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26th May

 Offsite Article: What's Secret and What's Not? That's a Secret!...

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australian government logo Mass surveillance makes us subjects of the state. That's chilling. By Richard Ackland

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24th May

  Decrypting obscurified law...

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1st May

 Diary: The Human Centipede 3...

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24th June to 4th July 2015 Australian Tour
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centipede 3 tour Monster Fest, Australia's premier cult film festival is proud to announce a national theatrical tour of the third and final installment of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE franchise: THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (FINAL SEQUENCE) , celebrating the film's June 17 release on Australian DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD.

Fans will have the rare chance of seeing the film on the glorious big screen in each capital city, with one-off screenings attended by the star of both the second and the third THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE films, brilliant English actor Laurence R. Harvey , who will be at each event to introduce the film, followed by Q&A and signing sessions.

  • PERTH: LUNA LEEDERVILLE - WED. 24th JUNE -- BUY TICKETS HERE
  • MELBOURNE: LIDO HAWTHORN - FRI 26th JUNE - BUY TICKETS HERE
  • MELBOURNE: CAMEO - SAT 27th JUNE - BUY TICKETS HERE
  • ADELAIDE: MERCURY CINEMA - WED 1st JULY - BUY TICKETS HERE
  • BRISBANE: NEW FARM CINEMA -THURS 2nd JULY - BUY TICKETS HERE
  • SYDNEY: RITZ RANDWICK - SAT 4th JULY - BUY TICKETS HERE

In 2011, the second episode of the trilogy, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) , was pulled from Australian cinema screens after conservative pressure groups successfully lobbied to have the film's R18+ rating reviewed. The ban was lifted only after the film's distributor, Monster Pictures, made cuts to the film.

Monster Pictures will submit the latest installment in the next couple of weeks and wait anxiously for the verdict from the Australian Classification Board. We're nervous, no doubt, said Neil Foley from Monster Pictures. I've seen the film and it ain't no walk in the park. Let's just hope sanity prevails and we can release this film without any issues from the censors.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (FINAL SEQUENCE) unites the stars of the first two films, Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, as warden and sidekick, respectively, of an American prison. They hatch a plan to cut costs by creating a human centipede, not with three people as in Part 1, or with twelve, as in Part 2, but with 500 inmates -- each joined in such a way to share the same digestive tract!

Monster Fest National Marketing Director, David Leadbetter said:

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE films have etched their way into the global psyche, they've appeared on South Park, been parodied in porn, been sung about in musicals and been whispered about at drinking fountains the world over. To say we've played a role in spreading something so wonderfully abhorrent gives me enormous delight. Yes it's sickening but it's fun and completely tongue in cheek! I say crack open your finest fresh mints and enjoy; this tour is going to be a hoot!

 

28th April

 Offsite Article: The censorship end game of Australia's piracy site-blocking Bill...

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australian government logo Discussion of an internet censorship bill initially aimed at copyright issues but campaigners are already looking to widen its remit

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25th April

  Mounting Outrage...

Australian farmers has fun with a hay bale statute
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hay bale An Australian farmer who has been ordered to remove a hay bale sculpture depicting a bull serving a cow says he has received massive public support.

Bruce Cook, owner of Kactus Point Charolais stud erected the sculpture on his farm as a bit of fun.

But a miserable git complained that the sculpture was somehow offensive and obscene. Cook received a call from a policeman telling him he had to take it down and that he could be charged with publishing pornographic images .

Cook told The Weekly Times:

I couldn't believe it. How could anyone be offended by something that happens out in the paddocks for real every day of the week? It's just nature.

A defiant Cook said he refused to take it down and in fact plans to light up the sculpture at night, so it can seen for longer by passers-by:

I told the copper to piss off. They have picked on the wrong person. I don't care what they threaten me with. The sculpture stays.

A Weekly Times poll shows 96% of people agreed the sculpture was not offensive. But one fuddy duddy, Elvie Gannon, 75, from Mystic Park claimed there was plenty of opposition to the sculpture.

Half the world are telling me I'm am old fuddy duddy and the other half are saying to me 'good on you' for raising my concerns.

Australian Film Classification Board

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The Film Classification Board

The Australian state censor has responsibility for cinema, home video, video games, books and magazines.

Appeals about censorship decisions are heard by the Classification Review Board.

Film & Game Classifications

- G: (General Exhibition) These films and computer games are for general viewing.

- PG: (Parental Guidance) Contains material which some children find confusing or upsetting, and may require the guidance of parents or guardians. It is not recommended for viewing or playing by persons under 15 without guidance from parents or guardians.

- M:  (Recommended for mature audiences) Contains material that is not recommended for persons under 15 years of age.

- MA15+ (Mature Accompanied) The content is considered unsuitable for exhibition by persons under the age of 15. Persons under this age may only legally purchase or exhibit MA15+ rated content under the supervision of an adult guardian.

- R18+ (Restricted) People under 18 may not buy, rent or exhibit these films

- X18+ (Restricted) People under 18 may not buy, rent or exhibit these films. This rating applies to real sex content only

- RC (Refused Classification)Banned

Note that there is no R18+ X18+ available for games so adult games often end up getting banned much to the annoyance of gamers.

Note also that films classified as X18+ (Restricted) are banned from sale or rent in most of Australia. They can only be sold from Northern Territory and ACT (Canberra). Mail order and imports are allowed though and possession of X18+ material is legal

Publication Classifications

 - Unrestricted

- Unrestricted Mature: Not recommended for readers under 15.

- Restricted Category 1: Not available to persons under 18 years. Softcore

- Restricted Category 2 : Not available to persons under 18 years. Only to be sold in adults only shops: Hardcore

- RC: Refused Classification. Banned

Only publications that would be restricted 1 & 2 need to be submitted for censorship. There is also a scheme that magazines only need to be submitted once. Subsequent issues inherit the same rating. However later issues can be 'called in' for reassessment if anything crops up to alert the censors of changes.

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