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Book of The Banned
July 16, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Special Event/2023/Presented by Simon Miraudo and Damien Spiccia
BLASPHEMY AND HORROR! SAUCY SWEDES! LUKE SKYWALKER’S CHARRED AUNT & UNCLE!
Australia has censored it all.
Did you know Aussie audiences were originally denied bona fide classics The Night of the Hunter, Breathless and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (to name just a few out of literal hundreds), or that Australians initially saw a watered-down version of Star Wars in cinemas? ?…and don’t forget closer to home, Rev has had two films banned back in the day.
Book of the Banned, from Western Australian writer and critic Simon Miraudo, is a rigorous, rollicking, riotous and righteously-furious jaunt through film history that reveals the shocking stories behind Australia’s classification system and how your favourite movies have been snipped down under.
Miraudo will discuss Book of the Banned and share some of those censored moments at this special Revelation Film Festival session. He will be joined by Damien Spiccia for a deeper dive into the history of banned films in Australia and an audience Q&A.
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“This book is f***ing great. And if they put asterisks in this quote, the censors will have won again.” Chris Taylor
“A uniquely Australian ride into the dark side of film censorship, pearl-clutching outrages and moral panics, Simon Miraudo’s Book of the Banned is an essential book for film fans, cinema scholars and card-carrying perverts alike.” Alexandra Heller-Nicholas