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The Challenges of Censorship In a Digital Age


Thu 17 Nov 2016, 6:30pm–8:20pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, National Library Building, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

This event is part of the "Censored - 100 Years of Film Censorship in New Zealand" series.

In August 1916 the Cinematograph Film Censorship Act was passed, making it illegal to show any film in New Zealand without it first being passed by the Censor. To commemorate 100 years of censorship in New Zealand Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is showing a number of films that were banned in New Zealand on their initial release, as well as hosting public events that examine the history of film censorship in New Zealand and the challenge of censorship in today's digital age.

Tonight's special event features a panel discussion at Ngā Taonga’s Wellington cinema, "The Challenges of Censorship in a Digital Age." The conversation will explore how new technologies - particularly the internet and digital distribution - are changing the nature of censorship.

This is preceded by a screening of "Banned" (John Bates, University of Auckland, 1994), a TV documentary which examines the history of censorship in New Zealand up to the mid-1990s.

"This documentary surveys censorship in all areas, beginning with the silent film era to the present day. Censorship may not have achieved what was intended and it was often the first response to changing moral and political ideas. Since the time of the early churches, everything from postcards to commercials has been banned. However, the major censorship battles coincided with the development in technology, with the arrival of film, radio, television, video and computers, all leading to increasing censorship."

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