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 Update: Outlast Outlawed...

Australian censors ban Outlast 2 video game but then pass a cut version with an R18+ rating which will be distributed worldwide


Link Here 26th March 2017  full story: Banned Games in Australia...Adult games ban
Outlast Trinity Outlast 2 is a first person survival horror shooter from Warner Brothers. It is PEGI 18 rated in Europe and and M rated in the US.

Kotaku Australia has learned that Outlast 2 has been banned in Australia, predominately for the depiction of implied sexual violence.

Australia's Censorship Board provided a detailed explanation of the reasons to Kotaku. The censors identified multiple scenes where sexual violence is implied in hallucinatory scenes involving the main character, Blake.

One particular scene shows a female creature thrusting against the main character while his wife is tied up in chains. The censors explained:

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In one cut-scene in the game ... a female creature prepares Blake for a ritual. She says, I want to see your true face. Your seed will burn this world. Shortly afterwards, he objects to having psycho-active dust blown into his face, yelling, Nope! Nope! before he stumbles into a forest clearing.

His vision blurring, he witnesses what appears to a ritualistic orgy. His wife, Lynn, calls out for his help, saying, It hurts! Oh god!, as she hangs from chains on a raised platform at the front of the clearing. Humanoid creatures, their skin grey, spattered with blood and scarred, implicity have sex as others pray, or chant, or gesticulate.

One creature has another bent over a rock, thrusting as they implicitly have rear-entry sex, another sits astride the pelvic region of a creature prone on the ground, moving their hips rhythmically as they too implicitly have sex. Two other pairs of creatures in the clearing are also implicitly having sex.

As Blake yells for the creatures to Get away from her! a female creature, her greyish breasts bared, pushes him onto his back, holds his arms to the ground and repeatedly thrusts her crotch against him. As Blake protests, saying No! Stop that! the creature thrusts again, before placing its face over his midsection and then sitting up and wiping its mouth.

Although much of the contact between the creature and Blake is obscurred, by it taking place below screen, the sexualised surroundings and aggressive behaviour of the creature suggest that it is an assault which is sexual in nature. The Board is of the opinion that this, combined with Blake's objections and distress, constitutes a depiction of implied sexual violence.

In the Board's opinion, the above example constitutes a depiction of implied sexual violence and therefore cannot be accommodated within the R18+ classification category and the game is therefore Refused Classification.

The Board's report also notes that the game could be passed R18+ should the offending scene be cut.

Update: Australian worldwide censors

25th March 2017 See  article from pastemagazine.com . See also listing from classification.gov.au

R18+The Australian Censorship Board has now passed a cut of Outlast 2 with the adults only rating R18+ for high impact horror themes, violence, blood, gore and sex.

The board told IGN it is satisfied that that the original version of the game that was refused classification has been modified to allow the game to be classified R18+, implying that the game's previously objectionable sexually violent content has been edited.

Developer Red Barrels then issued a statement saying that they have adopted this cut version for worldwide distribution:

Outlast 2 has been rated R18+ by the Classification Branch in Australia and will be released 26th April 2017. There will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide.

 

  Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Latest classification decisions


Link Here 26th March 2017
filmFilm Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 10 March 2017

Letters From Baghdad

  letters from baghdad

BBFC uncut
uncut
PG 95:13s Letters From Baghdad is a 2016 USA / UK / France documentary by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum.
Starring Ammar Haj Ahmad, Adam Astill and Tom Chadbon. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed PG uncut for brief images of dead bodies, suicide references for:

  • 2017 cinema release
Summary Notes

Gertrude Lowthian Bell, sometimes called the "female" Lawrence of Arabia was a British adventurer, archaeologist and political powerhouse, who helped shape the modern Middle East after World War I. Voiced and executive produced by Tilda Swinton, the film chronicles Bell's journey into the uncharted Arabian desert and all-male halls of colonial power with never-seen-before archival footage of the region shot a century ago. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current.

filmCommunity Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 10 March 2017

Dushman

BBFC uncut
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15 142:35s Dushman is a 2017 drama by Shagufta Rafique.
Starring Savita Bhatti, Kartar Cheema and Gulshan Grover. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, drug misuse for:

  • 2017 cinema release

Sztuka Kochania

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 120:33s Sztuka Kochania is a 2017 drama by Maria Sadowska.
Starring Karolina Gruszka, Piotr Adamczyk and Danuta Stenka. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sex, nudity, sex references, language for:

