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Saturday 20 April 2019

New row over sex addiction film Shame

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Director Steve McQueen won't allow Shame to be shown in Singapore after cuts demanded to threesome sex scene.

Steve McQueen has stopped his controversial film on sex addiction Shame being shown in Singapore after a row over censorship.

Singapore censors ordered a threesome between the main character and two women to be shortened in English director McQueen's film - and rated it suitable only for viewers 21 and above on condition the scene was edited.

However a spokeswoman for distributor Cathay-Keris Films told AFP: "Mr McQueen feels that it is important for his work to be seen in the way it was intended and hence was... not agreeable to have his film be cut in any way. We respect his decision and as such this film will not be able to be released in Singapore theatrically."

Shame was nominated for Outstanding British Film in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards held in February.Lead actor Michael Fassbender was nominated for best actor in both the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes for his portrayal of protagonist Brandon Sullivan.

Censors of the censors of the Media Development Authority told Straits Times newspaper: "We are of the view that the prolonged and explicit threesome sex sequence has exceeded our classification guidelines."

Singapore has strict guidelines governing explicit content in media and still bans publications such as Playboy magazine.

Film ratings have been relaxed in recent years but they are still based on principles including "generally accepted social mores", "national interest" and "racial/religious harmony," according to the MDA Board of Film Censors website.

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