Australian Film Censorship Protest
There was not a huge crowd. The event was planned thinking the OFLC was still in Elizabeth St, which would have been rather busy on a Monday lunchtime, but the Surry Hills backstreet which hosts the OFLC's new headquarters was quiet.
Still, people from several radio stations turned up; they took turns
interviewing Tony before the actual sale commenced.
The seven videos being sold were Salo, I Spit on Your Grave, Hustler White, Baise-Moi, and Pink Flamingos - all Refused Classification and hence banned in Australia - and two X-rated videos - illegal to sell or screen except in the Australian Capital Territory (but sold openly in adult shops across Sydney). All of them found buyers - I'd wanted a copy of Salo, but he was asking $50 for that and I didn't have enough money on me, so I ended up buying one of the X-rated videos for $5 instead.
In the absence of television cameras, Tony opted out of calling the police and being arrested. Given he was facing a potential fine of $7000, that seemed sensible to me.
This was obviously not a major event, but there should be a few stories on radio about it, which will help to raise awareness of the issue. I also gave one interview about Net censorship, using the ridiculous application of film classification guidelines to all Internet content as the starting point.
The reason this is an issue that attracts so little attention is that censorship law is so poorly enforced - one has to suspect adult shops are paying protection money to the police.