The softcore and hardcore movies of John Hilbard that have been cut or banned in Australia.
Directed by John Hilbard / 1970 / Denmark / IMDb
In December 1971, a 7920-feet (88:00) print of BEDROOM MAZURKA was passed with the newly introduced R-rating.
This was followed in May 1972 by an ‘English dubbed version’ that ran the same length.
In both cases, Roadshow Distributors was the applicant.
Although it was not recorded as such, the film had been pre-cut before submission.
What was missing?
Shane Harrison reports.
Big Sky Video (au) – DVD – 88:04 (PAL) uncut
Includes 01:36 end credit fadeout music played against a black screen.
12:24 – 00:02 cut – Close up of a hard-core porn photo. This was replaced with a close up of a less explicit image.
Adult store visit
31:37 – 03:07 cut – The complete sequence where Max visits a sex shop was removed. Two topless shop assistants accompany him around the store, showing him various sex toys and pornography. Leather fetish items, rubber, bondage equipment, dildos, vibrators, strap-ons, penis pumps etc. are shown in close-up. The porn magazines have modesty covers on them, which means no hardcore is visible. In the Australian theatrical version, the film suddenly jumped from Max in a museum to him falling out of the door of the sex shop into the street.
A huge hit & influential down under
Shane Harrison reports.
As one of the first R-rated films, BEDROOM MAZURKA would prove to be an iconic success. At Melbourne’s Roma Cinema, starting on March 9th 1972, it would continue running for 91-weeks. This beat the previous record-holder, BENJAMIN, OR THE DIARY OF AN INNOCENT YOUNG MAN (1968) by 20 weeks.
The huge box-office inspired, in part, the creation of ALVIN PURPLE (1973). That film honoured its source with a view of the Roma screening BEDROOM MAZURKA. This can be found at 62:48 on Roadshow’s DVD of the ALVIN PURPLE: HEXAGON TRIBUTE COLLECTION. In a further link between the films, the Roadshow Home Video release of ALVIN PURPLE was advertised on the rear of their BEDROOM MAZURKA tape.
In June 1982, a 2413.00-meter (87:57) print was submitted. It was awarded an R-rating for sex, which was said to be:
…and also for ‘Nudity’.
Blake Films went on to re-issue the film theatrically.
Presumably, this was the uncut version.
In the early 1980s, BEDROOM MAZURKA was released on tape by Roadshow Home Video.
The cover announced that it was ‘Now fully uncut’.
Blake Films had an 88-minute video classified in February 1984. The R-rating was awarded for the same reasons as their June 1982 submission.
February 1984 also saw Pakenham Video Library receive an R-rating for a 92-minute tape. This would appear to be the uncut version.
In October 2013, Big Sky Video issued BEDROOM MAZURKA on DVD with a cover that stated it was uncut.
As it was not been resubmitted for classification, it still carried the previous R-rating. This explains the lack of consumer advice on the cover.
Directed by John Hilbard / 1971 / Denmark / IMDb
In September 1972, a 2760.41-meters (100:37) print of BEDSIDE DENTIST was banned because of ‘indecency’.
A censored 2687.19-meter (97:57) version was passed with an R-rating in October 1972.
U.I.P released it theatrically. The advertising material lists it as being distributed by Cinema International Corporation.
In August 1982, Blake Films had a 1077.00-meter (98:08) 16mm print of BEDSIDE DENTIST passed with an R-rating.
It was awarded for sex, which was described as being:
The running time appears to indicate that is was already censored.
BEDROOM MAZURKA (1970) received a theatrical rerelease at this time, so presumably, that was the purpose of this submission.
In February 1984, a 100-minute tape was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for the same reasons as the August 1982 submission.
In early 1982, Roadshow Home Video released a tape titled SNEAK PREVIEWS FROM OUR CATALOGUE, which included BEDSIDE DENTIST.
It is unclear if the complete film was released.
Come to My Bedside
Directed by John Hilbard / 1975 / Denmark / IMDb
In August 1975, a 2765.00-meter (100:47) print of COME TO MY BEDSIDE was refused because of ‘indecency’.
The same month saw the decision confirmed by the Films Board of Review.
A ‘reconstructed version’ running 2385.00-meter (86:56) print was passed with an R-rating in December 1975.
Consolidated Exhibitors were the applicant.
In 1982, Roadshow Home Video released a tape titled SNEAK PREVIEWS FROM OUR CATALOGUE, which included COME TO MY BEDSIDE.
It is unclear if the complete film was issued.
An 86-minute tape of was passed with an R-rating in February 1985. It was awarded for sex was described as being:
Blake Films were the applicant.
The tape was released on the Rodox Video label and distributed by Caballero Home Video.
Directed by John Hilbard / 1976 / Denmark / IMDb
In December 1981, a 2486.00-meter (90:37) print of DANISH SAILORS was censored by 15.50-meters (00:34) for an R-rating.
The cuts were made to remove sex, which was found to be:
In the censored R-rated version, it was reduced to:
Blake Films was the applicant.
Banned in Queensland
On 13 March 1982, the censored R-rated version of DANISH SAILORS was prohibited by the Queensland Films Board of Review.
The distributor was Blake Films.
In 1982, Roadshow Home Video released a tape titled SNEAK PREVIEWS FROM OUR CATALOGUE, which included DANISH SAILORS. It is unknown if the complete film was released.
A 91-minute tape of was passed with an R-rating in February 1985. The sex was described as being the same level as the December 1981 classification. This may indicate it was censored.
It was released on the Rodox Video label and distributed by Caballero Home Video.