  • 2017 cinema release
TV CensorshipTV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 10 March 2017

Life in Pieces

BBFC uncut
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12 20:37s
21:01s
21:04s
21:23s
Life in Pieces is a comedy by Alisa Statman.
Starring Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt and Thomas Sadoski. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episode 13, Necklace Rescue Chef Negotiator Passed 12 for moderate sex references
  • Season 2, Episode 14, Facebook Fish Planner Backstage Passed 12 for infrequent moderate sex references
  • Season 2, Episode 15, Awkward Bra Automated Ordained Passed 12 for moderate sex references
  • Season 2, Episode 16, Dirtbike Old Mechanic Earthquake Passed 12 for moderate sex references

Top Gear

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 60:49s
25:46s
Top Gear is a reality documentary
Starring Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 24, Episode 1 Passed 12 for bleeped strong language
  • Season 24, Episode 1 Passed 12 for infrequent disguised strong language
PreviewComing Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 10 March 2017

 

      Trailers:
  • Bolshoi Ballet: a Hero of Our Time
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Rough Night
  • Upside Down
  • Wonder Woman

Roots: a History Revealed

      Additional Material:
  • Roots: a History Revealed [Additional Material]

 

 Shopping: Death Walks At Midnight...

1972 Italy / Spain mystery thriller by Luciano Ercoli just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray in 2 versions


Link Here 26th March 2017
Death Walks At Midnight Blu-ray Death Walks At Midnight is a 1972 Italy / Spain mystery thriller by Luciano Ercoli.
Starring Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu and Pietro Martellanza. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 2017 Arrow [original + TV Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th March 2017
  • 2017 Arrow [original + TV Version] R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th March 2017
Versions
Uncut and 15 rated in the UK for 2003 and 2016 DVD. The Extended TV Version is also rated 15 uncut.

Promotional Material

The second film in Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks series (and his third directorial effort to feature his wife Nieves Navarro, aka Susan Scott), Death Walks at Midnight is arguably the director s masterpiece aided in no small part by the screenwriting talents of giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi (Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Torso).

Navarro stars as Valentina a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when the authorities refuse to believe that a crime has been committed, Valentina is forced to assume the role of amateur sleuth in order to unravel the mystery.

Although Ercoli only made a small number of giallo films during his time as director, Death Walks at Midnight (with its ultra-stylized set-pieces and grisly murder sequences) would serve to forever cement his reputation within the genre.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Extended TV version of the feature
  • Crime Does Pay screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing business, including a look at Death Walks at Midnight
  • Desperately Seeking Susan visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  •  

      Moralist Preacher...

    Lebanese film censor bans the Egyptian film Mawlana


    Link Here 26th March 2017
    Poster Mawlana 2016 Magdy Ahmed Aly Mawlana is a 2016 Egypt mystery drama by Magdy Ahmed Aly.
    Starring Amr Saad, Dorra Zarrouk and Ahmed Magdy. IMDb

    A seemingly traditional journey of a young sheikh in a governmental mosque who moves from leading prayers to becoming a TV celebrity issuing "fatwas" that are accepted by millions who have become fans of his as a result of his courage and his attempts to deviate from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism. The TV spotlight only shows his eloquent yet sarcastic answers he gives to the callers in a preset scenario, while in the dark and cloudy space around him, bloody struggles for power are raging, struggles he had always tried to avoid.

    The organizers of Beirut Cinema Days are inviting everyone to join them in speaking up against censorship in Lebanon. They have organised a protest and discussion panel saying:

    We the organizers of Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya refuse to accept the censorship of creative art in all its forms and invite you to join us in protest.

    During the 9th edition of Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya the censor was stricter than in any previous year and did not grant screening permissions for two films Beit El Baher (The Beach House) and Mawlana (The Preacher).

    In the statement the organizers also note that the censor asked many other filmmakers participating in the festival to edit out parts of their films.

    The Egyptian political thriller Mawlana revolves around a Sheikh who becomes a TV celebrity issuing fatwas to TV audiences across Egypt. The film highlights the issue of close ties between the state and religious institutions. Mawlana is directed by Magdy Ahmed Ali and based on journalist Ibrahim Eissa's novel of the same name.

    Upon its release in Egypt, the film sparked controversy but was given a release permit and went on to become a box office hit. In Lebanon, however, the general security censorship board banned the film after it caused a stir among religious authorities in the country. They refused to permit its screening at Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya.

