In the days before legalised porn, the restrictive laws in Britain proved to be a huckster’s paradise, with scams, cons and rip-offs the order of the day.
The Free Speech Campaigners Are Oddly Silent About Sexual Expression
The vocal demands for free speech and political efforts to bring the likes of PayPal under control seem to become very quiet as soon as you mention sexual freedom.
Strictly Censorship: The BBFC Gets A New President
Newsreader and Strictly Come Dancing winner Natasha Kaplinsky is now in charge of the organisation that decides which films you are allowed to see.
Hellcat Mud Wrestlers And Foxy Boxers: The Knock-Out Blow For The British Sex Film
The long and winding road of British smut cinema came to a bitter end in 1983 as the genre bowed out on a new creative low.
Police Raids In The Last Days Of Obscenity
A personal memoir of falling foul of Manchester’s over-zealous Obscene Publications Squad – and fighting back.
Censorship’s Lack Of Appeal
The British video censorship appeals process has always been set up to be as difficult and costly as possible – and new ‘simplifications’ do little to change that.
Last Straw Dogs On The Left – The Inconsistencies And Double Standards Of The BBFC
The story of two controversial movies and their rather different experiences at the hands of film censors who seem to make up the rules as they go along.
The Obscenity Trials Of The Century
Two high-profile British trials in 2012 attempted to draw a line in the sand over what was acceptable sexual behaviour between consensual adults.
The Strange And Elusive Pleasures Of HVC
Looking back at Britain’s most outrageous and chaotically inept television channel, the home of sex and violence, banned movies and disrupted broadcasts.
Adult Entertainment’s Death By A Thousand Cuts
Mastercard imposes new rules on adult sites in order to crush them under the weight of administration.
Half Cocked: The Rise And Fall Of John Wayne Bobbitt
The strange story of how one man lost a penis and became – fleetingly – a celebrity and porn star.
Netflix Help Keep The BBFC Relevant – And This Is Nothing To Applaud
Dodgy research and a lust for glory hands more power to Britain’s film censors.