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No Sex In New Zealand

For New Zealanders,                                                        For Australians.


  • Flawless editing too - I'd have never noticed if you didn't draw my attention to it!
  •  =) 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Room At The Top 1959. For New Zealanders ambition was fine but certainly not lust, but in Australia you could have both.

  • No lust in 1959? Not quite sure my soon-to-be pregnant mother would agree with that statement...

  • Australian daybill of Poor Cow ( 1967 ) and how the daybill ended up being presented in New Zealand,

    Rather than repeat all the information details on this title, it can be located on the thread 'Snipes'.

    Simon-King Of the Witches ( 1971 ). Original  U.S.A. one sheet film poster and the same censored one sheet as used in New Zealand when the film was released there. The U.S. censorship rating understandably was crossed out but the N.Z. censor objected to ''The ceremonial sex"' wording which was also removed from the poster.

    The Australian daybill  issued after the film was passed for public exhibition in Australia in 1974. The Australian censor apparently didn't object to the original U.S. wording. 

    What I am starting to believe is that Australia had a major problem with horror violence depicted on film posters, but in New Zealand it was sex related images and wording that they mainly censored on imported film posters.
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    HONDO said:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Room At The Top 1959. For New Zealanders ambition was fine but certainly not lust, but in Australia you could have both.

    Another copy of the Australian printed for New Zealand distribution daybill. Interestingly here though the words 'lust and' were no censored. Someome in New Zealand didn't do their job then?


    Planet Of The Apes ( 1968 ). Original Australian first release daybill and the same daybill design aimed for New Zealand usage, minus the Australian censorship rating. The original wording of ''forced to mate'' removed in New Zealand.


    The Rough And The Smooth ( 1959 ) ( aka Portrait Of A Sinner in the U.S.A. ). Due to their track record I am very surprised that none of the taglines on the above film poster were censosed by the New Zealand censor when the film was screened there. 


    The Last Shot You Hear ( 1969 ). Original U.S.A. insert poster and a daybill used in New Zealand. The word sex a no-no. so replaced by hate.
  • *note to self* scratch travel plans to New Zealand. Apparently they've taken both the old and the new zeal out of it.

    Cool ongoing thread, Lawrence - thanks!

    Good call on the absence of lust in '59, David. I'm glad you're here in spite of it.  :)

  • Thanks for the compliement Rock and stating that  you are enjoying this thread. 

    What I have found is that New Zealand censors banned more films on sex grounds than Australia ever did. and the posters from outside sources that they censored were mainly altered on images and wording regarding sex and realistic violence.

    Horror films and posters didn't seem a problem with them. Horror films appeared to have been passed without any problems after cuts, and their associated posters appeared untouched by removals of any images or wording.  

  • Something For Everyone ( 1970 ). An Australian daybill printed for New Zealand distribution, without the Australian censorhip or distributor's details, along with an Australian one sheet.

    I wasn't able to locate a printed for Australian usage daybill to compare, but I would be certain the tagline '' The butler did it... to everyone!'' is wording that would have been originally printed on the censored in New Zealand daybill, that has been covered over in black. Those N.Z. censors were tough.
  • Thanks John for posting the original Australian daybill image.

    As I had thought it was the wording ''The butler did it...  to everyone!'' that was removed, Interestingly on the New Zealand version the wording THE BUTLER HAD ''something for everyone' was added to the poster to replace it.
  • gee NZ was a but shy back in the day

  • Alfie Darling ( 1975 ). Original Australian daybill and the New Zealand censored version of the daybill.

     A snipe was applied for New Zealand usage to cover over the Australian censorship, but mainly it appears the number one reason  was to cover over  an objectionable tagline.

  • Every Home Should Have One ( 1970 ). Original Australian daybill and the same daybill as it finished up in New Zealand.

    The New Zealand censorship department really had a field day here with the adjustments that were required to be made to the original Australian daybill.


    The above material was frowned apon in New Zealand and therefore removed. As usual no mention of the word sex was acceptable there, and heavens above lace frilly panties were certainly a no - no.
  • You just have to shake your head...
  • I think we are looking at this all wrong.
    They just had a lot of black paint they needed to do something with!

  • Previously removed, now the complete original Australian daybill image of Something For Everyone has returned. 


    She Didn't Say No ( 1958 ) original British country of original U.K. quad poster, and an Australian daybill, which was also titled She Didn't Say No here in Australia, but altered for New Zealand useage to a more conservative title of We Are Seven. This was the name of the novel from which this film was adapted. 


