Tomorrow night (October 23), we’re delighted to have Michelle Baker speak to the group. Michelle is an Advisor at Office of Film and Literature Classification, where she runs the Office’s websites, social media, and handles all manner of inquiries from people. Her super power is falling asleep pretty much anywhere, especially in movie theatres (but not when she’s watching them for work). Movies, dinosaurs and karaoke are some of her favourite things.
Her talk is titled “What the **** – a brief tour through New Zealand’s censorship history”
The media which our society produces and consumes has always been cause for debate about the effects, positive or negative (though more often than not focussing on the negative), on its audience. From the influence of the written word on perceptions of religion and politics, to the concerns over films chipping away at society’s moral fibre, to the debates over whether video games make people violent – the media, who accesses it and who stops them has been a constantly evolving and ongoing story both in New Zealand and around the world.
What our society deems to be okay – and not – is reflected in the way films, books and other publications are classified. New Zealand has had film censorship legislation since 1916, and there have been some interesting (and occasionally odd) decisions assigned to various things over the last nine or so decades. Do you know about the unusual (and unique) decision assigned to the 1967 film Ulysses? Why was a book of rugby songs banned? Just how many drink cans have been classified in New Zealand? Come on a brief tour of some of the highlights (or lowpoints?) of New Zealand’s censorship history.
For tickets, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-wellington-girl-geek-pizza-dinner-tickets-13596997987 . Hope to see you there!