SYDNEY — The Sydney Film Festival has abandoned plans to screen “Ken Park” after being refused an exemption from the pic’s ban.
The Office of Film & Literature Classification nixed the pic, which depicts sex among underage kids, and an appeal was turned down by the Board of Review.
Attorney General Bob Debus ruled he must uphold an agreement by state and territory censorship ministers that precludes fest screenings of films that have been refused a classification.
Fest director Gayle Lake said the board decided an illegal screening would be counterproductive and could affect the fest’s future status. The film was to have screened at the State Theater today and Wednesday.
It will be replaced by a forum and debate on censorship today, in which the pic’s co-helmer, Larry Clark, will participate via satellite; and on Wednesday “American Splendor” will unspool.