An Open Letter to Paul Kalina of the Age Concerning Film Censorship in Australia

Dear Paul,

I’ve just read your article in The Age asserting that L.A. Zombie is the first film banned from the Australian festival cirucut since Ken Park in 2003.

This is incorrect

In 2006 the OFLC banned my documentary film Damon and Hunter: Doing it Together from playing at the Sydney QueerDoc International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

In 2007 the OFLC banned my film Ashley and Kisha: Finding the Right Fit from the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, along with six other films: 70k Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten (aka The Schoolgirl Report), Sex Wish, The Farmer’s Daughter, Whore, and 60 Second Relief

In 2009 the OFLC banned Jennifer Lyon Bell’s Matinee from the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

Perhaps if the Age would do a better job of informing the Australian public about their government’s censorship of films, it wouldn’t happen so often.

Tony Comstock

(Cross-posted to Tony Comstock Kōan of Silence)

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