Official movie poster
|Directed by||Ken Kwek|
|Produced by||Ken Kwek|
The Butter Factory
|Written by||Ken Kwek|
Tan Kheng Hua
|5 October 2012(Singapore premiere)|
Sex.Violence.FamilyValues is a 2012 award-winning film by Singaporean director Ken Kwek.
Comprising three short stories, Cartoons, Porn Masala and The Bouncer, the film was shot over a two-year period at The Butter Factory, a major nightclub in Singapore, whose owners financed the project. The individual shorts were screened at more than a dozen international film festivals, and Porn Masala won the Audience Choice Award (Short Film) at the 2011 Gotham Screen Film Festival in New York.
Billed as "three dirrrty stories from the world's cleanest city", Sex.Violence.FamilyValues is described by its makers as a film that "pitches political correctness out the window of Singapore mainstream cinema."
Cartoons is a dark comedy about a disturbed child whose kindergarten headmistress discovers the boy's penchant for drawing morbid cartoons.
Porn Masala is a satirical farce about a pornographer who casts an Indian actor in his movie after mistaking the latter for an African.
The Bouncer tells the story of nightclub bouncer whose life is upended when he encounters a rebellious teenage poledancer.
In June 2012, Sex.Violence.FamilyValues was acquired by distributor Cathay Cinemas, making it the first short film to obtain a solo theatrical release in Singapore. However, a day after its premiere on 5 October 2012, Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) revoked the film's M18 classification and banned the film following complains from Indians who had viewed the trailer containing the racial content, alleging that Porn Masala contained scenes which were offensive to Singapore's Indian community.
The ban sparked a public furore in Singapore and abroad. Numerous film festivals where Porn Masala was screened defended the film and issued statements of protest against the ban. In Singapore, Members of Parliament questioned the MDA's eleventh hour u-turn in the state's legislature.
On 11 January 2013, the Films Appeal Committee overturned the Board of Film Censors' decision and lifted the ban. However, it stopped short of reinstating the film's M18 classification, saying that some references in Porn Masala may still be construed as offensive to Singapore's Indian community. Instead, it announced that the film would be given an R21 rating subject to edits by the filmmaker.
The Singapore version of the film was completed and passed by the MDA on February 2013, and was released on 14 March. However, within a week of the release, the film made headlines again when it was banned by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia and withdrawn from the Asean International Film Festival & Awards, where it was due to be screened on 28 March.
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