United Kingdom: Horror film featuring neo-Nazis terrorising Jewish family banned

24 April 2015


A British film censorship board has banned a U.S. horror movie that contains scenes of neo-Nazis terrorising a Jewish family. The movie, ‘Hate Crime’, depicts anti-Semitic thugs breaking into the family’s home and mutilating and sexually abusing family members, according to the Chronicle.

The British Board of Film Classification ruled that a substantial part of the 70-minute film was ‘unacceptable’, and therefore could not be shown in cinemas or released on DVD, even if the controversial scenes were cut.

American director James Cullen Bressack wrote and directed the film, which was screened in the United States in 2012.

“I find it unbelievable that a film that shows little to no on-screen violence and no nudity was actually banned,” responded Bressack. “It just shows the power of what is implied and people’s imagination; and is a testament to the fact that the same crimes that happen in the world are truly horrifying.”

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United Kingdom: Theatre poster banned from the Tube

London Underground has banned a poster for the play Bad Jews after it ruled it may cause “widespread or serious offence”.

The poster contains the name of the show, three cast members fighting and some press quotes.

Producer Danny Moar said the decision seemed like censorship, adding that the play “could not be less ant-Semitic”.

“Half the cast are Jewish, I’m Jewish, the writer [Joshua Harmon] is Jewish and the word ‘bad’ in the title, in so far as it matters, doesn’t mean ‘evil’ – it means ‘non-observant,’” he said. The play received a five-star review from the Jewish Chronicle.

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