Film Censorship: Father's Day (2011)





Father's Day

Directed by Astron-6 / 2011 / Canada-USA / IMDb

The Australian Premiere of FATHER'S DAY was held at Sydney's Dendy Newtown cinema on March 24 2012. It screened as part of the 6th Night of Horror Film Festival.

The film went on to pick up four awards for, best male performance for Adam Brooks, best director, best feature film, and best special effects.


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Uncut version banned on DVD

In October 2012, a 99m DVD of FATHER'S DAY was banned by the Classification Board.

The reason given was:

Refused Classification
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as films that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."

Bounty Films was the applicant. The film was due to be released by Monster Pictures.



Melbourne Monster Fest screening cancelled

The Refused Classification rating meant that the November 4th screening of FATHER'S DAY had to be dropped from Monster Fest.


Monster Fest
31 October - 9 November, Cinema Nova, Melbourne

Canada , 2012 99 MIN DIR: Astron 6 CAST: Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Amy Groening

The Astron 6 mayhem continues with this tale of a daddy-defiler by the name of Chris Fuchman and his nemesis, a one-eyed vigilante named Ahab, who had his own male parent snuffed by the Father’s Day Killer. A hit at festivals across the globe, FATHER’S DAY is pure grindhouse madness and is brilliant on every level! See it on the big screen with an audience. And remember… Lock up your Fathers!

A few years back Winnipeg filmmaking collective Astron-6 produced a trailer for a feature idea they had called FATHER’S DAY. Soon enough Lloyd Kaufman came sniffing around and before long they hooked up with Troma to produce a feature length version of the film – FOR 10 THOUSAND BUCKS!!

Low budget films come and go but this film is proof positive that brilliance can be achieved on next to nothing. The performances from the Astron 6 team are universally top-notch, the score is amazing, the production design awesome, wardrobe is spot on, as is make-up, effects, stunts etc. It’s gory, sick and twisted yet utterly hilarious – this film seriously has everything! Make no mistake, FATHER’S DAY is one of the finest films of the last bunch of years – big budget, small budget, no budget, whatever! Mark my words – YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE FATHER’S DAY.

Astron 6 are one of the most exciting filmmaking teams on the planet at this point in time – this film has been scooping up awards all over the world and here is your chance to see why – where else will you see Lloyd Kaufman playing God and Satan not only in the one film, but in the one scene? SERIOUSLY PEOPLE THIS FILM IS UNMISSABLE!

Screening Times SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER » 8.00PM



Reaction to the RC-rating

'Dad rape, maple syrup and friendship' movie banned, November 2, 2012

Neil Foley, manager of Monster Pictures, decried the latest decision. "We think it's an appalling decision. The film is a comedy, it's been taken way out of context. We're not really sure what scenes they have a problem with but there's nothing in this film that hasn't been seen before and anything that is in the film has been put there in the name of comedy by very talented, well-received and comic artists."

Mr Foley noted that the film had been approved for release in Britain, a country that he claims is generally less forgiving in such matters. "It's been taken in the right context everywhere in the world except Australia," he said.


Controversial Horror-Comedy Pic Banned In Melbourne, November 2, 2012

The festival’s director, Neil Foley, believes the decision by the Classification Board to be outrageous, especially given that the film – which chronicles a one-eyed vigilante who sets out to prevent the murderous rampage of a psychopath – is playing within a festival dedicated to twisted genre pics. "Yes Father’s Day is an edgy film," Foley acknowledges, "but it is an hilarious and over-the-top spoof that, despite its gore, is actually one of the sweetest films in the Monster Fest program!"

The Classification Board has not disclosed their reasons for the banning of the film, but Foley points to this as "yet another example of the draconian censorship in this country. Laws that restrict Australian adults from viewing legally produced materials."

Foley experienced a similar predicament earlier in the year when another film he was distributing via Monster Pictures, The Human Centipede 2: Full Circle, was also banned before finally being granted an R18+ rating and a whole swag of free publicity in the process.


