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Mountains of censorship in Canberra cinemas?

By Kerces 2 February 2006 26

I was perusing the movies times in the paper this morning with some vague idea of going out this evening seeing as there seems to have been a sudden release of good-looking movies.

One of my vague ideas was to go see Brokeback Mountain to find out what the fuss is about (not to mention see Mr Gyllenhaal and Mr Ledger in action), although I have heard that it may actually not be a particularly good film.

Anyway, I discovered that the only cinema in Canberra screening said movie is Greater Union in Manuka.

This is a movie which has eight Oscar nominations, including best movie, best actor and best director. It stars two rather handsome young men, one of whom is even Australian. It has generated enormous publicity and I’m sure there is a large amount of people like myself who would go see it just to see what the fuss is about.

Yet none of the Canberra Hoyts cinemas, which I am reliably informed have the best screens in the city, are showing it (Electric Shadows is excused because they generally don’t show Hollywood blockbusters).

Self-censorship can lose you money guys.

[ED – Funny TSSH Review here, Hilarious Filthy Critic review here, and interesting Mark Steyn review here (down the page)]

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bonfire 3:31 pm 03 Feb 06

i miss the center cinema. that ‘disco’ that replaced it is just an abomination.

friday night late sessions at the center cinema were the BEST.

RandomGit 1:16 pm 03 Feb 06

No, just snobbish poor taste.

Cynical 12:45 pm 03 Feb 06

It was never about Censorship, or moral issues
It was always about business.
Now that Brokeback mountain is high profile, Hoyts want the bums on seats.
Hoyts Belconnen also used to play late night Bollywood, which is almost arty of them.
And they also played Kung Fu Hustle. Electric Shadows never screened Kung Fu Hustle. Was that censorship?

che 9:31 am 03 Feb 06

I apologise, gay cowboys eat pudding not pie

bad kitty no pie for you

colsim 10:17 pm 02 Feb 06

Alternately, you could swing by here and watch what happens when Brokeback Mountain meets Back to the Future (it’s a bit funny, not hilarious but worth a look 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfODSPIYwpQ

Lex 7:23 pm 02 Feb 06

Either way some cinemas are missing out – was the fourth highest in the box office in Australia but per screen it did three times better than number one (Big Momma’s House 2). http://www.infilm.com.au/boxoffice.htm

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