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the devils In 1971, the late, great Ken Russell’s masterpiece The Devils was released in a highly censored form. The film was shredded to pieces by censors, who removed several scenes, including one that Russell himself referred to as the heart of the film.

Although versions of the film have been released since then, Russell’s full director’s cut has never been issued on DVD.

It is ridiculous that after 44 years, Warner Bros still refuse to release the director’s cut. Ken Russell was a hugely significant filmmaker, and The Devils was his magnum opus.

Warner Bros, you have no right to deny us of the director’s cut of the film. High profile figures like film critic Mark Kermode and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro have demanded the director’s cut, and so do we.

Everybody deserves the right to access this film in its full form. To have it denied its audience is unwarranted censorship of the most extreme and groundless form.

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Nekromantik Limited Edition Format Blu ray Nekromantik is a 1987 West Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit.
With Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski and Harald Lundt. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, bloody violence, sexual violence, necrophilia for:

  • 2014 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 15th December 2014

Reviews

  • See review from denofgeek.com : ” Anyone with an interest in transgressive cinema should be ecstatic ”

Censorship history

Not released in the UK for fear of censorship from 1987-2014. Passed 18 uncut for DVD in May 2014.

Promotional Material

Nekromantik is the one-of-a-kind shock classic from cult director Jörg Buttgereit. Never before released on home video in the UK (until now, no distributor even dared submit it for classification), Nekromantik plunges the viewer into an unremittingly bleak world of depravity and necrophilia weaving the tale of Rob Schmadtke (Daktari Lorenz), a young man who finds himself competing for the affections of his girlfriend with a putrefying cadaver.

Rob is employed by Joe’s Streetcleaning Agency, a company which handles the unenviable task of cleaning up grisly accidents and crime scenes. But Rob has a particular reason for liking his chosen profession, allowing him as it does to indulge in his hobby of choice collecting body parts, which he keeps preserved in jars around his flat. Tasked with transporting the body of a young man from a murder scene, Rob seizes the opportunity to abscond with the corpse bringing it home, much to the delight of his equally unhinged girlfriend, Betty. A twisted love triangle ensues, resulting in some of the most shocking scenes ever committed to celluloid.

Nearly 30 years after its original release, Nekromantik, with its grotesque imagery and shocking subject matter, still retains the power to offend a point borne out by the fact that it remains banned in a number of countries. But Buttgereit s film is much more than a shock piece; Nekromantik shares as much in common with the movies of the preceding New German Cinema movement as it does with splatter films of its era. Arriving on Blu-ray in a brand-new Director-approved transfer, Arrow Video is proud to present this underground classic finally classified for UK release in its fully unexpurgated form.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Limited Edition (3000 copies) featuring exclusive new artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • New High Definition Digital Transfer approved by writer-director Jörg Buttgereit
  • High Definition Bluray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • The Making of Nekromantik featurette comprising behind the scenes footage shot in Super 8, transferred in HD
  • Buttgereit 10th Anniversary Interview
  • Hot Love (40 mins) a 1985 short film by Buttgereit featuring Daktari Lorenz
  • Complete collection of Jörg Buttgereit film trailers (Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2, Schramm)
  • Extensive collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Graham Rae, David Kerekes, author of Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit, and much more, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD
  • + MUCH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

 

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nick clegg Nick Clegg has slammed new porn laws which outlaws British websites from hosting supposedly harmful bedroom acts between consenting adultsNick Clegg today warned prudish David Cameron to keep his nose out of people’s exotic bedroom habits. He said:

The Government is not there to stick its nose in the bedroom, as long as people are not doing things which are illegal. It’s not really for us to judge how people get their kicks.

Speaking at his monthly press conference, Clegg made clear the face sitting porn protestors have his support:

In a free society, people should be free to do things that many people might find exotic, at mildest, or deeply unappetising at worst. It’s their freedom to do so.

But Cameron made clear last week he backs the repressive and business destroying new laws. He told a conference in London:

I feel that it’s very important. In Britain we have rules about how you can buy pornography in the shop. I believe we should try and make sure you apply those rules when you buy pornography online.

The PM said it was part of a broader principle that the same laws should apply online as on the high street. Of course it never occurred to him to achieve this by freeing up  the ridiculous prohibitions inflicted on high street stores. Cameron spouted further:

We’re trying to make sure that when something is a crime, it is prosecuted and convicted wherever it takes place. My view is that should happen whether it’s online or offline. We should try and apply the same rule whether you’re visiting a shop in a high street or visiting a store on the internet.

