The Canberra Times brings the intriguing news that the Canberra International Film Festival doesn’t plan to follow the brave lead of the Melbourne Film Festival and screen “The 10 Conditions of Love” (Trailer above).
With such controversy surrounding the film one might think that audiences would be allowed to see it for themselves? Or perhaps the Festival organisers would at least see it for themselves? But no. The CIFF’s Simon Weaving (does he still write reviews for the CT?) had this to say:
- ”I wouldn’t select a film simply because it was popular because of some controversy,” he said. ”For me that would undermine everything that we stood for. The word out there is that it’s not a great film. I really respect [Radio National’s specialist movie critic] Julia Rigg’s opinion and she called it a hagiography.”
So, regular CIFF goers… has there never been a bad, but controversial film? Never been a hagiography? I’m rather curious about this.