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Low Heroes Press, July 2023
Softcover, 306 pages
23.5cm × 15.3cm

Book of the Banned Devilish Movies, Dastardly Censors and the Scenes That Made Australia Sweat

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BLASPHEMY AND HORROR! SAUCY SWEDES! LUKE SKYWALKERS CHARRED AUNT & UNCLE! Australia has censored it all. Did you know Aussie audiences were originally denied bona fide classics, The Night of the Hunter, Breathless and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (to name just a few out of literal hundreds), or that Australians initially saw a watered-down version of Star Wars in cinemas?

This rigorous, rollicking, riotous and righteously-furious jaunt through film history reveals the shocking stories behind Australias classification system and how your favourite movies have been snipped down under, featuring interviews with Margaret Pomeranz, David Stratton, a bunch of banned filmmakers and even their censors. Like any good story, there are heroes, anti-heroes, unexpected criminals and downright dastardly villains, though theyre not always whom youd expect. But by discussing the movies, scenes and lines of dialogue deemed too extreme for Aussie eyes and ears, we can see how far weve come in Australia and how far we have to go.

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