FrightFest 2010 A Serbian Film Controversy UPDATE

FrightFest 2010 A Serbian Film Controversy UPDATE

Rodrigo Cortés Buried did in fact replace Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film here at the FrightFest 2010.

Before I launch into the review of Buried, it’s necessary to clear up much of the misconception about why A Serbian Film was pulled. FrightFest organiser Alan Jones said that Westminster Council queried the film’s screening with the FrightFest and that the council went on to say that it would need a BBFC certificate if it was to be shown.

After much to and fro, the film would have to be re-submitted for classification with 3 minutes and 48 seconds of cut footage, totalling over 49 cuts, with no guarantee that more cuts would be needed, said Jones.

All this behind the scenes malarkey would have to occur over the FrightFest 2010 festival dates, meaning there was no guarantee the film would be ready – even in a redacted form.

Jones said that Revolver, the film’s distributor, remains committed to releasing the film in the UK as near to the director’s original intention as possible. He went on to say the film was challenging and that talented film makers needed to bring to light difficult issues even though the end product could be controversial.

I was truly interested in seeing A Serbian Film. I have never been to Serbia. I know very little of the issues the people living in the country face or how any of its recent history impacts on the population.

At the same time, I know very little about A Serbian Film – it could be complete rubbish with graphic violence masquerading as social commentary, or it could be something which peels back my eyelids and exposes me to a real world horror I never knew existed.

The point is, is that as a consenting adult who’s paid the price of admission to view a piece of work, I have the right to make up my own mind. As a director, Srdjan Spasojevic has the right to put his arguments across with the requisite anger he feels is necessary to shock people out of their complacency. Somewhere in the middle of that arrangement between director and audience member, we reach an understanding about what the film is and whether or not it has achieved its aims.

For Westminster Council to make that judgement on my behalf is very nice of them, but I’d prefer to think for myself all the same. The film has already been shown around the world without interference and will continue to be rolled out to other countries without incident.

Just why should London be the exception?

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