Australia gets censored cut of Bruno!

The Australian cut of Sacha Baron Cohen’s raunchy comedy Bruno has been toned down to receive an MA15+ classification after originally being rated R18+.

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat, and was not at all disappointed. It was as hilarious and filthy as you can imagine (look forward to a review next Monday). However, despite the invitation’s R18+ rating, I had noticed most television advertisements for Bruno promoted a lesser MA15+ classification.

It turns out that the MA15+ cut of the film was actually screened at the premiere, and lacked some of the raunchy moments from the official American theatrical release. It will be this edited cut that will be theatrically released across Australia.

A representative from Universal has stated that only seconds worth of material has been snipped from the Australian cut. In my research I have discovered that the cuts were made from an early sequence between Bruno and his pygmy boyfriend (which already features a particularly shocking moment involving a bottle of champagne).

The final running time of the Australian cut of Bruno has not been altered, although the film is now rated MA15+ for strong sex scenes and nudity, crude humour and coarse language. It was previously classified R18+ for sexual activity and nudity.

For what it’s worth, the MA15+ cut of Bruno is still ridiculously jaw-dropping. If you can get a talking penis in an MA15+ film, Lord knows what you can get in an R18+.

A couple of weeks ago I reported the censoring of the Australian cut of The Hangover. Roadshow (that film’s distributor) avoided an R18+ rating by removing a shot of one character’s penis engaging in sexual activity.

I understand the reason why these blockbuster comedies are aiming for an MA15+ rating instead of an R18+ rating in Australia (especially when it can almost double the potential box office grosses). However, I can’t help but feel disappointed when we miss out on the real cut of a film.

Discuss: Are these censored Australian cuts a scary new trend? Are the OFLC being too conservative by forcing the studio’s hand to cut the extra raunchiness?

11 Responses to “Australia gets censored cut of Bruno!”

  1. I am here to display my outrage!Damn the OFLC! Then again, this was the studio's choice. It is a pity they cannot release two cuts to select cinemas. 1 cut, 1 uncut, make your choice consumer.Oh well…

  2. FGS you'll be able to download the uncensored version within weeks. I don't know why the OFLC bother. Although the muting of a bone cracking can get you a MA15 rather than an R18 so its all a load of cobblers. Even though I have no desire to see Bruno I believe censorship in this country is out of control – don't get me started on them trying to censor the internet.

  3. I will refuse to see it at the cinema, and wait for the unedited DVD release, out of principle. I want to see, not just this movie, but any movie, the way the creator intended.

  4. Apparently an uncut penis is more likely to contract STD's such as AIDSTrue fact.

  5. I would like to express by disappointment about the Michael Jackson sequence being deleted from this film. MJ is dead – so what, people die everyday (good people at that). He was a very strange character with some serious mental health issues mainly that he liked little boys!! I think it is a shame that we can't see Bruno's work in this area – boo hoo to sensitivity, MJ had his chance at life and BLEW IT.

  6. Damn straight. The OFLC chases perfectly good australian spending dollars overseas because consumers want to see their media the way it was intended. Witness the massive swathes of money that game developers missed out on because we took our spending money online to get the unaltered versions of Grand Theft Auto, Fallout and Silent Hill.You would think that studios would keep a closer eye on how the OFLC chips away at their bottom line, regardless of the whole censorship/artistic/ issue.

  7. The OLFC requires more powers, including the power to clean and filter the internet from revolting, obscene and abhorrent phenomena in breach of laws… that is obvious… some things simply do not and ought not be seen… The Internet ought not be a device to circumvent the very things that are illegal had they occurred in plain view on the street… as technology evolves, censorship laws will be enforced in a more blanket way… which is perfectly fine… grow up and evolve…

  8. Anonymous, take your Dudley Do-Right pronouncements and your social piety, you closet-case, and migrate to some country that already appreciates them, like North Korea.

  9. to anonymous – that might be the scariest comment I've ever read on these boards. someone who actually welcomes censorship? i thought only ridiculous movie stereotypes did this (like the ones who blame violent murders on heavy metal and Se7en)?you want people to grow up, yet you simultaneously want people to have viewing decisions taken out of their hands.The OFLC do have a valuable job to perform, and that is classifying material and designating/suggesting appropriate audiences.However (with the very obvious exceptions), they should never decide what a viewer can and cannot see.

  10. Censoring a movie in any form is just not cool. If someone wants to see a movie they're gonna see the movie, and really the people that saw Bruno at the cinema were for the large part over 18, at least in the cinema I went too.It simply is taking away people's choice to see the movie that was originally offered to us because a group of people who we didn't vote for decided that they know better than us about what we want to see. I don't get how 2 seconds of film can turn an R film into an MA film anyway, it all makes no sense

  11. If Bruno was banned then I could see the point complaining about it, but it wasn`t banned and was only cut to recieve a lesser rating. Do you people think that kids should see the un-cut version of this movie? geez, Im all for freedoms for adults, but think we should draw the line when it comes to kids. MA15 is open to all ages with a parent there.

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