The review application for the re-classification of controversial film Inxeba “The Wound” is currently underway in the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria.
The film producers approached the court after the Appeals Tribunal overturned the Film and Publications Board’s (FPB) rating and gave the movie an X18 rating. The Film and Publications Board had initially given the movie a 16SL rating.
The X18 rating by the Appeals Tribunal meant that the film was effectively rated as pornography and could only be viewed at adult stores.
However early in the month all parties agreed on a temporary draft court order to allow the movie to return to cinemas on a rating of 18SL.
The film producers however want the court to return the original FBP rating of 16SL. They argue that the Appeals Tribunal never followed proper procedure in rating the movie X18.
The film producers also allege that they were never given an opportunity to make oral submissions by the Tribunal.
The Appeals Tribunal is opposing the review application arguing that the film has no artistic or dramatic merit. The Tribunal maintains that the X18 rating is correct.
Contralesa as well as The Man and Boy Foundation also want the film banned.
Meanwhile the movie recently won big at the recent South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). Their biggest haul was getting the Feature Film of the year award.
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