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Australian distributors reprise a US debate about whether Rocketman should be cut for a lower rating


Link Here 19th May 2019
Rocketman is a 2019 UK / USA musical music biography by Dexter Fletcher.
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden. BBFC link IMDb

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Rocketman follows in the footsteps of the similarly gay themed Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsod y. Perhaps with an eye on repeating the successful formula of the earlier sanitised and PG-13 rated biopic, Hollywood producers Paramount seemed to have been pushing for Rocketman to get a PG-13 rating.

Paramount demanded that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn cut a 40-second scene that depicts Elton John and one-time lover and manager John Reid, writhing on a bed. Fully exposed white derrieres are on display, but the nude escapade is tastefully done.

However it seems that the film makers won the argument as the film ended up with an R rating that confirms the sexual content.

In the UK, the film was passed 15 uncut for drug misuse, sex, very strong language.

The debate has now been reprised in Australia where the distributors preferred a cut M (PG-15) rated release over the uncut version awarded an MA15+. The  distributors duly cut the film and resubmitted it but the censors decided that the distributors had not cut enough for an M rating and stuck with the MA15+ rating.

The distributors have now appealed the decision and hope that Review Board can be convinced to award an M rating.

The appeal will be heard on 21st May 2019.

 

 

Wick trimmed...

The Indian film censor makes significant cuts to John Wick 3


Link Here 16th May 2019
Full story: Film cuts in India...Censor cuts for movies released in India
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is a 2019 USA action thriller by Chad Stahelski.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane and Asia Kate Dillon. IMDb

In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fuelled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world's most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

India's Central Board of Film Certification has made significant cuts to John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, even for an adults only 'A' rating. The cuts are described as:
  • the standard blurs, mutes and additions for profanity, visual gestures, all mention and presence of alcohol and the ever-present anti-smoking label
  • one cut reducing revenge and escape violence by 50%, and
  • cuts to another scene of graphic violence involving knives and shooting.

The cuts add up to about 3 minutes.

 

 

As Time Goes By...

Ireland's long and beautiful friendship with censors, where the classic Casablanca was once banned in 1942, and was still cut in 1974


Link Here 15th May 2019
The most infamous film ban in Ireland was of the classic Casablanca in 1942.

The officially neutral Ireland said it was Allied propaganda and felt sorry for the poor Nazis and how they were portrayed..

It was banned on March 19, 1942, for infringing on the Emergency Powers Order (EPO), preserving wartime neutrality in the way it portrayed Vichy France and Nazi Germany in a sinister light.

Soon after the end of the war in Europe the film was unbanned but passed with cuts on June 15, 1945, The cuts were to dialogue between Rick and Ilsa referring to their love affair. It seemed even talking about affairs was forbidden in Ireland.

Amazingly, even in 1974, the people of Ireland had to be saved from Casablanca. The censor passed it with one cut on July 16, 1974. RTÉ had asked about showing the film on TV -- it still required a dialogue cut to Ilsa expressing her love for Rick.

 

 

Offsite Article: Avengers Endgame...


Link Here 15th May 2019
Full story: Film Censorship in China...All Chinese films censored to be suitable for kids
Is the China cinema boom slowing down as censorship clampdown bites?

See article from screendaily.com

 

 

Welcoming a new rating aboard...

Kelly McMahon takes over as the head of MPAA's film ratings board


Link Here 8th May 2019
Kelly McMahon is the new head of the MPAA's film ratings board, the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA).

The 46-year-old longtime corporate lawyer leads the small group of parents who anonymously assign ratings, ranging from G to NC-17, to hundreds of movies a year. She replaces Joan Graves, 77, who recently retired after 18 years as head of the ratings body.

McMahon, in her first interview since taking the helm, defended the ratings system, which she says has remained a reliable and essential tool for families navigating the multiplex. However, she says one of her first major goals is to reach out to parents, filmmakers and political groups -- including LGBTQ and religious organizations -- to hear their concerns.

She also wants to add more people to the rating board to ensure its decisions are representative of American consumers. The board currently employs only eight raters; McMahon wants to grow the board to 12. She also wants to address the once-common G (general audiences) rating, which has virtually disappeared from the industry.

 

 

Offsite Video: Failure of NC-17 was one of her biggest regrets in a 30 year career...


Link Here 4th May 2019
Joan Graves of MPAA's film rating wing CARA gives interview to mark her retirement on May 3rd 2019

See article from scpr.org

 


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