Sweden’s censor board chief quits

Gunnel Arrback leaves organization in protest

STOCKHOLM — After 26 years on the job, the head of Sweden’s Board of Film Censors has resigned in protest.

Gunnel Arrback has long advocated following the rest of Scandinavia by ending censorship of films for adults in Sweden.

“Censorship of films for adults is absurd,” she said, suggesting that only films meant for the under-15 crowd be examined as is the practice in Denmark.

“During the years, I have become more and more convinced that film does not have a negative effect on the audience and there has been no research that proves the opposite.”

It is still not known who will be her successor, but Arrback said that all three censors who have worked with her, also feel that censorship for adults should become a thing of the past. The last serious film to be cut was Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” in 1995.

Minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, said censorship of adult movies will be a question for the government later in the fall. Three of the government parties want to abolish censorship. Only the Christian Democrats, who have strong ties to the church, are in favor of retaining it.