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Friday, 16 March, 2001, 15:38 GMT
Bradford courts film controversy
A scene from Baise-Moi
Baise-Moi was temporarily withdrawn in France
Baise-Moi, a film which caused outrage on its French release and has been banned in some Canadian Provinces, receives its first British showing on Friday.

Also being shown is Wes Craven's horror film Last House On The Left, which has been banned in Britain since the early 1980s.

The Bradford Film Festival screenings will precede a debate on censorship featuring the Director of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), Robin Duval.

One scene from Baise-Moi has been cut by the BBFC, while Last House On The left remains uncertified after it was withdrawn under 1980s "video nasty" legislation.


Baise-Moi was written and directed by two women, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Thrin Tie.

If explicit sex is what people are looking for, they would not come to see these films

Bradford Film Festival spokesman

The story of two women who take up a life of violent crime after one of them is raped, it attracted such criticism on its release in France it was temporarily withdrawn from cinemas.

In February it was given an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification after the removal of one shot.

The BBFC felt the film in its original form was not suitable even for the R18 porn film classification.

Still from Baise-Moi
Baise-Moi: Cut by the BBFC

Last House On The Left tells the story of two parents who stage gory revenge killings after their daughter is raped and murdered by a gang of convicts.

It was the 1972 directorial debut of Scream director Wes Craven and produced by Sean Cunningham, who later produced the horror film Friday the 13th.

Serious discussion

A spokesman for the Bradford Film Festival emphasised that the screening were to promote a serious discussion of film censorship:

"I think people appreciate that it is part of a discussion where they can make their views known to Robin Duval of the BBFC."

The spokesman denied that the films would attract viewers in search of titillation.

"I would think that if explicit sex is what people are looking for they would not come to see these films, because there's a plentiful supply on the internet."

The discussion which follows the films will include writer John Martin, the Reverend Stephen Brown and Phillip Bergson of the BBC World Service and Critics Circle.

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