A handy tip for festival organisers: get your films banned, November 5, 2012

"They’ve just given the Australian public an incentive to watch this film. It’s a lure for them now," Neil Foley, Festival Director and Monster Pictures Manager, told me. "For us as marketers it’s a hiccup in that it slows down our release strategy, but it also brings attention to the film…On the downside for us, people can now download the film for free and are much more inclined to do that."

Foley says last week’s decision by the ACB to ban Father’s Day took the company by surprise: "we absolutely did not see it coming." After all, the ACB did allow the award-winning film to screen in March this year at Sydney’s A Night of Horror International Film Festival despite now deeming that it offends "the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults."

"We are positioning ourselves as a genre film festival that shows films that push boundaries and challenge the status quo and the censors," says Foley.

"We look for films that are edgy and confronting. If audiences know we’ve had a film banned, it can’t really hurt our reputation."


Infamovies: Father’s Day (2011), November 11, 2012

...more to the point, there’s actually considerably more actively offensive stuff out there that’s been permitted. Off the top of my head, Nude Nuns With Big Guns is a similar sort of film that has nowhere near the comedy or sophistication of its execution as Father’s Day does, and is a decidedly nasty little shit of a movie. Father’s Day is certainly off the beaten track of movies, but for the most part, it’s a really light-hearted film, that definitely deserves an R18+ rating.

I can honestly not understand why this was banned, especially in comparison to some of the other things I’ve seen out there that have been permitted. It’s a crying shame, because this film was an absolutely fantastic watch. There’s a definite audience for it, and I doubt there’d be many out there who agree it’s extreme enough to warrant banning.



Censored 98m version banned

Monster Pictures decided not to appeal the decision, and instead submitted a censored print.

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...we still have it slated for late march, so long as it passes this time. We took 31 seconds of penis out
14 February 2013


Unfortunately, on February 22, the cut 98m version of FATHER'S DAY was also banned. The original uncut submission was listed as running 99m.

The reasons given were the same as in October 2012.

Refused Classification
Reason: Film 1(a) The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as films that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."



Second censored version rated R18+

On February 27, FATHER'S DAY was passed finally passed with an R18+ (High impact violence, blood and gore, themes and sex scenes) rating. This version was also reported as running 98m.

The extended classification information described,
High impact: themes, violence, sex
Moderate impact: language, drug use, nudity


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#FathersDay for #monsterfest perth screening given the all clear from the classification board!
27 February 2013

...latest edit. 98 mins long. about 40 seconds is gone
27 February 2013

...mostly shots of penis
27 February 2013


On March 2nd 2013, the censored version of FATHER'S DAY played at Perth's Monster Fest at the Luna Palace Leederville.



The Classification Board on FATHER'S DAY

Classification Board Annual Report 2012-2013
R18+ Films

Father’s Day is a Canadian black comedy which tells the story of Ahab, a man obsessed with exacting revenge on the man who brutally raped and murdered his father. The Classification Board originally classified this film RC Refused Classification on 31 October 2012 as it contains actual sexual violence and sexualised violence that exceeds a high impact, including depictions of rape, sexualised torture, sexual activity with body parts and cannibalism.

A modified version of the film was also classified RC by the Classification Board on 22 February 2013 as the version submitted for classification contained an explicit depiction of sexual violence in a scene of sexualised torture that exceeded a high impact.

On 27 February 2013 the Classification Board viewed a further modified version of the film, this time with all depictions of explicit sexual violence removed. The Classification Board classified this version of the film R 18+ with consumer advice of ‘high impact violence, blood and gore, themes and sex scenes’.



