January 27, 2010
January 22, 2010
Marcus Westbury wrote this bemoaning the Australian internet filter. See here.
Here is my response, in agreement, and further outlining and discussing the dilemma:
I hope we all do something about this filter. I’d be more than happy to join, campaign, etc., against this filter. I am very anti censorship on anything and everything; word, image, art, photography, etc… that is not technically illegal like material involving the abuse/harm of minors and snuff movies.
One of the things on the Government blacklist that they wanted banned was The Abby Winters site run by G Media, an Aussie soft core porn site. It features 18 to 25 year old nude models. I read that founder Garion Hall was charged with producing illegal material (… it is illegal to make porn or it seems even nude erotica here in Victoria, an absurd law, I might add!) and child pornography ( probably because a model or two on his site had false ID, or he messed up in his age checking process… or who knows?). Anyway, the Abby Winters site looks to be a perfectly normal and harmless one of girls 18 and over without clothes like legions of others all over the web. Why is this site being black listed?
The link is here: http://www.abbywinters.com/portal/
I think the adding of a site like Abby Winters, whose main offense appears to be that it is erotica and made in Australia to the banned list is the thin edge of the wedge. You can see it could be applied to a vast number of legal nude sites online, including ones dealing with erotica and art.
I feel this filter is a real and tragic death for a creative, free thinking and sexually unrepressed Australia.
RE: Content of the censored material. When they say Sexual Violence be sure that they mean Sadomasochism and B&D. A lifestyle as legit as the homosexual one, in these times, I would strongly suggest. Which means any bondage, kinky or spanking text or images amongst consenting adults no matter how innocent, or even just erotica, can be banned. Even Bettie Page stills from Irving Klaw could be labeled Sexual Violence!
Here is just one blog entry from a female spanking fan who realizes her own sexuality blog could and will be banned in her own country and bemoans the situation: http://michellesspankingdiary.com/?p=157
This filter can easily be applied to imagery from the art world and to the work of people dealing in areas of transgression and sexuality. Artists whose work could be banned (…to name just a few) include: Larry Clark, Trevor Brown, the Chapman Brothers, Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, John Willie, Irving Klaw, Richard Kern, Suehiro Maruo, Toshio Saeki, De Sade, Lautreamont, Bataille, Sacher Masoch, et al…all deal with sexual violence in art, photo or text.
What do they mean, also, by ‘other’ criminal activity? How to grow pot or drug advice sites? Pro Grafitti sites? How to circumvent the filter? Holocaust Denial? Pro Palestinian, or pro terrorist sites like ones on Hamas, or whatever else, from this controversial political field.
The question of monitoring and regulation is another minefield.
Also, the video game bans currently in force are crazy. It’s become a major part of 18 to 50 year old culture and now its policed and restricted in a way far more draconian than film ever was. Why?
Your piece makes many salient points most important is that it can be circumvented by criminals anyway, which makes it implementation completely pointless. The need is there to action change from the arts community like they/we did to support Bill Henson. This issue is a much, much bigger one than the Henson issue, as it is a blanket ban on so much material, images and information. And it seems to be about to implemented with little fight from the arts community!
MUFF director and Hellfire Club founder
January 17, 2010
My latest feature will be released through Peter Castaldi’s new distribution company The Pack in 2010. It will have a theatrical run in Australian capitals and play some regional engagements before a DVD release later in 2010.
The Beautiful and Damned had its World Premiere at The F.Scott Fitzgerald Festival last October in Baltimore after being sneak previewed at MUFF X in 09. It will have its Official Australian Premiere in Sydney at the cool new Oz Film Festival The Australian Film Festival in April.
Wolstencroft is also planning to shoot the second part of his low budget “March On Rome” feature trilogy in the second half of 2010.
See her for details:
The Melbourne Underground Film Festival is proud to officially announce the dawn of its eleventh year in this exciting new decade. The call for entries to the 2010 festival has now officially opened for all national and international films, and the MUFF team is buckling down and prepping for the announcement of new festival plans, events, and of course, the 2010 MUFF theme.
The 2009 festival, MUFF X, went off with a like a pair of Yemenis exploding underpants in last August under the theme of ‘MUFF ATTACKS’. The tenth in a long line of transgressive MUFFs held in Melbourne and directed by veteran filmmaker/troublemaker Richard Wolstencroft, MUFF X continued the proud tradition of offering an underground alternative to mainstream contemporary cinema in Australia. With a focus on spotlighting Australian-made independent feature films, many of which are swept under the cultural rug because of a lack of government or industry support.
Major MUFF X awards were taken out by Nathan Chrisoffel’s sci-fi epic Eraser Children (which has since enjoyed award-winning screening as the opening film of the Fantastic Planet Film Festival), Dominic Deacon’s exploitation flick Bad Habits (which has recently secured American DVD distribution) and Andrew Scarano’s documentary Into the Shadows, which has played at cinemas all over the country since its premiere.
So great was the success of the 2009 festival that the MUFF team are ready to jump straight back in for another round of subverting the OZ cinema status quo. Plans are already underway at undisclosed locations and wheels are in motion to make MUFF 11 bigger, better with added bite in the year to come. Expect more guests, meaner films, more awards for shorts and our aggressive and unique retrospectives. The call for entries is open for both shorts and features of all varieties, with entry details to be found on the MUFF website.
The MUFF team look forward to seeing you all for another year of deviancy, debauchery and damned good Indy entertainment at the 11th annual festival! Get to it boppers!
For more updates, see www.muff.com.au
January 17, 2010
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