When Sari Braithwaite decided to make a documentary that would be solely comprised of censored film clips, her aim was to free the ”stolen relics etched in celluloid” from the tyranny of government control.
Between 1958 and 1971, all possibly upsetting material, sex and violence were cut out from films imported to Australia. No one bothered to inform the audiences that their viewing experience had been tampered with. When Braithwaite started to compile her documentary [CENSORED] from archived and cut material, there was a desire to reveal the untold control and show how many sensual, mystic and counterculture-depicting scenes were secretly left on the editor’s table. Braithwaite believed that these cut scenes would not shock modern people but would prove the lost ruggedness of films.
The archives did not offer the sense of freedom that Braithwaite was expecting. Similarly repeating scenes of violence and watching them one after the other takes the documentary even deeper: to the ultimate philosophical questions of what we want from a film, what kind of a role does a fantasy-filled voyeurism have in a film experience and what is the power of a film maker.
Juulia Jaulimo (Translation: Miia Mäkelä)
Subtitles: English (for the hard of hearing)
- Director: Sari Braithwaite
- Country: Australia
- Year: 2018
- Length: 65
- Age limit: K16
- Format: DCP
- Editing: James Arneman
- Music: Munro Melano
- Production: Chloé Brugalé, Sari Braithwaite / Arenamedia
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