Critical Writing Index

Provincial Censorship

by Lorraine Kenny

Afterimage, Nov. 1984, v. 12, no. 1, pp. 4, 20

AFTERIMAGE comprehensively profiles the long and continuing saga of film and video censorship in Ontario, an issue fought over by the Ontario Board of Censors (OBC) and the Ontario Film and Video Appreciation Society(OFAVAS), but which is also in the hands of federal and provincial courts and the Ontario legislature, after the establishment of the OBC's Ontario Theatre Act in 1980. Giving a brief history of the two opposing establishments, this piece then outlines the rights of the OBC to approve, prohibit and regulate public screenings of films and videos, including the power to cut parts of films and outright ban them from public consumption. In turn, it describes the criticisms of the OFAVAS, particularly its indictment of the fact that the Theatre Act leaves other mediums exempt from this kind of censorship. Mentioning the confiscation of videotapes by the OBC from Toronto's A Space Gallery and a denied screening at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the context of the Summer Against Censorship, the article also talks about Bill 82 and the pending Court of appeals trial, in which the OBC is up against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

ITEM 1984.117 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

And Now A Message From Our SponsorAl Razutis

Rameau's NephewMichael Snow

The Art of Worldly WisdomBruce Elder

Not a Love StoryBonnie Klein

Framed YouthThe Lesbian and Gay Video Project

Polkadots and MoonbeamsSandra Goldbacher

Still Life No. 1Zoe Redman and Steve Littman

The Way We AreBelinda Williams

Tense/Shout (Drowning in a Sea of ImagesJeremy Welsh

Confused: Sexual ViewsPaul Wong