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Crazy Rich Asians is cut for a PG rating in Australia

Link Here 26th August 2018
Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 USA comedy by Jon M Chu.
Starring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding. BBFC link IMDb

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.

The film is uncut and 12A rated in the UK. It is uncut and PG-13 rated in the US. However it has been cut in Australia to achieve a PG rating.

On July 3, 2018, an uncut print of CRAZY RICH ASIANS was passed with an M (PG-15) rating for coarse language.

On July 11, Roadshow Films resubmitted the film in a censored version. This time it received a PG rating for mild themes and coarse language

Reviews on US Christian sites mention that there are two uses of the word Fuck. The Refused Classification website commented that it suspected that both of these have been overdubbed in the Australian PG version.

Maybe the Australian categories provide a different dynamic to the US. In America the success of the PG-13 rating means that it is now the dominant rating for a film marketed for all ages. The PG rating has become associated with children's film and so is something to be avoided for films that appeal to all ages. It has been noted that some instances of strong language are there just to ensure a PG-13 rather than a PG. Perhaps that is the reason for strong language in Crazy Rich Asians. It would be a little ironic if the US film makers added it to avoid a PG whilst the Australian distributors cut it to obtain a PG.



At last! A moral, decent and proper censorship law...

Australian senator introduces bill to roll back the country's censorship laws

Link Here 23rd August 2018
Excellent work in the Australian Parliament as Senator David Leyonhelm as introduced a private members bill titled:

Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Censorship) Bill 2018

The summary reads:

Amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to:

  • remove the ban on publications, films and computer games that offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety;

  • and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: remove bans on broadcasting, datacasting and online content, with a specific focus on bans affecting services provided behind paywalls;

  • narrow the guidance provided by government to broadcasting industries and datacasting licensees in the development of codes of practice;

  • remove certain restrictions on subscription television broadcasters and online content services relating to programs or content that has been or would be classified as X 18+, category 1 restricted or category 2 restricted;

  • and remove a ban on broadcasting electoral advertising relating to a federal, state, territory or local election on election day or on the preceding Thursday or Friday

Presumably an Australian private members bill has as little chance of success as its UK equivalent, but its the thought that counts.



Offsite Article: Joyless censortrons...

Link Here 22nd August 2018
Full story: Banned Games in Australia...Games and the Australian Censorship Board
The Australian Classification Board is Letting Us Down. By Cai Holroyd

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