One of the most notorious films in recent cinema - French arthouse shocker Baise-moi - gets a rare screening tonight (and Sunday) as part of week three of World Movies' Sexual Evolution.
Directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi and starring adult actresses Karen Lancaume and Raffaëla Anderson, the uncompromising thriller - which follows two disenchanted sex workers on a rampage of revenge - stirred up a nest of controversy when it arrived in Australian cinemas in early 2002, largely thanks to its brutal depiction of rape and hardcore, unsimulated on-screen sex.
Having been initially passed by censors with an R18+ rating, Baise-moi came under fire from Australian family groups, who lobbied to have the film banned from cinemas - and succeeded. The film was refused classification in May 2002 and ordered to be pulled from screens, though several cinemas in Sydney and Melbourne continued to play it. Baise-moi was banned again on DVD in 2013, and screened in an edited, R18+ version on World Movies that year.
In her 2002 review, Margaret Pomeranz called it "an uncompromising exploration of two women of the underclass angry at society in general and men in particular."
See for yourself what all the fuss was about: Baise-moi screens on World Movies tonight at 8:30pm and again at 1:45am Sunday morning.
Here's Margaret and David talking about the film on The Movie Show back in 2002 - and in particular, making a sensible case for access to movies in light of the then-current censorship controversy.