In 2009, IFC films released a sequel to the film “The Human Centipede”. “This sequel is about someone becoming obsessed with a DVD copy of the original film, recreating a “centipede” like the one shown, and raping the woman at the end in grotesquely sadistic and cruel ways.” (Bradshaw, 2011) The movie was banned in Britain by the BBC for its graphic and unnecessary portray of sexual violence and of course the fact that people had to force poo in each other’s mouths.
The decision by the British government saw controversy in the public sphere regarding issues of censorship, and so the debatable topic rises again. The director has responded furiously: “My dear people it is a fucking MOVIE. It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief [sic]. It is art. Give people their own choice to watch it or not.”
In Australia however, the movie got the tick of approval which was surprising to the film distributor but also the public. ”I will admit we were surprised by this one,” Mr Hellwig said. ”There are a couple of questionable scenes involving controversial or taboo acts that have in the past seen a few films either require cuts or be banned”. (Taylor, 2011) It was announced that the Australian censorship agencies didn’t ask for any cuts or trimmings, and so the theatrical release was uncensored. The Classification board had given the movie a rating of R18+ to be air in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Unfortunately, in December 2011, the rating was abolished. After cutting out some of the footage from the uncensored version, the movie was rated again.
A common response in public sphere over the debate was the fact that there were different versions all over the world and the restricted access of some countries. Should the government have the power to restrict us access? What does this mean for censorship and freedom of access? This was the debate risen from the controversial movie.
The common response to this was to downed pirated copies from different sources. “Reist and other pro-ban advocates may argue that fewer people will see the film in the public domain, in cinemas next to cafes, bars, schools and book shops, which is true. But no sane person would argue that fewer people will now obtain it illegally.” (Buckmaster, 2011)
Buckmaster 2011, Human centipede II: why banning violent films creates a new kind of monster, Crickey, viewed 9th April 2014, <http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/12/02/banning-human-centipede-ii-infamy-lasts-much-longer-than-fame/ >
Mueller 2011, ‘Human Centipede 2’ sparks debate in censorship, The Marquette Tribune, viewed 9th April 2014, < http://marquettewire.org/2011/10/13/tribune/marquee/centipedes-and-censorship/ >
Bradshaw 2011, Human Centipede II: should it be banned, The Guardian, viewed 9th April 2014, <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jun/08/human-centipede-banned >
Taylor 2011, Censor lets Centipede crawl in, Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 9th April 2014, <http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/censor-lets-centipede-crawl-in-20110820-1j3jr.html >