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The Wild One

When:

Fri 18 Nov 2016, 7:00pm–8:20pm
Sat 26 Nov 2016, 7:00pm–8:20pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Screening as part of "Censored - 100 Years of Film Censorship in New Zealand."

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.

"'The Wild One' is a 1953 American film directed by László Benedek and produced by Stanley Kramer. It is most noted for the character of Johnny Strabler (Marlon Brando), whose persona became a cultural icon of the 1950s. 'The Wild One' is considered to be the original outlaw biker film, and the first to examine American outlaw motorcycle gang violence." – Wikipedia entry

A controversial film on release in the 1950s, it was banned in many countries, including New Zealand. Here it failed to pass the censor five times between 1954 and 1959, before finally being passed with R16 certificate in 1977. An example of censorship for moral reasons: "[t]he film was banned because of concerns about teenage motorbike gangs and teenage behaviour in general." – History of Censorship in New Zealand Timeline (http://www.censor.org.nz/resources/history/1954.html)

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