Thursday, March 21, 2013

Baned in 2012 back in 2013: Sex.Violence.FamilyValues

The award-winning film Sex.Violence.FamilyValues was banned by the Singapore government in 2012 for its allegedly "racially offensive" content. But following a successful appeal by its producers, the film was released in Singapore on March 14, 2013. According to, the 47 minutes long made-in-Singapore anthology of 3 short stories has already chalked up a healthy S$10,000 on its opening weekend:
Previously banned, the local film sparked debate when the Media Development Authority (MDA) revoked the licence of the film less than a week before its original release last year. Now it will now get an extended run at Cathay for one additional week following sturdy box-office sales. 
“The fact that the number of audiences has made Cathay expand screenings is obviously nice to me as a filmmaker,” Kwek told Yahoo! Singapore over the phone. 
“But the film being 3 short stories coming in under an hour, it’s a weird thing, an unusual product,” the 33-year-old added.
Source : Director Ken Kwek pleased with success of Sex.Violence.FamilyValues ‘experiment’
 Several scenes in the movie prompted Media Development Authority to review and ban the movie. In one of them, in short movie named ‘Porn Masala’, a scene shows a Chinese director played by Adrian Pang lets loose racial jibes at an Indian actor played by Vadi PVSS.

Below is the theatrical trailer of the movie.

BANNED in 2012. BACK in 2013. Sex.Violence.FamilyValues - theatrical trailer from Ken Kwek on Vimeo.

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