Unconfirmed Censorship

The titles covered on this page are a selection of movies that may have been censored for distribution in Australia.

Please e-mail us if you have any further information about any of these cases.

Because of the Cats

Directed by Fons Rademakers /1973 / Netherlands – Belgium / IMDb

In September 1977, a 2579.00 meter (94:00) print of BECAUSE OF THE CATS received an R-rating.

Because of the Cats (1973) - Australian daybill movie poster 1
Daybill via moviemem

The applicant, Filmways Australasian Distributors, released it theatrically.

Because of the Cats (1973) - Press sheet 1
Press sheet via moviemem

Is the VHS uncut?

In April 1984, Video Classics had a 92-minute tape passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for violence and sex, which were described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Because of the Cats (1973) - VHS videotape 1
VHS – Video Classics

The cover title is THE RAPE BECAUSE OF THE CATS. The exact running time needs to be confirmed.

Did Filmways censor it?

Matt reports.
One 7 Movies (us) – 2014 DVD as BRUTALIZATION – 97:48 (NTSC)

This title is infamous for the rape of Mrs Maris (Delia Lindsay) as her husband (Roger Hammond) is forced to look on. Starting at 5:13, the point the gang grabs her, the scene runs over 4-minutes.

Interestingly, the Filmways print is 3:48 shorter than the uncut DVD. If this scene went unmentioned in the Film Censorship Board’s report, it would confirm modifications before submission. The Video Classics tape would not necessarily be the same print.

The same scene was the cause of cuts to the 1974 US R-rated, 1975 BBFC X-rated and 1980 New Zealand R18 releases. The latter had a reported running time of 95:00.