Offensive to a Reasonable Adult

Film Censorship & Classification in Australia

Author: Robert Cettl
Pages: 494
Language: English
Publication date: 16/02/2018
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Film Censorship & Classification in Australia
Thoroughly researched and fully APA referenced chronological history of film censorship and classification in Australia. Case by case histories of banned films punctuate a detailed account of the evolution of the Australian Film Classification system and the concurrent development of the Australian adult XXX industry, culminating in the establishment of the Australian Sex Party.

Former SAR Research Fellow at Australia's National Film & Sound Archive Robert Cettl gained exclusive access to both the national collection and the highly restricted Australian adult industry archive, the Eros Collection, at the Flinders University of South Australia to piece together the complete history of film censorship in Australia. Progressing through individual banned and censored films - including works by such internationally renowned directors as Hitchcock, Whale, Bunuel, Forman, Godard, Oshima, Pasolini, Hopper, Lyne, Breillat, Noe, Brass, Bertolucci, Fellini, Ford, Clark, Despentes, Winterbottom, Von Trier - Cettl maps out the delineation of 'offensive' material in parallel to the emergence of Australia's adult XXX industry and the Christian morals-driven pressure groups that advocate tighter censorship restrictions.

In a country that has the dubious honor of being the most censorial of Western democracies, film censorship is based on the principle of 'offense to a reasonable adult', an undefined refrain that religious minorities have used to manipulate censorship decisions in their favour. The history of these groups and the political support for their right-wing Christian agenda - driven by what Australians term 'Wowserism' - makes Australian film censorship unique in its delineation of :the 'aesthetics of offense' as grounds for the suppression of free dissemination, to the point of seeking mandatory ISP Internet filtering and Internet blacklisting of all material classified RC (or 'refused classification'), much of which is available for dissemination throughout Europe and the USA, in violation of UN Human Rights Article 19.

In this comprehensive study of the socio-political ideology surrounding the censorship of primarily sexually explicit material ('pornography'), Cettl delineates the aesthetic construction of 'offense' as a transgressive genre and charts the morality-driven religiosity behind their construction as Other to a civilized society, questioning whether the categorization of such material as other makes of it legitimate discourse. With extensive case histories, never-before-published government censorship reports, press clippings and secret internal memos between some of Australia's most powerful and influential politicians, Offensive to a Reasonable Adult exposes the quagmire of Australian censorship law and the morals-cabal of 'wowsers' that dominate the censorship agenda in the so-called 'Clever Country'.
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Robert Cettl is a former SAR Research Fellow at Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive [NFSA] and certified foreign expert living and working in Shanghai, China.

A freelance author, ethnographic filmmaker, University English-as-a-Foreign-Language [EFL] lecturer, private teacher and independent digital publisher, his professionally published non-fiction books have been collected by such as the BFI, the US Library of Congress and the National Libraries of Australia and China.

He self-publishes experimental multi-media auto-ethnographic ebooks (non-fiction, fiction, poetry) and also publishes third-party selections of avant-garde literary and artistic works by other authors.

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