Film critic Margaret Pomeranz will be part of a public discussion on censorship at UNSW this week.
She will be joined by copyright lawyer Raena Lea-Shannon to discuss censorship, film classification and in particular the movie Mysterious Skin.
The movie caused controversy in Australia in 2005, when the Australian Family Association called for a review of its classification, seeking to have the film outlawed due to its depiction of pedophilia. Australian Family Association spokesman Richard Egan described the film, which he had not seen, as a "how-to manual" for paedophiles. The six-member Classification Review Board voted four-to-two in favour of maintaining an R18+ rating.
Margaret Pomeranz is a television producer and co-host of At the Movies on ABC Television. She has worked as a screenwriter, a producer and an executive producer of a number of television programs. She is a past President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and is currently Vice-President of Watch on Censorship.
Raena Lea-Shannon is a Partner at Frankel Lawyers. She has published widely on entertainment and media law, is a member of Watch on Censorship, and represented Mysterious Skin.
The discussion is part of the annual postgraduate symposium, Living Memory: Remembering, Reinventing and Forgetting , which is being hosted by the School of English, Media and Performing Arts this week (Thursday 16 and Friday 17 October).
What: Films on the edge: Censorship, film classification and the mysterious case of Mysterious Skin
When: 12 till 1.30pm, Thursday 16 October
Where: Robert Webster Building, Room 327
Those wishing to attend the event should RSVP to Jodi Brooks on 9385 5635.