    The Girl On A Motorcycle ( 1968 ). New Zealand one sheet poster printed for the N.Z. distributor International Film Distributots Ltd. with similar artwork used on the U.S.A. one sheet. 

    From the following image one can see what offending wording the N.Z. censorship snipe was used to cover over. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ( Wil )                                                                                                                                              

    Bitter Harvest ( 1963 ).  Australian and a censored New Zealand daybill of this film. The sheet covered, apparently  appearing nude underneath image of Janet Munro removed from the neck down with another tagline replacing it for New Zealand usage.
  • These censored NZ posters should be a collection in and of themselves!

  • And they keep coming.

    Goldfinger ( 1964 ). An original Australian first release daybill and the same style poster that was censored and used in New Zealand.  On the N.Z. version, and apart from the heavily censored section at the top of the poster, the back and partially exposed right breast of Shirley Eaton's character has been covered over as well. Interestingly, and not on the original Australian version, the word 007 was added nicely ( by New Zealand standards ) )  at the top of the poster.

    An original U.S.A. 3 sheet style of poster that was apparently used in New Zealand. 

     ( Wil )

    This 3 sheet section of the full poster was displayed at a cinema in New Zealand, but nothing else known about the screening. As in the case of the daybill the same censorship took place along with the adding of 007. The history behind  this style of poster material being used would be fascinating to learn about, but alas, apart from speculation, the answer I am certain will remain a mystery forever.
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    Anybody For Sex? ( 1973 ). Original Australian daybill  and the New Zealand daybill produced for the film in a more acceptable designed version suitable for displaying there. Normally Australian daybills from BEF would have been used but was decided against in this case. 
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    The Night Porter ( 1974 ). Original U.S.A. one sheet poster ( not international style ) which apparently was used in New Zealand for its release there. Following it is the same style of poster which was then censored and altered.

    This section was covered over with the R certificate rating. Also the American rating has been covered over and two unreadable stamps, which appear to be the same, have been applied to the poster as well. It would be interesting to know what they had to say.

    The Australian style one sheet.


    The Damned ( 1969 ). The original MAPS  Australian daybill, followed by a different MAPS printed  design that appears to me was printed for New Zealand usage only. The reason for a different design than what was printed for Australia is unknown. Was if censorship related or something else altogether one has to wonder?

  • An extra thought about above The Damned N.Z. daybill. Is there something not quite right with this poster?

     The green background section at the top of the poster I am thinking was added to cover over another image. You will notice the section is slightly wider than the small burning image underneath it. After the new image section was added  I believe that the drawing of the extended top of the fire that had been showing originally on the poster was added in again on the replacement section.

    Looking at the poster, the top and the bottom sections of the poster aren't compatible at all in my eyes. Anyone else like to comment?


    Barry McKenzie Holds His Own ( 1974 )  original Australian daybill and the Australian printed for New Zealand version. 


    Barry McKenzie Holds His Own ( 1974 ) original Australian one sheet and the Australian printed for New Zealand version

    How the two posters were displayed in New Zealand, after some censorship was applied.

    Example one. 


    Original as printed section and then on N.Z. daybill version and N.Z. one sheet version after censorship applied.

    Example two.

    Original as printed section and then on N.Z. daybill version  and N.Z. one sheet version after censorship applied.

  •   ( trademe )

    The Haunted Strangler ( aka Grip Of The Strangler in the U.K. ) ( 1958 ) original U.S.A. poster artwork, and the similar artwork used in New Zealand for their poster artwork. If you look closely at the N.Z. poster you can notice the image of Vera Day's character appearing on the U.K. poster has been painted over. The horror and hanging images were o.k., but the partly exposed woman wasn't apparently suitable for N.Z. sensors tastes.

    The main problem Australian censors had with motion pictures for many decades was their dislike of horror films. Across the Tasman though. in New Zealand the main problem that seemed to concern their censors the most was sexual content.
  • I'll be in NZ for the next few weeks...will let you know if there's still a ban on sex

    Rotten To The Core ( 1965 ) Original Australian daybill, and but look where they placed the New Zealand censorship rating on the daybill when released there. 


    The Loved One (1965 ) Original Australian daybill, and the same distributed in New Zealand daybill with their different choice of censorship placing.

    The offending image that needed to be covered over.

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