Friday, September 12, 2008
ALP warns against censorship (2003) !
From The Age Saturday 5 July 2003, 8:05 AM
ALP warns against film censorship
The closing down of the screening of banned film Ken Park in Sydney was disturbing, the federal opposition said.
Police intervened to stop the film being shown at a public meeting in the inner-Sydney suburb of Balmain and confiscated three DVD copies of the film.
The event's organisers, including film critic Margaret Pomeranz, are likely to receive an official police caution.
Shadow minister for the arts, Kate Lundy, said there was community concern that the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) was making "increasingly conservative and restrictive decisions".
"I believe that in a free society adults should be able to view whatever they want, provided that those involved in the making of the film have broken no laws," she said in a statement.
"I am concerned that the OFLC seems to have made a decision at variance with many other countries.
"Ken Park has been shown commercially at many other film festivals around the world and has been sold commercially to 30 countries."
Senator Lundy questioned whether the OFLC decision genuinely reflected community standards.
"Our classification regime must not be allowed to become a censorship regime," she said.
posted by Bob Bain