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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.

 

 Shopping: The Wild Life...

1984 USA comedy drama by Art Linson set for UK DVD release on 26th March 2018 with previous BBFC cuts just waived


Link Here 18th February 2018
The Wild Life DVD The Wild Life is a 1984 USA comedy drama by Art Linson.
Starring Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Eric Stoltz. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for sexualised nudity, strong sex references, language, drug misuse with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2018 Media Sales/Final Cut Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 26th March 2018
UK Censorship History

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated video release in 1985. Uncut and 15 rated for 2018 DVD.

From IMDb. The BBFC cuts were:

  • to remove all footage of nunchakus and
  • to edit a scene where a cigarette is lit by an ignited aerosol can.

Promotional Material

Great party movie, following the adventures of Bill & Tom, two high school buddies at opposite ends of the spectrum. Bill (Eric Stolz) prefers to live life straight-laced, while his friend Tom (Chris Penn) takes nothing seriously except partying all the time. When Bill moves out of his mother's house to live on his own he faces many issues, from his girlfriend, to his brother, to his landlord. Meanwhile, his friend Tom moves in to keep the rent down but proceeds to turn Bill's life upside down. This movie is non-stop comedy from start to finish and is a personal favorite of mine. Soundtrack features guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen throughout the movie, also features cameos by rockers Lee Ving and Ron Wood. 70s Pornstar legend Kitten Navidad also makes an appearance!

 

  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.

 

 Shopping: A Pistol for Ringo/The Return of Ringo...

Spaghetti western dramas by Duccio Tessari set for UK Blu-ray release on 19th March 2018 both with previous BBFC cuts waived


Link Here 14th February 2018
A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo: Two Films by Duccio Tessari Blu-ray A Pistol for Ringo is a 1965 Spain/Italy action western drama by Duccio Tessari.
With Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho and Lorella De Luca. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for 'U' rated 1966 cinema release. Uncut for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2018.

The Return of Ringo is a 1965 Italy / Spain action western romance by Duccio Tessari.
Starring Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho and Lorella De Luca. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for an 'AA' rated cinema release in 1970. Uncut for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2018.

UK: A Pistol for Ringo was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, brief sexual threat with previous BBFC cuts waived:
UK:
The Return of Ringo was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2018 Arrow [A Pistol for Ringo + The Return of Ringo] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th March 2018

Promotional Material

The original Ringo films introduced another iconic hero to the spaghetti western; a clean-cut sharp shooter who was markedly different to Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name.

In A Pistol For Ringo, the eponymous hero, played by Giuliano Gemma (Day of Anger, Tenebrae), infiltrates a ranch of Mexican bandits to save a beautiful hostage (Nieves Navarro, Death Walks on High Heels). In The Return Of Ringo, the gunslinger, now a veteran of war, disguises himself as a Mexican in order to take revenge on outlaws who have stolen his property and taken his wife.

Hugely successful upon their original release, thanks in part to the skilled direction of Duccio Tessari (The Bloodstained Butterfly, Death Occurred Last Night), the Ringo films proved influential on the Italian western, spawning numerous unofficial sequels, due to their gripping set-pieces and unforgettable musical scoring by Ennio Morricone. Arrow Video is proud to present both films in sumptuous new restorations that truly brings their stylish cinematography to life.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentaries for both films by Spaghetti Western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke
  • They Called Him Ringo, an archival featurette with star Giuliano Gemma
  • A Western Greek Tragedy, an archival featurette with Lorella de Luca and camera operator Sergio D Offizi
  • Revisiting Ringo, a new video interview with critic and Ringo fan Tony Rayns
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegal Archive
  • Original trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Howard Hughes and a newly-translated interview with Duccio Tessari
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     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

     

      Cinema nostalgia leaving a lump in your throat...

    Australian cinema screening and discussion of Deep Throat cancelled after protest from feminist campaign group


    Link Here 12th February 2018
    Deep Throat Collector's Edition Series DVD A Melbourne cinema's operators have cancelled a screening of the iconic 1970s film Deep Throat amid complaints from a women's campaign group, the Coalition Against Trafficking Women in Australia (CATWA).

    Gerard Damiano's pornographic film was scheduled for a rare public screening at The Astor in St Kilda on March 19. The screening was to have been followed by a panel discussion.

    In a message responding to the complaints, Palace programming director Kim Petalas said the film was booked for cultural purposes as a reflection on the changing political, censorship and cinema exhibition landscape in the USA in the early 1970s.

    After receiving the complaints The Astor's leaseholders, Palace Cinemas, quickly made the decision to cancel the screening.

    Feminist concerns about Deep Throat stem not just from its sexually explicit nature but from the personal testimony of its star Linda Lovelace who later accused her former husband Chuck Trainor of forcing her into pornography at gunpoint.

     

      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.

     

     Shopping: Blood Harvest...

    1987 USA horror by Bill Rebane set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 12th March 2018 with all previous cuts just restored


    Link Here 8th February 2018
    Blood Harvest Blu-ray Blood Harvest is a 1987 USA horror by Bill Rebane.
    Starring Tiny Tim, Itonia Salchek and Dean West. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sexualised violence with All previous BBFC cuts waived and material originally pre-cut by company restored for:

    Censorship History
    Pre-cut for 1989 and further cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS. All these cuts were restored for 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray.

    Cut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Blood Harvest

    Promotional Material

    "Prolific B-movie maverick Bill Rebane (THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION) opted for some contemporary 'real world' horror carnage and caught wind of the slice and dice craze with his classic BLOOD HARVEST (1987). Unleashed at a time when the slasher movie was awash with sequels, BLOOD HARVEST stood out thanks to a lunatic performance from Tiny Tim (the legendary American television personality who offers up a creepy and instantly-cult sing-song scene as well). Featuring a masked man on the rampage, twists and turns that will keep you glued to the gore and a final reel that packs in plenty of sadism and shocks, BLOOD HARVEST gets its HD worldwide premiere from the celluloid plasma-addicts at 88 Films!!! The harvest has begun... Dare you watch?"

     

      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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