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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