Astron-6's FATHER'S DAY Banned In Oz!

Australian Classification, the government agency responsible for the classification of films, publications and computer games has given Astron-6's horror-comedy Father's Day the dreaded RC (Refused Classification). It can no longer be legally screened or distributed in Australia. 

The agency assessed the film as belonging to a category of 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".

The film had already be screened at the A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney back in March and was scheduled to screen during Monster Fest in Melbourne. But no more says the agency. 

Neil Foley, manager of Monster Pictures, decried the latest decision. "We think it's an appalling decision. The film is a comedy, it's been taken way out of context. We're not really sure what scenes they have a problem with but there's nothing in this film that hasn't been seen before and anything that is in the film has been put there in the name of comedy by very talented, well-received and comic artists."
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  • Eron Sheean

    Call it another Aussie knee-jerk, not the first time.

  • this is the kind of news that makes me even curious about this film

  • hutch

    Oz? As in, formal penal colony that brought us 'Mad Max', Oz? *snicker* Thank gawd for universal players, eh?

  • i know tons of films *claim* to have been banned, and there was the whole Video Nasty thing, but is this the first film to actually be banned theatrically? what great PR!

  • Australia's censorship board and the BBFC seem to work on similar wavelengths. Both banned Human Centipede 2 in their uncut forms, however, the distributor worked around that by releasing the films uncut as streaming exclusives. This isn't the first film to be banned, far from it.

  • Mehaillien Thundercross

    It's Australia's loss, that movie was great! I caught the premiere at the After Dark film festival last year, it totally caught me by surprise and might be one of my favourite films of that year.

  • Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg

    At this point in time, with the internet and online shopping, deciding to ban a film or any easily portable art (book, CD) seems like a waste of time. Australians will still be able to see the film somehow. While I am against censorship, I suppose the classification folks wanted to make some kind of statement. Though it will likely just encourage more people to see it.

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