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Father's Day - Australia Denies Rating

Horror Comedy Not Allowed to be Screened

The horror comedy Father's Day was made in 2011 and was supposed to be screened on the Monster Fest Film Festival in Melbourne. However, the Australian ratings board refused to give the film a classification. That means that adults are not allowed to see the film, too.

The organizers of the festival say:

“This is an outrageous decision. Yes Father’s Day is an edgy film, but it is an hilarious and over-the-top spoof that, despite it’s gore, is actually one of the sweetest films in the Monster Fest program!”

Oddly enough, the film got an exception permit so that it was allowed to be shown in Sydney prior to the festival in Melbourne. A detailed reasoning has not yet been released but instead, general information is given:

"The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as films that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."

In contrast to e.g. the US, Australia omits the possibility to release a film unrated (similar to the UK, where the film got a BBFC 18 without cuts). Therefore, a censor board has to examine a film prior to its release. The case at hand means that Father's Day is currently banned, even for adults.

Release: Nov 07, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: thereelbits.com

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