A 94m videotape of WEB OF SEDUCTION was banned by the OFLC in May 2000.
21st Century Pictures censored it down to 88:52 and were awarded an R18+ (Medium level sex scenes) rating in July 2000. The cover of the video incorrectly claims the rating to be R18+ (High level sex scenes).
Thanks to Matt for this review.
It looks like the version of WEB OF SEDUCTION that the OFLC banned was the 93:49 (NTSC) unrated US tape. I compared this with the 88:52 21st Century Pictures VHS, and found the following differences. I suspect that the R-rated Australian VHS is the same as the US R-rated version. Times refer to the US unrated version.
00:00 to 06:00 - The opening credits show Jenni stripping for Damon. The Aus version removes the shot of her removing her underwear. In the unrated version, we can see her vagina. The scene continues until they have sex. In the Aus version, Jenni teases Damon for what seems like an eternity. In the unrated version, they get down to business much quicker. Both scenes end at the same time, which seems to indicate that the Aus tape is also NTSC. The extended bra removal scene in the Aus tape also shows that it contains footage not found in the unrated tape.
10:00 to 13:00 - The redhead is shown stripping by the spa. She removes her bra, and then the Aus version cuts. The unrated version shows her removing her underwear and masturbating. The Aus version continues in a much softer way.
14:50 to 17:30 - The girl is shown by the pool. She then goes for a swim, removes her underwear, and masturbates as the pool cleaner guy looks on. This scene is not included in the Aus tape at all, even though it is no more graphic than what has gone before.
It was there that I gave up, and stopped comparing. I think that I can safely say that all of the remaining sex scenes are cut in the Aus tape, and that both versions probably have footage that is exclusive to both. The sex in the unrated version is explicit, but remains soft-core. Therefore, it is strange that the OFLC banned the film at all. Even if they could not award it an R18+, then it should have fitted an X18+.
WEB OF SEDUCTION premiered on Foxtel's Showtime channel in January 2005. The print ran, around two minutes shorter than the 21st Century Pictures VHS.
In January 1978, a 2112.00-meter (77:12) print of LEGEND OF THE WOLF WOMAN had 14.3-meters (00:31) removed because of 'excessive violence'.
It appears that Blake Films sourced their print from the US, as a 77m version was released there under the same title. it was reportedly missing some of the gore, and most of the sex. This explains why 'excessive violence' was the only problem that our censors had with the film.
During the early 80s, there was no law that compelled distributors to have video tapes classified. For a period, the Censorship Board simply viewed the tapes and passed them as 'Special Condition', the definition of which was:
That the film/tape will not be exhibited in any State in contravention of that State's law relating to the exhibition of films.
In November 1983, an 88m Cinehollywood release of WEREWOLF WOMAN was passed with such a warning. The film was released by that label in the UK, Greece, and Italy (as LA LUPA MANNARA). It appears that this was an import from one of these countries. Thanks to Steve for the cover scan.
In 1994, Force Video had an 88m videotape of WEREWOLF WOMAN Refused Classification by the OFLC.
Thanks to Matt for identifying the reason for the RC-rating.
I viewed the US Shriek Show DVD, which contains the 99:22 European print. The scene where Daniela is gang raped by three thugs runs from 80 to 81m. It is a short, but quite brutal attack, which would definitely have been the reason for the 1994 OFLC ban. All of the other scenes of sex and violence should have been okay with an R-rating.
During the mid-90s, a local video distributor began importing UK prints of films, packaging them as adult titles, and releasing them with fake R-ratings. These were put out on labels such as Blue Climax, Private and Colour Climax (see also CONFESSIONS OF A BLUE MOVIE STAR). All were very tame affairs; cut by the British censors, with some still having BBFC 18-ratings before the movie.
THE NAKED WEREWOLF WOMAN was released on a label called Blue Climax. The version ran, 88:48, and was preceded by a British 18-rating symbol. The cover incorrectly claimed the tape was rated R18+ (Completely concerned with sex). This censored version (missing the gang rape scene) would have definitely passed with an R18+ rating had it been submitted to the OFLC.
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In the early 80s, Starbase Video released a 75:22 version of WHAM BAM THANK YOU SPACEMAN on tape.
In May 1994, Showtime Video had a 90m video passed with an X-rating. The
reason given for the decision was sex, which was described as:
There is no evidence to suggest this was ever released. If you know otherwise then please get in touch.
