This Film is Not Yet Rated (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

This Film is Not Yet Rated 2006

Directed by Kirby Dick

Kirby Dick’s gleeful assault exposes the hypocrisy, inscrutability, cronyism and downright wackiness of the all-powerful unregulated, United States film censorship board, the MPAA.

USA In English
97 minutes DigiBeta

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Shana Hagan, Kirsten Johnson, Allan Palmer, Amy Vincent

Editor

Matthew Clarke

Sound

Frank Smathers

With

Darren Aronofsky
,
Maria Bello
,
Atom Egoyan
,
Mary Harron
,
Kimberly Pierce
,
Kevin Smith
,
John Waters

Festivals

Sundance, SXSW 2006

Elsewhere

In most western democracies film censorship is a governmental operation and citizens are well advised to guard the processes from the direct interference of politicians. In the United States film censorship stays in the hands of those who produce the most profitable films. The MPAA film ratings board is a secret, unregulated organisation whose studio-appointed members claim no qualifications other than being ‘American parents’. Kirby Dick’s gleeful assault exposes the hypocrisy, inscrutability, cronyism and downright wackiness of the all-powerful board. Their decisions and processes definitely favour the studios, as South Park producer Matt Stone can testify, having challenged them from both inside and outside the system. Dick stalks board members, illustrates the board’s misogyny and homophobia in artfully compared clips, and rounds up a posse of filmmakers and industry insiders. They regale us with their injuries and their insights into a system that treats freedom of speech as a market commodity of dubious value. — BG

“Kirby Dick is our fucking hero.” — Eric Campos, Film Threat