Zombie Porn Raid

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According to http://www.theage.com.au/, Victoria Police raided the home of Richard Wolstencroft, the director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF), seeking a copy of the prohibited film LA Zombie. The gay-porn-horror movie, by Canadian underground filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, was screened by Wolstencroft before about 200 people on August 29 despite effectively being forbidden from public exhibition in Australia. However what’s strange is that Richard Wolstencroft’s home was raided, nearly two months after he held the public screening of the movie.

Richard Wolstencroft is now expected to face a court date over what police say was “exhibiting and possessing an unclassified film.”

Wolstencroft has been an advocate for freedom of expression and has taken a defiantly anti-censorship position in the past. In 2003, MUFF, with Wolstencroft at the helm, attempted to show a controversial film by Holocaust denier David Irving but they shelved the plans at the last minute due to security fears and the mounting controversy surrounding the screening.

Wolstencroft appeared to be quite shaken by this morning’s events saying. “I’ve never been charged with so much as jay-walking,” he told Fairfax. “I find the situation that a little festival is being pursued in this way quite distressing and depressing.”

“If the police turn up and physically stop me, what can I do?,” Wolstencroft said before the screening. “But they really hate coming to this sort of thing, they’re embarrassed.”

Police say the home was raided “in relation to exhibiting and possessing an unclassified film” and that Wolstencroft is expected to face court at a later date.

Wolstencroft says he has not yet been charged, but is worried he will get a criminal conviction and not be able to travel to the United States.

“As a working filmmaker I travel to America. I’m talking to Hollywood producers about doing my next film – that’s a major concern,” he said.

He went on to say,

“We were waiting for them (police) to turn up; we had a stand-by film we were going to play as a replacement film,” he said.

“We tried to play a lesbian film a few years back and the police did turn up at the screening. I thought something similar would happen here if they had a problem with the screening.”

“I have a personal collection of DVDs. I have the entire MUFF archive here – there must be 10,000 DVDs in my house,” he said.

“They threatened to take all this and obviously it would be held up for six months. It was just ridiculous.”

He says the banning of LA Zombie is a prime example of Australia’s censors going too far.

“There is no way this film should be banned. It’s a major work of art,” he said.

“I’ve seen video installations at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Gallery in Canberra that have been more offensive, more outrageous,” he said.

“It’s playing at major film festivals – the Locarno Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.

“If this was playing in a gallery, there is no way the police would come anywhere near it.”

1 Comment
  1. Harald Dohrn says

    Richard Wolstencroft’s commitment to free speech is fairly dubious given that he recently had my blog shut down for exposing him as a racist extremist and Nazi apologist. I have a new version of it at: http://richardw777.blogspot.com/

    It’s a shame that a worthwhile cause is going to be poisoned by its association with a hypocritical neo-fascist.

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