In March 1985, the Victorian Police submitted an 87m videotape. It was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.
In February 1986, the Victorian Police submitted a 90m videotape of WHAM BAM THANK YOU SPACEMAN. Again, it was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.
In August 1986 the NSW Police, and in September 1986 the Victorian Police both had videotapes banned by the Australian censors. Again, the reason was for 'gratuitous sexual violence'. In both cases, the running time had shrunk to 80m.
WHAM BAM THANK YOU SPACEMAN was passed with an R18+ (High level sex scenes, Coarse language) rating in October 2007. We have yet to see evidence that MRA Entertainment released the DVD before they went out of business.
In June 1996, a 96-minute VHS of WHERE TRUTH LIES was banned by the OFLC because of sexual violence. Network Entertainment was the applicant.
Thanks to Matt for this review.
It is very easy to spot the scenes that caused WHERE TRUTH LIES to be banned in Australia.
77:00 to 78:00 – Joe starts to kiss Wendy, She pushes him back and says ‘No’. He puts his hands around her neck, and strangles her to death as he rapes her.
86:00 to 87:10 – Joe punches Teresa to the ground, rapes her, and snaps her neck. The scene is mixed in with flashbacks to the previous rape of Wendy.
The 96-minute version that the censors banned was presumably an NTSC print as the version I viewed looked uncut and ran 93:07 (PAL)
In April 1978, a 2084.68-meter (76:12) print of WHILE THE CAT’S AWAY was censored by 45.20-meters (01:39) for an R-rating. Roadshow Distributors made the cuts to remove ‘indecency’.
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WHORE was due to be shown at the 8th Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2007.
Melbourne Underground Film Festival 8
Local & International Short films curated by Jason Turley
7pm Wed 26 Sept LOOP
Dir: Isabelle McEwen/2006/Germany/4 mins/Experimental
A whore guides us through a vision of hell.
The screening was scrapped after the OFLC's Amy Wooding refused to grant film festival exemptions to it, and six other features. This was not the first time that MUFF had run into problems with the censors. In 2004, the OFLC demanded that THE TOOLBOX MURDERS (1978), WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED, GUINEA PIG: DEVILS EXPERIMENT and GUINEA PIG: FLOWERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD be pulled from the festival.
The Melbourne Underground Film Festival issued the following press release on September 20, 2007.
MUFF 8 films banned!
September 20th 2007
The Following films have been banned from the OFLC:
Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten (aka The Schoolgirl Report)
The Farmer's Daughter
Ashley & Kisha: Finding the Right Fit
60 Second Relief
We will replacing them with other films from the MUFF program.
This Sunday 70k will be replaced with a second screening of Streetsweeper… a good MUFF Neu that we can play. Whore and 60 Second Relief are withdrawn and nothing will fill their place. The Other films will be replaced. More details on Monday.
Will the media even cover this? Do people care about censorship in this country?
Letter to OFLC
Here is a copy of a letter sent to our OFLC contact Amy Wooding. Any response we will share with our MUFF audience:
Hi Amy, I thought I'd write to you about this year's decision.
So the films I cannot play at MUFF 8 are the following:
70k, Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten (aka The Schoolgirl Report), Sex Wish, The Farmer's Daughter, Ashley & Kisha: Finding the Right Fit, Whore and 60 Second Relief
Is this correct?
I will comply and withdraw them from screenings and replace them with films you have granted permission for me to play (like Moonlight and Magic, Left Ear, etc).
A few small questions, you might be able to answer or maybe the OFLC director can answer them (If you have his email I'll cc this to him):
Why is pornography of the most gross and offensive nature (like shitting and pissing films) available for sale in most Adult bookshops in Victoria?
Also: Are not X rated films only supposed to be available in Canberra but for sale in 90% of Adult shops in Vic and NSW and in other states?
Why is MUFF referred to the justice department for wishing to screen a couple of classy or forgotten pieces of erotica with artistic merit to an audience over 18 (who are keen to see them) and nothing done about the illegal X rated sale of videos and DVD's in sex shops that is rampant?
Is there not a hint of corruption or hypocrisy and definitely absurdity here?
Why are X rated films banned at all! It begs the question given the ready availability of it in on the Internet? Available on any PC, anywhere.
