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Revoking of film's rating: Film-maker has to wait for outcome of appeal

Published on Nov 12, 2012 11:02 PM
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Director Ken Kwek (right) and producer Tay Eu-Yen at the media conference on the banning of film, Sex.Violence.Family Values. Kwek has been allowed due process and will have to wait for the outcome of his appeal, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim in Parliament today. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

The film-maker of the movie Sex.Violence.FamilyValues has been allowed due process and will have to wait for the outcome of his appeal, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim in Parliament today.

In response to several questions by members, he said that his ministry does not believe the revoking of the film's rating sends a negative signal to budding film-makers, or that common space is shrinking.

Dr Yaacob said that film is not the only platform in which sensitive issues can be discussed, and cited the national conversation helmed by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat as another such platform.

He added that it was the prerogative of the Film Consultative Panel (FCP) to grant the film-maker an opportunity to defend his film before the rating is given. "Because we received two strong complaints - in fact, a very long complaint by one particular member of the community, we decided to convene the FCP because we think that's how the process should work," he said. "It's really up to the film-maker, as I mentioned earlier, to submit his appeal, and we will have to wait and see the decision of the appeal panel."