AS IT HAPPENED: Court drops X rating, allows Inxeba to be screened in cinemas under 18SNL rating pending review

2018-03-06 09:58

The matter involving the film, Inxeba (The Wound), has been postponed to March 28, which will be heard as an urgent application, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled. In the meantime, the movie is allowed to be screened at cinemas with an 18SNL rating.

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The matter is called up.

Budlender:"This is a matter involving a film that has been prevented from being screened in the movies. A draft order has been agreed upon that the matter be heard on March 28 as an urgent matter." 


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Advocate Dali Mpofu SC is representing CONTRALESA while Advocate Steven Budlender will be representing Indigenous Film Distribution and Uhuru Media. 

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Inxeba producers ask court to intervene in porn rating matter

The producers of the film, Inxeba (The Wound), will on Tuesday ask the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to overturn its porn rating.

In a statement released by Mad Moth Communications, David Alex Wilson said the producers of the film, through their attorneys Webber Wentzel, filed an application on February 24 for an urgent interdict to overturn the reclassification of the film.

The Film and Publication Board Appeals Tribunal overturned the original classification of 16LS and gave the film a rating of X18, classifying the film in the same category as hardcore pornography, Wilson said.

The film, which is about a gay relationship set in the context of a Xhosa initiation ceremony, was pulled from cinemas after it was slapped with a X18 classification.


06 Mar 09:59

ICYMI: SASF joins Inxeba producers in court challenge over porn rating

The South African Screen Federation on Friday said it would be joining the producers of the film Inxeba when they approach the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to get its porn rating overturned.

"In a gross violation of the right to freedom of expression, the film is now effectively banned in the country after a decision that smacks of apartheid-era censorship," said SASF spokesperson Rehad Desai.

In a statement, Mad Moth Communications' David Alex Wilson said the producers of the film, through their attorneys Webber Wentzel, had served a lawsuit on February 24 seeking an urgent interdict to overturn the reclassification of the film.

The Film and Publication Board Appeals Tribunal overturned the original classification of the 16LS and gave the film a rating of X18, classifying it in the same category as hardcore porn, Wilson said.


06 Mar 09:59

ICYMI:Film and Publication Board releases reasoning behind changing classification of Inxeba

Earlier this month The Film and Publication Board's (FPB) Appeal Tribunal overturned the classification rating of 16LS given to the film Inxeba (The Wound) and gave it a rating of X18.

This rating change means that the film can no longer be screened in local cinemas. 

The reasons for the ruling - which were not given at the time - were revealed by the South African organisation on Friday afternoon via a statement on their website. 

The producers of the film have expressed their disappointment at the ruling and their desire to fight it. 

 

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