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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 3, April 6th, 1949.


It is indeed nice to know that we in NZ are protected from the evil and corrupting influences which are allowed free play in other countries: that while no-one thought of looking after the welfare of the unfortunate English people, we here were guarded from that frightful film, that morbid movie, that painful picture "Brighton Rock." Just think that thousands of people, over there had no kind censor to make up their minds for them!

When the film was originally banned—or rather, when the news of its banning leaked out—there was a protest, of course, but that was by irresponsibles like Film Societies and MPs and it was soon pointed out that there wasn't any real right of appeal from this decision, anyway.

Now when the Tournament Organizers wanted a film to show at a private screening during Tournament, they thought of this. They knew that a private screening had been arranged for "Indonesia Calling" after its ban; therefore there could be no law against showing such a film. But when they went to the company in charge, they were told that "It is not our policy to show banned films."