A MUFF screening is a minor problem compared to the flaunting of your rules every day of every year by the Adult Sex Industry.
Why are films like Shortbus and 9 Songs passed though they clearly contravene some of your guidelines?
Why is MIFF allowed to play a film like Exterminating Angles in a section that focussed on perversity and erotica though that too contravenes your guideline? And we cannot do it? We will comply with your absurd ruling out of fear of prosecution to our small festival but register our complaint also that this is neither fair or just. We believe strongly it represents a violation of the basic human rights of Australian citizens to freedom of speech, assembly and expression.
Enabling a festival like MUFF or MIFF to play whatever they choose from the classy end of the sex industry will lift both festivals standing in the International community and not reveal a backward 1950's attitude to sex and censorship in Australia. Your own guidelines date from over 50 years ago. Surely a review is in order?
I am cc-ing this email to the MIFF Festival Director Richard Moore for his interest. His comments and feelings on the matter I would be interested to hear.
Any answers to these questions or our complaint will be greatly appreciated from the OFLC.
This letter is not written in disrespect but in a wish for better clarification of the important issues it contains.
Best Regards Richard Wolstencroft
PS. Why is 70k banned it has no sex or violence at all does it?
MUFF opens tonight at Toff in Town come down and support a festival that believes in fighting censorship!
In 1995, Columbia Tri-star Hoyts Home Video had an 81m (PAL) videotape of WHORE 2 banned by the OFLC.
Thanks to Simon for this review and screen caps of WHORE 2.
Vidmark Entertainment (us) VHS - 84:02 (NTSC)
One scene would have caused the OFLC ban of WHORE 2. Earlier in the film, Lori has stolen money from a client called Bob. Later, she and Mary Lou are picked up by two men called Tony and Nicko, who take them back to a warehouse for sex. When they arrive, Bob is present, and despite being nervous, Lori starts giving one of the men a blowjob.
The RC-scene begins at 68:10 and runs until 69:26. Suddenly, Bob gets behind Mary Lou and lowers his trousers. He then pulls out a gun, and points it at her head. Lori looks on in terror. He puts a cushion over Mary Lou’s head, and shoots. Lori manages to break free, but is wrestled to the ground by the men. One gets between her legs and lowers his trousers. Neither of the women is shown being raped, but I believe that the OFLC would have still considered this scene to be sexual violence.
The film itself is not bad. It mixes the fiction of an author writing a book about prostitution, with interviews with real life streetwalkers. These are the most interesting parts of the film, and reveal their motivations for working as prostitutes.
WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED was due to screen on July 17th, 2004 at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. It is rumoured that the OFLC became aware of this and contacted the organisers who pulled it, and three other features from the program.
The Melbourne Underground Film Festival issued the following press
release on July 12th 2004.
STOP THE PRESS - MUFF films banned!!!!
The following films have been banned from MUFF by the O.F.L.C:
The following description of the film was taken from the MUFF website.
IKENIE FUJIN (a.k.a. WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED)
JAPAN | 1974 | 71 min
Gorgeous “pink” actress Naomi Tani stars as a woman who nurtures her ex-husband’s deluded fantasies in this arty, deliberately-paced Nikkatsu shocker from Masaru Konuma, a talented practitioner of the “Erotic Eastern” whose best work was done throughout the seventies and into the early eighties. Not big on plot, but heavily focused on the shifting power structures of dysfunctional relationships. As was the case with many Nikkatsu productions, this is impeccably shot and scored and has no equivalent outside Japan.
Saturday July 17th 7pm | Gertrudes
Thanks to Simon for this review.
WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED is a simple tale of an escaped prisoner who kidnaps his ex-wife and holds her captive in a remote cabin. Here he ties her up, and uses her for his pleasure. Later he finds a couple who have made a failed suicide attempt. They too are taken back to the cabin, held captive, and abused.
I would have had it down as an R18+, but some of the fetish scenes were obviously too much for the OFLC. Early in the film, Akiko defecates as Kunisada watches. Nothing is explicit really shown during this scene. Akiko goes on to be raped by two hunters, and Kunisada puts a candle put in her vagina, and drips hot wax on her body. Later, he performs an enema on Kaoru, and Akiko collects the results in a bag.
