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ASHLEY AND KISHA Ban Provokes Censorship Discussion in Australia

The OFLC can’t stop thousands of unclassified DVDs from being sold illegally throughout Australia, but they did manage to stop the Melbourne Underground Film Festival from screening ASHLEY AND KISHA: FINDING THE RIGHT FIT in front of an audience of movie lovers at a small cinema in the Fitzroy district of Melbourne, (just to be sure, the OFLC sent a police detail to the theater the night of the screening.) The OFLC’s refusal to grant ASHLEY AND KISHA an exemption to play at MUFF comes right on the heels of “special attention” being paid to a number of gay and lesbian book and DVD stores in Melbourne. For some reason, the OFLC seems to take a special interest in what Australia’s G&L is watching on DVD.

If any good has come out of this whole mess, it’s that after years of silence, the topic of censorship is making headlines in Australia again.

Lesbian Film Banned, Melbourne Community Voice
http://mcv.e-p.net.au/news/lesbian-film-banned.html

Gay Movies Muffed, Bnews
http://www.bnews.net.au/content/view/605/66/

Radio Interview on ABC’s Hack news program
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/notes/mp3s/hack_muff.mp3

Film classification laws out of sync with the 21st century
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/09/30/1191090938881.html

Fundmentally for Your Own Good, by Dean Bertum
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,22531928-7583,00.html?from=public_rss

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  1. [...] Wolstencroft wrote a scathing open letter to the OFLC that, as far as I’ve heard, has been completely ignored. Comstock took actions into his own hands and contacted the OFLC himself for further clarification and basically got the “hey, the system’s not perfect” blowoff. Tony’s also got a list of links to news stories surrounding the matter. [...]

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