Wolf of Wall Street: Heavy Cuts for Qantas Clients
Normally, one could expect that the censorship news regarding Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street have come to an end by now. During the last months, it became known that the film was shortened from 4 to 3 hours due to time constraints and censored in order to avoid the infamous NC-17 rating. For those that still found that the movie was too long in that form, Dubai had a solution as it cut an additional 45 minutes out of the film until it was able to be screened there.
But now, Australia brings another news. The Australian Classification Board gave the uncensored film the expected R 18+ rating but has another entry in its database that raises eyebrows. It runs 11 minutes shorter and is rated "MA 15+". The content box offers the insight that several of the movie's elements had to be reduced in the process (see graphic below).
The first reaction might be to assume that this version will find its way onto the Australian home video market. But the devil is in the details. The censored version was submitted not by a regular film distributor (like the R 18+ version was, by the way), but by the Australian airline Qantas. It is an often applied practice for airlines to show so-called "airline versions" of films that are censored. Normally, movies with too extreme content are left out but a title like Wolf of Wall Street seems to be an execption, considering all the famous names involved and the long runtime that keeps passengers entertained. In order to reach this goal, the airline deemed it acceptable to cut out 11 minutes of footage.
It remains unclear whether this airline version of the movie will be used on certain fly routes or whether it will be shown to passengers all over the world.
Release: Feb 27, 2014 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey