Story: Censorship

Segregated audience at a screening of Ulysses

Segregated audience at a screening of Ulysses

Male and female audience members are segregated by a rope barrier at a screening of the film Ulysses, at the Memorial Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington, in 1972. When the film, an adaptation of a novel by Irish writer James Joyce, was released in New Zealand in 1967, the censor considered the language used would be offensive in mixed company. He therefore decided it could only be shown to segregated male and female audiences. The university audience of 1972 may well have found this legal requirement somewhat amusing.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1972/3506/15A

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Peter Clayworth, 'Censorship - Censorship and a changing society, 1930s to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 January 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014