Offensive to a Reasonable Adult
Film Censorship & Classification in \'Secular\' Australia
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Australian film / pornography censorship in historical context
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In its short history, Australia has banned / censored the most films of any Western so-called "democracy", With no Bill of Rights, nor free speech protection, Christian morals groups historically dominate the censorship of all film, their particular fear and loathing reserved for sexually explicit films. Indeed, so great is the Christian opposition to sexually explicit films that Australia now bans film depictions of sex acts that are legal to perform between consensual adults: you can do it but you can't watch it.
From Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail to the notorious A Serbian Film and Human Centipede 2, the Australian censorship system has banned/censored the works of some of the finest world filmmakers - Catherine Breillat, Volker Schlondorff, Hector Babenco,Luis Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Larry Clark,Virginie Despentes, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Tinto Brass, Russ Meyer, Eduardo Cemano, James Whale, Tod Browning, Howard Hawks, Jim Jarmusch, Milos Forman, Nagisa Oshima, Gaspar Noe, Michael Winterbottom, Dennis Hopper, Melvin Van Peebles, Andrew Blake, Ingmar Bergman, Bo Arne Vibenius.
Christian moral hypocrisy is laid bare in Offensive to a Reasonable Adult, a meticulously researched and referenced chronological study of the evolution of the Australian film censorship and classification apparatus. A century of censored cinema: with formerly secret Office of Film and Literature Classification reports, political correspondence and never-before revealed details of banned and censored films.
Film censorship in Australia and the attempt to smother the adult / sex industry clearly reveals the Christian moral agenda to control not only Australia's viewing habits but their sexual habits as well - this is politiciation of sexually explicit material as discourse entitled to free speech protection: from the banning of birth control literature as "obscene" to the birth of the Australian Sex Party.
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About the Author
Robert Cettl is a freelance author and digital publisher.
He has a BA (Hons) from the Flinders University of South Australia - which included an international student exchange scholarship to the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale in the USA. In addition, he holds a GRAD DIP (Inf. Stud.) from the University of South Australia and a GRAD CERT (TESOL) from Flinders University. In 2010 he was a SAR Research Fellow at Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. He is an associate member of ALIA (Australian Library & Information Association) and an independent filmmaker.
His published works of film non-fiction for renowned Academic publisher McFarland - Serial Killer Cinema: an Analytical Filmography with an Introduction and Terrorism in American Cinema - have been collected by such as Yale University Library, the British Film Institute and the National Libraries of China and Australia. His interests are censorship history, erotic film and transgression theory. He currently balances Academic writing and social publishing as a freelance author and independent digital publisher / ebook designer branching into multi-media.
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