Don’t get the wrong idea folks, but I loved Larry Clark’s “Bully”. Ok, so it was an onslaught of sex, drugs, more sex…and Rachel Miner getting it on like a poodle on heat, but besides that, it was a stellar flick. Intense, Daring, Memorable. Nick Stahl was frickin marvellous in it – scarier than a pot-smoking Grandma, if you will. Anything Director Larry Clark’s got in the works – I’m first in line to see.
Though, if it’s a cinema queue us Clark fans hope to be in – it definitely won’t be one at an Australian Cinema, with word from Dark Horizons that Clark’s new film “Ken Park” has been banned from release here. Ouch!
The site reports, “The Australian Office of Film & Literature Classification has effectivey banned the controversial new Larry Clark film from distribution of any kind in Australia by giving it an RC (Refused Classification) rating. The film follows four dysfunctional teens in suburban California and contains several scenes of underage teens engaged in pretty graphic sexual activity – graphic enough that "In the Classification Board’s view, this film deals with matters of sex in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that it should be refused classification". What makes this even more idiotic is the fact that the ‘release it unrated’ option doesn’t exist in this country. Unlike other major Western countries such as the US where certain films are released in cinemas and on video/DVD without a rating or classification, by law everything released here including films, videos and computer games have to be given a rating otherwise they don’t get released. Ironically in giving the film an RC classification, the attention drawn to the film is now higher than it ever would have been had an R-18 been handed out. As a result of the ban, the organisers of the Sydney Film Festival have been forced to remove the film from its slate”.
Checking the web for more info on the film, I found a piece from the BBC, saying the film was also pulled from London theatres.
Here’s a synopsis of the film [courtesy Yahoo! Movies] :
“Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn (James Bullard) seems to be the most conventional. Tate (James Ransone) is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude (Stephen Jasso) is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches (Tiffany Limos) looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They’re all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another’s family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation – the result of suburban ennui, a teenager’s inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments.”