Article Title:SPCS tries to ban gay-themed film
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:7th July 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2419
Text:One man's annual crusade against the festival film-going public of New Zealand is on again –an injunction taken out against a gay-themed film in this year's International Film Festival by David Lane of the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards. The film, Anatomy of Hell, tells the story of a gay man hired by a woman, intrigued by his repulsion, to have sex with her. It features explicit gay and heterosexual sex scenes. Festival director Bill Gosden says the publicity generated by the injunction will increase ticket sales for the film, which would otherwise have passed by with a modest audience. "All the society succeeds in doing is creating publicity for David Lane's point of view and for films that people might never otherwise have given any attention. I'm very tired of it,” he says. "On the last four occasions they've been given leave to appeal and they haven't gone through with the appeal." The Society's last film crusade was to have the rating of Mel Gibson's violent Passion of the Christ lowered, so that children could have access to its graphic torture and murder scenes. They justified it as acceptable because the violence was 'historical'.    
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