Story: Censorship

Scenes removed by the film censor, 1956

These photographs show some of the scenes removed from films by Chief Film Censor Gordon Mirams in 1956. Mirams had a genuine interest in 'art' films but was concerned about the influence of violence in movies intended for younger audiences. He was particularly worried by films that might encourage juvenile delinquency, such as The wild one, which he banned, and Rebel without a cause, which he gave an R16 certificate.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Morrie Hill Collection (PAColl-4814)
Reference: 1/2-177115-F; 1/2-177117-F; 1/2-177116-F; 1/2-177119-F
Photographs by Morrie Hill

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Peter Clayworth, 'Censorship - Censorship and a changing society, 1930s to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014