Thailand bans gay movie
Thailand’s official censor has banned the commercial release of Insects in The Backyard, a gay-themed film directed by Tanwarin Sukkhapisit.
The film had its premiere recently at the Vancouver festival and has played twice at the Bangkok Word festival. But the censor board yesterday ruled: “the film’s content goes against public order or morality.”
About a transvestite father’s upbringing of two teenagers, the film includes explicit scenes of masturbation and fetish sex between the teenagers and their paying clients.
Sukkhapisit told a local newspaper that she will appeal the ruling, but is not prepared to make cuts in order to get a release. Sukkhapisit applied for the 20- rating, which restricts a film to audiences aged 20 and older. “This film is not supposed to be viewed by those younger than that,” she told The Nation newspaper.