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European Court of Justice Images captured on a household surveillance camera could breach data-protection rules, the European court of ‘justice’ (ECJ) has ruled .By clarifying European legislation, the judgment could have significant consequences for householders in the UK who use CCTV and keep or try to use the images, according to a legal expert.

The case related to a Czech man, Frantisek Rynes, who installed a surveillance camera after he and his family were subjected to attacks by unknown individuals. The camera filmed areas including a public footpath and the entrance to the house opposite. After someone fired a catapult at his home, breaking a window, Rynes gave the recordings to the police, allowing them to identify two suspects, who were subsequently prosecuted.

However, one of the suspects challenged the legality of Rynes recording and holding the images. The Czech office for the protection of personal data, found that although Rynes had been trying to expose the perpetrators of a crime, he had infringed data-protection rules and issued him with a fine.

And of course Euro judges agreed:

The operation of a camera system, as a result of which a video recording of people is stored on a continuous recording device such as a hard disk drive, installed by an individual on his family home for the purposes of protecting the property, health and life of the homeowners, but which also monitors a public space, does not amount to the processing of data in the course of a purely personal or household activity, for the purposes of that provision.

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hardglam The adult website HardGlam (at http://www.hardglam.com and others)has been fined £1500 for transgression ofATVOD’s internet censorship rules:

Rule 1: A person must not provide an on-demand programme service unless, before beginning to provide it, that person has given notification to the appropriate regulatory authority of the person’s intention to provide that service. A notification must be sent to the appropriate regulatory authority in such manner as the authority may require and must contain all such information as the authority may require.

Rule 4: The provider of an On-Demand Programme Service must pay to the appropriate regulatory authority such fee as that authority may require under section 368NA of the Act.

Rule 11: If an on-demand programme service contains material which might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of persons under the age of eighteen, the material must be made available in a manner which secures that such persons will not normally see or hear it.

The usual complaints about not registering for censorship, allowing hardcore material available without the onerous age verification requirements and not being responsive to the censors finger clicking.

Perhaps more interesting is how Ofcom relates to dealing with an adult industry minnow. Ofcom noted:

The Service Provider submitted written representations to Ofcom on 13 November 2014. The Service Provider also attended an oral hearing on 2 December 2014, supported by two family members.

Firstly, the Service Provider apologised for previous lack of engagement with ATVOD and Ofcom. He explained he had not intended to delay or impede the regulatory process and that there were a number of exceptional personal circumstances which had led to him (in his words) putting his, head in the sand . He noted that he was not well connected in the adult or video on demand industries and had run a business focusing on niche fetishes (principally women smoking) for nine years without realising compliance with ATVOD rules was required. When ATVOD contacted him, he had not known where to turn for advice and, having previously fallen victim to scams, had erroneously believed registration with ATVOD was either a scam or at least not a legal requirement. He said that Ofcom’s involvement had alerted him to the seriousness of the situation and, following receipt of documents from Ofcom on 26 October 2014, he had taken steps to disable the websites under referral pending the outcome of Ofcom’s sanctions process. Ofcom had noted this on 18 November, and also noted that the services remained unavailable as at the date of the oral hearing.

Secondly, the Service Provider noted that his was a very small business and provided turnover details which were not available to Ofcom at the time of its Preliminary View. The Service Provider said that he had struggled to make a profit with his original company, J&L Visuals Limited, and had liquidated that company in October 2010. He said that with so much content available free over the internet, subscription based providers were now struggling to cover costs. After seeking alternative employment, the Service Provider explained he had returned to the internet business, as sole trader under the HardGlam name. The Service Provider said that he did not have full accounts for the relevant period but he provided information about his very modest sales during the period from 26 April to 13 November 2014 and on his monthly running costs. The Service Provider said the assumptions in Ofcom’s Preliminary View massively overstated the size of his business and expressed concerns about his ability to continue the business were a fine over four figures to be imposed.

Thirdly, the Service Provider noted the impact of the steps taken by Ofcom and of his own failure to engage earlier with the process on himself and his business. He said that since Ofcom had taken action in relation to the Service, his main payment provider had suspended payment provision in relation to the Service and he had not been able to receive any income or publish new content, leaving him with the costs for the premises he used for filming but no income to cover those costs. He indicated that he had to borrow money to cover these costs..

