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Richard Wolstencroft On Australia Banning The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 1, 2011

Movie poster featuring a human spine distorted to look like a centipede

(Below is a letter we received from Richard Wolstencroft, founder and director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.)

Dear Underground Film Journal,

The Australian Censors have got me mad. They have really pissed me off this time.

Not only do they ban LA Zombie in 2010, harass me personally as a Fest Director and haul me before a judge to fine me, but then they ban A Serbian Film in a cut format (though the uncut is available online everywhere as a torrent!) hurting my friends at Accent Films who spent a lot to promote and buy it.

They then ban what I consider to be one of the greatest Horror films of the last ten years: The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). A profound reflection of child abuse and its consequences in adult life that is both ethical, daring and brilliantly executed. It is dark, nuanced, confronting, moody, meta and disturbing, the way a good new Horror should be. Tom Six should be congratulated as should Laurence R. Harvey for his stunning Peter Lorre-esque turn as Martin.

After all this, I’ve had enough!

With friends and associates, we are looking at starting a Free Speech Advocacy Group to get our voices heard in Canberra that Censorship in Australia is a no go. We have a generally great country here, as close to a Utopia as you will find on Planet Earth. But there is a disturbing trend in Australia towards a Nanny State and there are Lobbyists (of the painful U.S. variety) taking poisonous hold in our ranks at Canberra. This is both undemocratic and pushing radical agendas most easygoing Australians would strongly object to.

Allow me to tell you about one, a Melinda Tankard Reist, who was instrumental in the HC2 and Serbian Film bans and who must be countered with all our collective might and will as artists and filmmakers:

Melinda Tankard Reist of Collective Shout is using her dark powers as a Lobbyist to control and manipulate Australian Censorship (apropos the recent HC2 ban) to suit her conservative Christian, anti-choice, anti-secular, pro-censorship agenda. It’s a National Disgrace how one radical Lobbyist could so control the debate of public opinion on Censorship in this country today!

I have just read a Discussion Paper from Melinda Tankard Reist’s Collective Shout — her pro-Censorship Lobby Group disguised as a Human Rights Organization. In it, she advocates the banning of all X-rated films altogether (even in Canberra) and making them illegal across all media. So, if you have ever seen porn on the net that would now be illegal under what she proposes.

Here is a quote from the Collective Shout Discussion Paper: “The X18 classification for films should be abolished and all films that have been or would be classified X18+ be classified as Refused Classification;” i.e. a total ban on all legal Pornography in Australia.

Not enough? She also wants net filters for some Classified Material online including R-rated material! That’s like half the internet! Taking us back to pre-1950’s, even Victorian Censorship days! This document is a scandal as Reist appears to have the ear of Oz Labour Minister Brendan O’Connor and others.

Resist Reist!

Resist this atrocious attack upon Free Speech with HC2 and other works of art and entertainment being banned. Fight back!

Reist’s Discussion Paper is here. Read and be shocked:

Melinda Tankard Reist is Australia’s new Mary Whitehouse it seems.

Thanks for letting me vent a little here and to get this information out there about Censorship in Australia and for supporting Free Speech yourself.

Best Regards

Richard Wolstencroft
and MUFF Fest Director

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