Documentaries

Documentaries, cut and banned before the November 1971 liberalisation of the Australian censorship system.


A Married Couple

Directed by Allan King / 1969 / Canada / IMDb

June 1970 / Rated: Banned / Length: 8965 feet / Time: 99:37 / Reason: indecent language


Wind from the East

Directed by Groupe Dziga Vertov / 1970 / Italy – France – West Germany / IMDb

In this interview with Antony I. Ginnane, he reveals censorship of the subtitles for the Australian theatrical version of WIND FROM THE EAST.

There is no record of this title in the Film Censorship Bulletin, so cuts may have been made by the distributor and not the Board.

January 1974
In 1971 Ginnane and [Brian Davies of the Grand Cinema] Davis established a distribution company called Studio Films and purchased Godard’s WIND FROM THE EAST at a cost of $2,600. Through the distribution of this film they discovered the potential for making marginal profits from off-beat, limited audience films that major distributors and exhibitors would not handle.

CP – Do your exploitation films have censorship difficulties?

AIG – We have had very few problems. WIND FROM THE EAST is our only film that has been cut to date — the words ‘full of shit up to your eyeballs’ and ‘cocksuckers’ were deleted as subtitles. However that was before the ‘R’ certificate [November 15, 1971].

– Antony I. Ginnane interview
– Cinema Papers No. 1

Saturday Morning

Directed by Kent MacKenzie / 1971 / USA / IMDb

May 1971 / Rated: Banned / Length: 7973 feet / Time: 88:35 / Reason: indecent language

Post-November 1971 rating

Resubmitted by Columbia Pictures and passed with an R-rating in January 1972. The print ran 7973-feet (88:35), the same length as the version that was previously banned.


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