    Beit El Baher by Roy Dib revolves around Rayya and a group of her friends who reunite for the first time in years at her beach house in the South of Lebanon. Over a casual dinner the characters feast on the building blocks of their personal and communal identities, and recount stories of their past.

    In a statement posted on the film's Facebook page, Dib says there wasn't a specific scene or phrase in the film that the censor board had a problem with, they simply notified us that the entire film annoyed them. Even though the film hasn't received an official ban, it wasn't given a screening permit in time for the festival.

    In recent months, films including Mounia Akl's short Submarine and Karl Haddad's My name Is have been banned.

     

      Elephants and Rooms...

    Germany's press regulator modifies censorship rules about reporting people's religion or ethnicity


    Link Here 26th March 2017

    presserat logoGermany's media regulator has revised its code on reporting whether crime suspects belong to an ethnic or religious group.

    The German Press Council, a voluntary, industry-run body, says information about a person's ethnicity shouldn't be published unless there is a justified public interest in doing so. Previous guidance said such details should only be published if there was a link between a person's ethnicity or religion and the crime.

    Numerous German media outlets complained that the old code was hard to interpret during a breaking news situation and that withholding such information left readers searching for it on questionable social media sites and stirred conspiracy theories of media cover-ups of migrant crimes.

     

      The Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration...

    A brief guide to The Hong Kong film classification system


    Link Here 26th March 2017
    hong kong+film censorsEnoch Tam Yee-lok, a programme director at the Hong Kong Baptist University's Academy of Film, said Hong Kong's classification standards had not witnessed any major amendments since 1999, although it was more lenient than in the past. Ho noted:

    In the past, a Cantonese version of the 'F' word would force a film to be classified as category III. But now very often we can see films with a few Cantonese 'F' words that are put in the IIB category. I think this is happening due to the tolerance of society towards the use of foul language. Personally, I prefer to leave the classifications as simple as possible and I think the current system is good enough.

    Currently, films in Hong Kong are classified in four categories by the Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration:

    • I. Suitable for all ages.
    • IIA. Not suitable for young persons and children.
    • IIB. Not suitable for children.
    • III. Persons aged 18 or above only.

    For the first three categories, the classification is advisory, while the final one is legally enforceable.

    The Film Censorship Authority has to approve all productions for broadcast. The Board of Review, which oversees film classifications, has 10 members, plus an additional nine who are not public officers. It consults with 300 volunteers from all walks of life on a fortnightly basis, in an attempt to ensure films are being classified appropriately. Early films made and broadcast in Hong Kong were not originally subjected to classifications, but were generally fairly restrictive in their content as a result.

    Film classifications were first introduced in the Movie Screening Ordinance Cap.392 on November 10, 1988, and were last amended in 1995.

    Classification Guidelines

    Classification standards: In classifying a film, the Film Censorship Authority has to consider whether it portrays, depicts or treats cruelty, torture, violence, crime, horror, disability, sexuality or indecent or offensive language or behaviour.

    Category I

    • Category I films are suitable for people of all ages. Children may view films in this category without supervision, as no distress or harm is likely to be caused.
    • Films should not contain undesirable language expressions, nudity, sex or horror.
    • Violence should be kept minimal and that it would not frighten, unnerve, unsettle or cause pain to children.

    Examples: Finding Dory (2016), Toy Story (1995), The Lion King (1994)

    Category IIa

    • Category IIa films are not suitable for children either in terms of its content, or its treatment or both.
    • There may be a mild dose of bad language, nudity, sex, violence or horror.

    Parental guidance is advised.

    Examples: Doctor Strange (2016), The Pianist (2002), Transformers (2007)

    Category IIb

    • Category IIb films are not suitable for young persons and children. Viewers should expect the elements relating to bad language, nudity, sex, violence or horror in the films to be more intense than that of
    • Parental guidance is strongly advised.
    • The film may contain some crude expressions and sexual expletives.
    • Implied sexual activity and discreet nudity scenes may be shown.
    • There may be a moderate degree of violence and horror.

    Examples: Red Dragon (2002), Road to Perdition (2002)

    Category III

    • Category III films should only be seen by adults. It is an offence to admit persons under the age of 18 to see the film.

    Examples: The Untold Story (1993), Happy Together (1997), The Gigolo (2015)