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Australian distributors reprise a US debate about whether Rocketman should be cut for a lower rating


Link Here 19th May 2019
Rocketman is a 2019 UK / USA musical music biography by Dexter Fletcher.
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden. BBFC link IMDb

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Rocketman follows in the footsteps of the similarly gay themed Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsod y. Perhaps with an eye on repeating the successful formula of the earlier sanitised and PG-13 rated biopic, Hollywood producers Paramount seemed to have been pushing for Rocketman to get a PG-13 rating.

Paramount demanded that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn cut a 40-second scene that depicts Elton John and one-time lover and manager John Reid, writhing on a bed. Fully exposed white derrieres are on display, but the nude escapade is tastefully done.

However it seems that the film makers won the argument as the film ended up with an R rating that confirms the sexual content.

In the UK, the film was passed 15 uncut for drug misuse, sex, very strong language.

The debate has now been reprised in Australia where the distributors preferred a cut M (PG-15) rated release over the uncut version awarded an MA15+. The  distributors duly cut the film and resubmitted it but the censors decided that the distributors had not cut enough for an M rating and stuck with the MA15+ rating.

Note that the issues causing concern for the Australian film censors are related to strong language rather than the gay themes.

The distributors have now appealed the decision and hope that Review Board can be convinced to award an M rating.

The appeal will be heard on 21st May 2019.

 

 

Offsite Article: The books banned in Queensland...


Link Here 5th May 2019
Full story: Book Censorship in Australia...Australian books banned by censors
More than 50,000 books and magazines that can be sold around Australia are not allowed to be stocked on Queensland shelves.

See article from scmp.com

 

 

An unprecedented attack on press freedom in Australia...

Mass prosecution of media companies and staff who alluded to the conviction of George Pell when the court demanded secrecy


Link Here 16th April 2019
Full story: News Censorship in Australia...Government reforms on news media censorship

In an unprecedented attack on press freedom in Australia, 23 journalists and 13 media outlets have been hit with charges relating to the child sexual abuse trial of Catholic cardinal George Pell. The accused include Australia's two biggest newspaper companies, Rupert Murdoch's Nationwide News and the former Fairfax group now owned by broadcaster Nine, as well as leading newspaper editors and reporters.

The media and reporters are accused of abetting contempt of court by the foreign press and of scandalising the court by breaching a gagging order, despite none of them reporting on the charges involved or mentioning Pell by name. The court had banned all reporting of the case pending a second trial that was later cancelled.

Some foreign media, including The New York Times and the Washington Post , reported Pell's conviction in December, while local media ran cryptic articles complaining that they were being prevented from reporting a story of major public interest.

Matthew Collins, representing the accused media at the first hearing on the matter today, said such wide-ranging contempt charges had no precedent in Australian legal history. Collins added that a guilty verdict on any of the charges would have a chilling effect on open justice in Australia. He insisted that the contempt allegations lacked specific examples of how any of the accused news companies or journalists actually breached the gag order when they never mentioned Pell or the crimes for which he was convicted.

 

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