Moonwalker...

Gavin Salkeld's Quick Trims investigate mysterious cuts for UK Blu-ray


Link Here 9th February 2018
edge moonwalker Moonwalker is a 1988 USA music crime fantasy by Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield...
Starring Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci and Sean Lennon. BBFC link IMDb

Uncut for UK cinema release and VHS but for UK Blu-ray release.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

 

  Voices of the Silenced...

Vue cinema cancels private showing of Christian film about the controversial theme of gay cure


Link Here 8th February 2018
voices of the silenced A row has broken out over the screening of a film that advocates therapy to cure people from being gay.

Christian group Core Issues Trust had hired a screen at Vue Piccadilly, London, to show the film Voices of the Silenced on Thursday. The documentary tells the stories of 15 people emerging out of homosexual lifestyles and aims to preserve and promote teachings on sexual ethics.

But Vue cancelled the booking after the event drew criticism. A spokeswoman for the cinema said:

While it is not our intention to censor content, ...[BUT]... in some instances, where we feel an activity is in direct contradiction to Vue's values, a decision will be made to refrain from allowing a private event to go ahead.

Core Issues Trust is now seeking advice from lawyers, and told the BBC it had 126 people attending the event from across the UK and other countries, including the Netherlands. Mike Davidson, who leads Core Issues Trust, told the BBC the film was not about a gay cure but the rights of individuals to access help and support for unwanted homosexual feelings.

A spokesperson for campaign group Stonewall said:

It's disappointing that Vue Piccadilly would consider screening a documentary about so-called 'conversion therapy'.  LGBT people aren't ill. Being gay, lesbian, bi or trans is not something that should be 'cured' or changed.

 

  Mountain of the Cannibal God...

1978 Italian video nasty by Sergio Martino again cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty


Link Here 8th February 2018
Mountain of the Cannibal God DVD Mountain of the Cannibal God is a 1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino
With Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Extended Version was assed 18 for strong violence, gore, sex after 2:01s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

  • 2018 Argent Films/Shameless video
The BBFC commented:
  • Compulsory cuts required to remove six sequences of animal cruelty in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.
Censorship History and versions

All UK releases have been cut for animal cruelty. The film was banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US. This Extended Version was passed 18 for 2018 video but was still cut for animal cruelty.

The Extended Version features 4 minutes of previously unseen rape, bestiality and masturbation scenes. It also restores the explicit castration scene to the movie. This extra material is said to have been taken from the director's private collection.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Mountain of the Cannibal God

 


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