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atvod taking piss The Guardian reported:

Sex workers and campaigners have gathered in front of parliament to protest against changes to UK pornography regulations.

Protesters chanted: What do we want? Face-sitting! When do we want it? Now! They say the list of banned activities includes face-sitting , and campaigners carried out a mass demonstration of this while singing the Monty Python song Sit On My Face.

Organiser Charlotte Rose called the restrictions ludicrous and said they were a threat to freedom of expression.

These activities were added to this list without the public being made aware, Charlotte Rose said. They’ve done this without public knowledge and without public consent.

There are activities on that list that may be deemed sexist, but it’s not just about sexism, it’s about censorship. What the government is doing is taking our personal liberties away without our permissions.

facesitting protest Mistress Absolute, a professional dominatrix and fetish promoter, said the law was restrictive:

I felt that this was the beginning of something to creep into my sexual freedom and sexual preferences.

Neil Rushton said:

They’re very sexist laws. These are very geared towards women’s enjoyment as opposed to men’s.

Obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman, Jerry Barnett from Sex and Censorship and Jane Fae from the Consenting Adult Action Network were among those making speeches at the protest. Fae called the changes heteronormative , and said:

What is being clamped down on is any kind of online content made by adults who are consenting.

I organised today’s mass face-sitting outside Parliament because I’m not willing to give up my sexual liberties

12th December 2014. See  article from  independent.co.uk by Charlotte Rose

charlotte-rose Draconian new pornography restrictions are an attack on our freedom, so it’s time to sit down and be counted

I can hear the laughter now. A mass face-sitting outside Britain’s parliament: are they serious?

The answer, for anyone who dares think otherwise is: absolutely. Yes. For the new anti-porn regulations censor people without consent. Nobody has the right to take away peoples personal liberties or personal choice.

If we don’t speak out now, more and more amendments are going to be added to existing laws taking our personal rights away.

…Read the full article

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Sit on my face protest

Protest against internet porn censorship law
12th December 2014, at noon
Old Palace Yard, Parliament, London

To meet outside parliament and protest against the new sexist laws – This is not supporting sexual equality and something needs to be done! Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored today through an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure.

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

Seemingly arbitrarily deciding what is nice sex and what is not nice sex, the board’s ruling on content that is not acceptable (p.23) effectively bans legal and consensual acts from being depicted by British pornography producers.

The theme of the protest is the Monty Python classic song, Sit On My Face. And couples will be doing as the song suggests, one the ludicrous prohibitions contained in the government censorship decree.

Protest Against The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations

See article from caan.org.uk

The Consenting Adult Action Network (CAAN) fully support the protest organised outside parliament this Friday against the government’s latest ludicrous and hypocritical attempts to clamp down on porn that falls outside a narrow cultural definition of normal sexuality.

According to Jane Fae, co-convenor of CAAN England and Wales:

far from protecting anyone, this is the usual badly thought-out mishmash of irrelevant measures and middle-aged male prejudice. What they mostly dislike are women and individuals from outside the charmed circle of sexuality(*) having any place to explore what turns them on.

Dennis Queen, also co-convenor, seconded this view. She said:

Yet again, the official censors are reinforcing regulations that prevent people from expressing themselves safely while politicians such as David Cameron reward their friends in big porn by making it ever more difficult for anyone else to be involved in creating erotic film.

Equally this prevents a very large constituency of people, both straight and otherwise from accessing material that is fundamentally harmless.

Fae added:

If politicians had even a smidgeon of concern for individuals involved in porn, they would be talking to those already working in the industry and identifying what THEY want to make their workplace safer. As it is, Cameron’s enforced introduction of filters has made it far harder for young people — especially LGBTQ youth — to obtain vital information and to explore their personal sexuality.

The principal beneficiaries of the government’s initiatives in this area have been large US and China based filtering businesses. The government have made no-one safer: they have almost certainly done harm to vulnerable people.

(*) The charmed circle is the idea, proposed by Professor Gayle Rubin, that sexuality can be divided into that which is privileged by society, and is located inside the circle, while all other non-privileged sexually was located outside, and in opposition to it. Within the circle, broadly, are to be found straight, monogamous, vanilla, sex without the use of any aids.