The 1970s - Censorship

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An item in Exposure 70 was Mona Brand’s wordless script with a little old lady and a policeman moving among various statues and sanitising them. A chisel is taken to Michelangelo’s David.

In the same show Brand’s “Goodbye, Mr Chipp” included references to Swedish films then popular at festivals. As he sings, the Minister snips film and puts frames into his pocket:

One little scene when it gets a goin’

Can other folks quickly deprave

One little snip cuts out that shot

Never mind about the plot

Whoa – oh – chip, chip.

Another little snip – chip, chip

You join them in a clip.

As Minister for Customs and Excise, Don Chipp largely abolished the censorship of printed material and introduced the “R” certificate for films, allowing previously banned films to be shown to adults.


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