Film censorship has always been a controversial matter, particularly in jurisdictions with restrictive state-based censorship systems. This book reviews the film censorship system in the Asia-Pacific by comparing the systems used in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. It identifies the key issues and concerns that arise from the design and implementation of the system by examining the censorship laws, policies, guidelines and processes. The book evaluates film practitioners’ and censors’ opinion of, and experience in, dealing with those issues, and goes on to develop reform proposals for the film censorship system.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Film Industries in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia in their Socio-legal Context 3. Film Censorship Systems in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia: The Laws, Guidelines and Processes 4. Film Censorship Systems in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia: The Key Issues 5. Film Censorship Systems in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia: The Practitioners’ Opinions and Experiences 6. Judicial Review of Film Censorship Decisions 7. Conclusion: Proposals for the Reform of the Malaysian Film Censorship System and Further Research
Saw Tiong Guan currently teaches at the Faculty of Law at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also an independent film director and producer.