FamilyVoice Australia has today filed an appeal in the Federal Court against the decision of the Classification Review Board to classify as R18+ the child abuse and torture film Salo or 120 Days in Sodom.
“This film is based on the perverted writings of the Marquis de Sade,” said FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips. “For many years it has been refused classification because of its scenes of young teen boys and girls being physically and sexually abused in horrible ways.
“But last month, the Classification Review Board removed the Salo ban on the extraordinary ground that the film now comes in a package of two DVDs – one of the film itself, and another DVD containing additional material including an interview with the director Pasolini. The Board claimed this additional material would reduce the impact of the film.”
Ros Phillips said online comments indicate that people who hire DVDs generally watch the main film only, not any additional background material.
“In any case, how can additional material justify scenes of sadistic child pornography in the main DVD?” Mrs Phillips said.
FamilyVoice Australia is not alone in objecting to the film.
Senators Julian McGauran and Guy Barnett quizzed officers from the Classification Review Board at recent estimates hearings. Dissatisfied with the answers they received, the two senators wrote to the Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O’Connor – who said he would not appeal the Review Board’s decision.
The senators have encouraged FamilyVoice Australia to pursue an appeal. Together with the Australian Christian Lobby, they are supporting the Federal Court action.
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