FATHER'S DAY (2011): List of cuts made to the Australian R18+ version

Comparison by Troy C.
Monster Pictures [au] Censored R18+ DVD 97:47 (NTSC)
Troma/Astron 6 Video [us] Blu-Ray 100:19 (NTSC)

According to IMDb
"The limited edition version TROMA released on Bluray/DVD in 2012 was not the final cut of the film. The version they released was 30 seconds longer, was missing a number of sound effects, missing some colour tweaks and missing a couple additional shots that were added to Walnut's death. The FINAL CUT of the film is 1 hour, 38 minutes and 32 seconds."

If the 98:32 running time is correct, then this confirms the 40s approx that Monster Pictures said they removed from the R18+ version. I have no idea why the Blu-Ray runs nearly two minutes longer.

I noticed twelve individual cuts in four separate scenes. Although I did not time them, I would say that a length of approximately 40 seconds seems about right.


Censored Scene #1: Flashback of Chris Fuchman forcing his penis into a man's mouth.
First cut at 13:43 in R18+ version.

Before: Father O'Flynn: "Many Fathers were killed at that time. Not one was safe from the beast"

Shot of the man eating a bread roll.

Cut #1 censored from R18+ version: Boy screams.

Father O'Flynn "and then one day…"

Close up shot of penis going into the man's mouth.

The man's son continues to scream.

After: Father O'Flynn: "…he found Ahab's Father"


Censored Scene #2: Chris Fuchman bites off Walnut's penis.
First cut at 31:17 in R18+ version.

Note, this scene contains footage such as Fuchman licking his lips, and a shot of Walnut's bloody face that only appears in the R18+ version.

Before: Chris Fuchman begins to unbutton Walnut's trousers.

Cut #2 censored from R18+ version: Fuchman exposes Walnut's penis.

After/Before Twink looks on in horror. Chris Fuchman looks up at him.

Cut #3 censored from R18+ version: The Fuchman bites Walnut's penis.

After/Before: Chelsea watches and holds her hand to her mouth.

Cut #4 censored from R18+ version: Side view of the Fuchman biting Walnut's penis, followed by a close up of him tearing it off.

After: Twink watches in horror.


Censored Scene #3: Chris Fuchman rapes a man.
First cut at 40:45 in R18+ version.

Before: Fuchman cuts off his victim's finger and it lands in the sink. Side view of the Fuchman raping his victim.

Cut #5 censored from R18+ version: Naked rear shot of Fuchman with his testicles visible as he rapes his victim.

After/Before: Close-up side view of the Fuchman.

Cut #6 censored from R18+ version: Close up of the victim's bloody buttocks and the Fuchman's erect penis.

After: The Fuchman holds up the victim's organs.


Censored Scene #4: Chris Fuchman mutilates his penis.
First cut at 53:29 in R18+ version.

Before: Fluid squirts from the end of a syringe. Close-up of the Fuchman's face as he breaths heavily. Out of focus shot of his penis as the syringe moves toward it.

Cut #7 censored from R18+ version: Close up of the Fuchman's penis as he injects it.

After/Before: Close-up of the Fuchman's face as he breaths heavily.

Cut #8 censored from R18+ version: Close up of the Fuchman's penis as he continues to inject it.

After/Before Shot of the Fuchman's face as he holds his head back and moans with pleasure.

Cut #9 censored from R18+ version: Close up of the Fuchman's penis with liquid squirting from the syringe wound.

After/Before: Shot of the Fuchman's face as he drops his head and groans, followed by a side view, as he stands naked. His penis is obscured by white light at the base of the screen.

Cut #10 censored from R18+ version: Fuchman's erect penis is briefly shown above the white light as he opens a flick knife.

After/Before: A more obscured shot of his penis is shown, with the open knife held above it. Close up of his face.

Cut #11 censored from R18+ version: The Fuchman slicing the tip of his penis with the knife.

After/Before Close up of the Fuchman panting with his tongue hanging out.

Cut #12 censored from R18+ version: More explicit shot of the penis being cut.

After Close up of the Fuchman panting and groaning.


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