This petition was written in an (evidently futile) attempt to convince the Irish Film Classification Office to allow a release on the 1978 film 'I Spit on Your Grave'. For an expanded piece on the film, please see my writing under "Review Archive"
In 1978, director Meir Zarchi released his film 'Day Of The Women'. The film deals with the rape of a young woman (Camille Keaton) and her violent revenge against her rapists. The film made little money and quickly left theaters. It gained infamy when it was re-released in 1980 under the title 'I Spit on Your Grave'.
Critics have bashed the film for its violence, nudity, and roughly 30-minute long rape scene. However, fans of the horror genre have taken a liking to the film and denied that the film is exploitative, and claiming that the violent nature of the film was necessary to tell the story.
Many nations, such as Ireland, Norway, Iceland, and West Germany, banned the film altogether, claiming that it "glorified violence against women". In the United Kingdom, the film was branded a "video nasty". It appeared on the Director of Public Prosecutions' list of prosecutable films until 2001, when a heavily cut version which extensively edited the rape scenes was released with an 18 certificate.
The film received its first Blu-ray release on 20 September 2010 in the United Kingdom. It is the most complete version released in the UK, but it is not uncut - cuts of almost three minutes were required for an '18' rating.
However, The Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) has again banned the film from the sale. Having been banned for many years in the country, the new Blu-ray and DVD of the uncensored film has been prohibited from purchase by retailers due to the nature of the film.
The IFCO website states that the film is "Prohibited in accordance with Section 7 of The Video Recordings Act 1989 on the grounds that in the opinion of the Acting Director of Film Classification it depicts acts of gross violence and cruelty (including torture) towards Humans"
Given the content of the film, this does seem valid. However, it should be noted that the 2010 remake of the same name, has been passed (albeit with several minutes cut) with an '18' certificate in Ireland. The 2010 remake is generally considered to be far more graphic and violent than the 1978 original.
As such, there is no reason why the 1978 film (a film that is nearly 40 years old) should still be banned in Ireland while the far more graphic 2010 remake is not.
I request that the original film is allowed to release in some form in the Republic of Ireland. This film being available will not cause any harm to the nation, or the people residing within it.
This film is a work of art. You may not like it, but you don't have to like art. Art is subjective. What is to one man a "vile bag of garbage...without a shred of artistic distinction", may to another man be an amazing work accomplished with skillful directing and powerful acting.