The film looks great, and is much more than just porn. The sex is purely softcore, and this being a Japanese film, no pubic hair is shown. It makes me wonder if the OFLC just read the synopsis before refusing to give MUFF permission to screen it. The US disc from Image is uncut and runs 70:38.
In June 1972, a 7631-feet (84:47) print of THE WILD DAMNED NATURE was passed with an R-rating after being censored by 65-feet (00:43). The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.
Lyra Films were the applicant.
In June 1973, a 2749.00-meter (100:12) print of WILD, FREE AND HUNGRY was banned because of 'indecency'. A censored 2468.00-meter (89:57) print passed with an R-rating in March 1976.
In both cases, Regent Trading Enterprises was the applicant.
In March 1975, a 2621.00-meter (95:32) print of WILD HONEY was censored by 206.80-meters (07:32) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.
Filmways Australasia was the applicant.
The censored version of WILD HONEY was banned by the Queensland Films Board of Review on 4th July 1975.
In September 1972, a 2555.14-meter (93:08) print of DIE JUNGFRAU VON 18 KARAT was banned because of 'indecency'.
It was resubmitted by Consolidated Exhibitors in March 1973 under the title UDEN EN TRAEVL. This longer 2934.00-meter (106:57) print was also banned because of 'indecency'. An appeal to the Films Board of Review failed in April 1973.
In August 1974, a 2501.50-meter (91:11) 'reconstructed version' of DIE JUNGFRAU VON 18 KARAT was passed with an R-rating. Lyra Films re-submitted it under the title ANATOMY OF A VIRGIN.
This may not be the same film as WITHOUT A STITCH. It is odd to see the same title submitted by different distributors within such a short space of time. However, even though the running times are very different, the Censorship Board claims they are identical, and both share John Hilbard as Producer.
In November 1982, a 2534:00-meter (92:37) 35mm print of THE WOMEN OF
INFERNO ISLAND was Refused Registration. It was banned because of sex, which
was described as being:
In March 1983, Filmways censored the film down to 2139:54-meters (78:12),
and were given an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was now described
This print, censored of fourteen minutes, went on to be released theatrically.
Thanks to Matt for this review.
The film is known as CAGED WOMEN on the Swiss DVD, and runs 88:21 (PAL). It is more commonly known as ISLAND WOMEN.
The CAGED WOMEN title should not confuse it with Jess Franco’s 1975 WIP film of the same name. This incidentally, was also banned in Australia. The film actually shares a few links to that earlier work, in the involvement of Erwin C. Dietrich and Eric Falk playing a prison guard.
It is easy to see why the censor banned it in 1982, but less clear is why it lost fourteen minutes for an R-rating. As can be expected of a woman in prison film, it is full of sex and nudity, but contains far less violence than similar works. Although the sex is not hardcore, it definitely goes beyond softcore when it shows numerous close-up shots of vaginas and female masturbation.
There are many sex scenes, but these are the most explicit shots that would have no doubt been snipped by the censor.
06:00 - Carla lies naked with her legs open and masturbates in front of Marco.
12:30 - A man runs his hand over Lisa’s vagina.
17:30 to 17:45 – Four soldiers hold a naked girl by her arms and legs, while another (fully clothed) soldier rapes her. This is the only real example of sexual violence in the film. In all the other scenes, the girls are portrayed as enjoying the sex.
26:51 to 26:55 - The Doctor puts his finger in the prisoner’s vagina. This is probably the most explicit shot in the movie.
38:45 – Close up of the guard masturbating the prisoner.
In July 1974, a 2202.20-meter (80:29) print of WORLD SEX REPORT was passed with an R-rating. The censor noted it as being a ‘reconstructed version’. This indicates that it was cut by an unknown amount prior to submission.
MGM and BEF Film Distributors released it theatrically.
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In 1972, W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM played at both the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.
Roadshow Distributors submitted a 2313.43-meter (84:19) print to the Censorship Board in February 1973. An R-rating was awarded only after 36.27-meters (01:19) of cuts for 'indecency' were made.
A censored W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM screened on SBS in 1993. This version had previously been shown in 1991 on the UK’s Channel 4.
The IMDb states that this print:
…used psychedelic computer generated masking techniques to hide some of the more explicit details, including genuine sex during the opening Soviet sex education film, the images on the wall paintings showing people masturbating, and all shots of Jim Buckley's penis as a plaster cast is made of it (which was obscured by digitally animated stars).