Uncut and Unashamed: The New BFI Southbank Banned Season
Cine-Excess is delighted to be working with the BFI Southbank to promote their Uncut season of talks and retrospective screenings of some of the most controversial films to have been considered by the British censor:
This season presents an overview of some of the issues that have troubled and occasionally confounded our censors over a century of cinema, using key titles to illustrate the Board’s changing responses to confrontational material. From the teensploitation terrors of Blackboard Jungle, through the sexual frankness of The Killing of Sister George, to the obscenity prosecutions that hounded The Evil Dead and the more recent furores surrounding Crash, each of these films presents a case-study in the BBFC’s negotiation of UK law, public opinion, political pressure, and principles of public protection and free speech. Some subjects, such as the portrayal of sexual violence, continue to prove divisive, with Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me sparking cries of outrage after it was passed uncut by the BBFC. Others, such as the trimming of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for family audiences, have attracted less attention in the popular press. Decide for yourselves whether or not our censors and classifiers have got it right or wrong over the years, with this varied programme of potentially cut-able classics.
The programme includes a special panel discussion on the changing nature of British film censorship on November 20th, which is convened by Cine-Excess E-Journal Advisory Board member Professor Julian Petley.