Censorship In Ireland: The Public Speak

A VoxPop study of public attitudes towards strict film censorship in 1964.

It’s 1964 and times are changing. But in Ireland, they were changing rather more slowly than elsewhere and so news reporters took to the streets to ask the public – is film censorship too strict? The results are much as you might expect when people are stopped in the street and asked for an opinion on something that they probably haven’t even thought about until that point.

It’s a sobering sight to see people actually talking about British film censorship as something to aspire to but the BBFC was positively liberal compared to Irish censorship at the time. Those who wanted a system similar to the UK’s must be pleased to see that now the BBFC and the Irish censors rarely divert from each other (because nothing reveals the random vagaries of censorship more than having two conflicting age ratings on the same disc cover).

This time capsule is an amusing look back at a culture struggling between traditional Catholic morality and the emerging sexual revolution when even Bond movie posters were censored (with Ursula Andress having a dress painting over her bikini lest she inflamed passing cinemagoers).

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  1. They do seem to mostly agree on films, but TV series do seem to have differences quite often, although I’ve never been able to work out what excites the one over the other.

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