Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

I spit on your grave again.

Just a quick update on the kerfuffle surrounding the banning of Meir Zarchi’s lovely I Spit on Your Grave. Ger Connolly, the acting classification officer, has issued the following cautious statement: “IFCO does not wish to be drawn into what …

Wed, Sep 22, 2010, 15:38

   

Just a quick update on the kerfuffle surrounding the banning of Meir Zarchi’s lovely I Spit on Your Grave. Ger Connolly, the acting classification officer, has issued the following cautious statement: “IFCO does not wish to be drawn into what appears to be a publicity drive on the part of the film’s director, but stands over the decision to prohibit I Spit On Your Grave (1978) for sustained, graphic and brutal sexual violence.” Hmm? It is true to say that the distributors have done a very good job of getting the information about the media. The IFCO has, moreover, confirmed that the company in question has, somewhat unusually, so far failed to request that the decision be put before the independent review body.

So, the folk behind I Spit on Your Grave — repeating strategies employed in the original video nasty controversy — may be using the ban to help promote a DVD. So what. If you don’t want them to behave in that fashion then don’t prohibit sales of their product.

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