Ant Timpson – “The ABCs of Death” R18 DVD “contains sadistic violence…” and more

Anthony Timpson – known as Ant Timpson, a New Zealand Film maker who is co-producer of a horror anthology – The ABCs of Death – is currently campaigning to raise money to help a US teacher Sheila Keams fight against her convictions on felony charges she received for showing his unrated film to US school children, some as young as 14, in Spanish language classes. In January 2015 Kearns, 58, was found guilty of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and has received a jail sentence of 90 days.

The film produced as a DVD comprises 26 short films – each with different directors and each dealing with a different horror death scenario based on a different letter of the alphabet – is unrated in the USA. Media are reporting it is replete with “explicit sex scenes and features gory deaths”.

In New Zealand the 129:43 min long film was submitted on DVD format to The Office of Film and Literature Classification by the Film and Literature Board of Review and was classified as a restricted R18 film for NZ audiences, on 25 March 2013. It is classified ” Objectionable except if the availability of the publication is restricted to persons who have attained the age of 18 years“. The Censor’s descriptive note states, contains “Sadisic violence, drug use, offensive language and sex scences“. The NZ distributor of the film is the New Zealand Film Festival Trust.

In 2012, friends Ant Timpson, founder of the Incredibly Strange Film Festival, and Tim League, founder of Fantastic Fest and the Alamo Drafthouse, joined forces to produce the incredibly ambitious, possibly insane, horror anthology The ABCs of Death.


Ant Timpson – NZ film-maker supports jailed US teacher for screening his unrated film

ANTHONY TIMPSON – known as ANT TIMPSON, a New Zealand film-maker, is fighting to free a US teacher jailed for showing his unrated horror film  THE ABCs OF DEATH – containing explicit sex and featuring gory deaths – to US school students, some as young as 14..

Grandma and substitute teacher Sheila Kearns, 58, showed the Kiwi produced flick to a class she was teaching in Columbus, Ohio two years ago. The film remains unrated  in the USA

Anthony Timpson said his film is intended for adults. But Kearns showed it to students as young as 14 in five Spanish language classes.  Kearns was dismissed from the school and its board reported her to police.

She was arrested on five felony charges and in January this year was found guilty of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles [referred to as “objectionable material” under NZ censorship law].

She received a jail sentence of 90 days. Timpson thinks she was wrong to show his film to teens.

As a parent Ant Timpson claims he wouldn’t want his children watching it.

‘It tells a tale of mortality with each letter. It’s a really warped spin on the classic children’s alphabet book,” he said.

But he is now campaigning to free her.

“Initially I just thought you do something really stupid and you’ve got to pay for that mistake but after learning more about the case – she’s lost her job, she’s got no career, she’s been in limbo ever since the story caught worldwide media attention.”

He claims the punishment was too extreme for her crime.

” It’s absolutely absurd to send a 58-year-old grandmother to jail for showing a movie.” [Read more…]

Court ruling on claw-backs by liquidators welcomed

‘Common sense’ decision may prevent liquidators from re-claiming payments.

A Supreme Court ruling that clears up a contentious area of insolvency law could put a hand brake on liquidators trying to claw back funds from creditors paid out before a company collapses.

One liquidator who was not involved in the case, Damien Grant, said yesterday’s decision meant there would be less distributions from liquidations in the future.

A lawyer who was on the losing side of the litigation, Kevin Bond, said directors of insolvent companies may now be encouraged to make preferential payments to creditors who have leverage over them.

On the other hand, representatives of the construction industry hailed the Supreme Court’s judgment as a “victory for common sense” that would come as a relief to “thousands of businesses”.

The unanimous decision from Justices Sian Elias, John McGrath, William Young, Susan Glazebrook and Terence Arnold concerned voidable transactions, where liquidators claw back money from individuals or companies who were paid up to two years prior to their appointment.

It follows a Court of Appeal decision from 2013 that caused many people concern, particularly in the construction industry.

That ruling, according to those in the sector, meant that unless a contractor or subcontractor was paid upfront for work done for a company later found to be insolvent, the funds could be recovered by a liquidator. [Read more…]

T-shirt classified “objectionable” by Chief Censor now in Canterbury Museum exhibition

The Press (13/02/15) reports:

Warning: The story below contains material some readers may find objectionable.

A Canterbury Museum exhibition is sparking outrage ahead of its display of a banned t-shirt depicting a graphic image of a nun and explicit abuse of Jesus.

The image and words are printed on a t-shirt that appears in the T-Shirts Unfolding exhibition, which opens at the museum tomorrow.

Entitled Vestal Masturbation, the shirt is the design of English heavy metal band Cradle of Filth.

On the front it shows an image of a masturbating nun while on the reverse it has the phrase “Jesus is a c***”.

Christchurch’s Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews questioned why the t-shirt needed to be included in the exhibition at all.

Cartoons and ridicule of the prophet Mohammed had led to violence and outrage in Islamic countries, and the public needed to consider whether what happened here could “have repercussions across the globe”.

“At a time when we are seeking ways to reconcile extreme views in the international community, this exhibit could feed the accusation that the West is morally bankrupt,” she said.

“The inclusion of this t-shirt as art in an exhibition is a conversation for the wider community with issues of mutual respect, common decency and what the public wants and does not want.”

Catholic blogger Brendan Malone said in a blog post that a museum should bring a community together, but Canterbury Museum’s decision to hold this exhibition was “irresponsible” and would “result in unnecessary harm” to the public.

“Canterbury Museum has chosen to make itself a place that fosters intolerance and division – and what’s worse; as a ratepayer I am being forced to fund this intolerant and divisive behaviour.”

He questioned whether the museum would display a t-shirt that “attacked and ridiculed Islam” in the same way.

Malone also launched an online petition on asking for Canterbury Museum to “remove the hateful t-shirt” and “stop dividing the community”.

The petition said the museum should act with more community responsibility and respect for its local funders by removing the t-shirt from its exhibition.

More than 600 people had signed the online petition by 9.30am today. [Read more…]

Schools at odds with parents over HIV information obligation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation, a registered charity, says it is against the law to require families to disclose a child’s status.

Parents of children with HIV are under no legal obligations to inform their child’s school – despite several schools having a policy insisting that they do.

About 50 children enrolled in schools have HIV, according to Shaun Robinson, executive director of the charity.

The Herald conducted an online search of schools after revelations a New Zealand father who had refused to seek treatment for his 9-year-old son, who has HIV, was being taken to court by a district health board.

The board is seeking guardianship of the boy so treatment can be administered. The boy’s father has not told him, or his school, that he has HIV.

A number of schools – primary, intermediate and colleges – state on their websites that head staff must be notified of any child with HIV.

One school said the principal, board of trustees and the school’s guidance counsellor should know if a child was carrying HIV. Other schools’ websites said they would not exclude or discriminate against children with HIV/Aids or any other blood-borne viruses.

But the decision was up to the child’s parents, said Shaun Robinson.

Source: NZ Herald on line 9/02/15.

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