FrightFest And UK Distributor Revolver Comment On The BBFC's Demand Of Cuts To A SERBIAN FILM

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FrightFest And UK Distributor Revolver Comment On The BBFC's Demand Of Cuts To A SERBIAN FILM
In light of A Serbian Film being pulled from the Film4 FrightFest lineup at the last minute after the BBFC demanded nearly four minutes of cuts, UK distributor Revolver and FrightFest organizers have released a brief statement on the situation. Here's what they have to say:

A spokesperson for Revolver, the UK distributor of the film said - "In light of the BBFC's recent requested 49 cuts totalling approximately 3 mins 48 secs for the DVD / Blu-ray release of A Serbian Film, we remain committed to releasing the closest possible version of the film to the director's original cut. 

The company recognises that the film is an uncompromising, artistic and political statement from a unique filmmaking vision and remains fully supportive to the director.  Revolver believes this is a film that deserves to be seen by both a theatrical and home entertainment UK audience."

Alan Jones, organiser of FrightFest confirmed - "FrightFest has decided not to show A Serbian Film in a heavily cut version because, as a festival with a global integrity, we think a film of this nature should be shown in its entirety as per the director's intention."

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TomAugust 30, 2010 10:52 AM

Buried definitely made up for it (fantastic film! Reynolds really surprised me), and I respect the fact that they didn't show an edited version. It just makes me angry how the UK pretends to be progressive and liberal, but the BBFC still thinks it needs to censor films like this. We're grown-ups, damn it! Oh well, looking forward to it on DVD - completely uncut, of course.

bewarethemoonAugust 31, 2010 5:43 AM

After reading about the proposed cuts to this film, and having only seen the trailer I can only extrapolate from that.
Personally, I don't think the UK pretends to be progressive and liberal, compared to many countries where people can be stoned to death on the instruction of a judge, or incarcerated for life for making anti-government statements, I think the Uk is a terribly progressive place to live! Even compared to the USA it has far more freedoms.
In a time where we are seeing even more disturbing and shocking acts of violence by children as young as 10 on other children, in particular the recent attempted rape by two 10 year old boys on a girl of 8, you have to ask the question.... how? how did children as young as this become exposed to, and learn behaviour like this?
While I'm not advocating a Disney-fied state media, there has to be a line drawn somewhere, and I think the BBFC have been doing a fantastic job for many years.
I think you need to look at the bigger picture, I too used to be an avid horror festival goer, with a taste for the extreme, but as a father I now see both sides of the argument, The BBFC has a responsibility to the public, releasing a film as extreme as this could actually be the straw that breaks the camels back in the UK, with a Conservative government in power, touting family values and Cameron's "Big Society" and social responsibilty high on the agenda, A Serbian Film could whip up such a right wing anti censorship storm that would make Mary Whitehouse's 80's video nasty crusade look like a piss in the ocean, resulting in a Government led censorship board, they've already been closing other well run independant bodies in the name of "cost cutting" (and reversing promises and schemes set up by the previous Labour Gov,) I wouldn't put it past them to absorb the BBFC in the name of public decency, if A Serbian Film did get released uncut.

plissken2013August 31, 2010 10:25 AM

I will never support any kind of censorship. Never. And don't tell me "Never say never". When I say never, it really means never.

paul.brookfieldAugust 31, 2010 2:12 PM

plissken2013: Not even for real child pornographic images and videos? Even the most dyed-in-the-wool anti-censorship campaigner would not want to see children being harmed for profit.

I'm pretty right-wing (a lot of right-wingers are on the libertarian end of the spectrum) and I would not want to see censorship of anything that is legal to film, such as the simulated scenes in this film.

Nearly four minutes of cuts though... that's rare these days.

TomSeptember 3, 2010 11:26 PM

If the US is a less progressive place than the UK, how did A Serbian Film get shown completely uncut at SXSW and Fantasia?