matter how band British censorship seems to be - and
it is awful - there are nations that make
the UK look sensible and liberal. Australia, for one,
Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has
just been banned.
those of you who have followed this story might be
confused - after all, didn't the film's defenders
point out that it had been passed uncut in Australia
while the BBFC were
trying to prevent the UK release? Well, yes it
had. But the Australian state censorship system -
which also encompasses video games, books and magazines
- allows for appeals against decisions, not just by
distributors, but by anyone - a system some politicians
have tried to introduce in Britain, for obvious reasons,
as it gives any crank or pressure group a chance to
try to roll back the censorship standards to the 1950s.
It's also a good way for moralising politicians to
flex their muscles and in Australia, that's exactly
what is happening.
film was passed uncut by the Australian Classification
Board in May, but NSW Attorney General Greg Smith
requested that the Classification Review Board look
again at the film, a request supported by Minister
for Justice Brendan O’Connor. A similar thing
happened with A
Serbian Film, originally passed with
cuts but then banned outright back in July. No surprise
that under such political pressure, the CRB folded.
In a press release they state that a three member
panel decided that “The Human Centipede
II (full sequence) could not be accommodated within
the R 18+ classification as the level of depictions
of violence in the film has an impact which is very
high. In addition, the film must be refused classification
because it contains gratuitous, exploitative or offensive
depictions of violence with a very high degree of
impact and cruelty which has a high impact.”
film has just completed an Australian tour, but now
won't be able to play further dates or appear on DVD.
Meanwhile, the Australian Classification Board are
once again made to look like idiots who don't know
their job by three easily shocked people and a couple
of jobbing politicians. Pathetic.