No cuts for sex-addiction film

SINGAPORE - A movie that was pulled from cinemas last year because its director refused to cut a sex scene will now be shown uncut but in limited screenings.

Shame, a drama about sex addiction starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, will be exhibited by the Singapore Film Society on Saturday and Feb 3.

The screenings, however, will be limited to members of the film society.

The Media Development Authority's Board Of Film Censors has given the uncut version of Shame a rating of R21, meaning only those aged 21 or older may attend.

Last year, distribution company Cathay-Keris Films submitted the film to the authority in the hopes of exhibiting the film in mainstream cinemas.

The distributor was told that the film would get an R21 rating, on condition that a scene involving group sex was edited. Director Steven McQueen refused, and the film was withdrawn from the market.

Shame is a character study of Brandon (Fassbender), a man driven to pursue sex as a means of avoiding his own issues. Fassbender was nominated in the Best Leading Actor category in the Golden Globes and in the Baftas.

A Media Development Authority spokesmantold Life! that the uncut version had been passed this time because of the special circumstances of the screening.

"For film festivals, we do allow some leeway during classification as they attract a niche audience for their limited screenings and the primary purpose of such events is to promote film appreciation," says the spokesman in an e-mail.

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