There was no fair hearing in decision on Inxeba X-rating, says advocate

The lawyer representing producers of the film Inxeba (The Wound) says there was no fair hearing in a decision by the National Film and Video Foundation (NVFV) to reclassify the movie to X-18.

Earlier this month, the High Court in Pretoria overruled the Film and Publication Board's (FPB) decision after the film’s producers and distributor brought an urgent application to put the film back on the circuit.

Council delivered his argument in court on Wednesday.

Advocate Steven Budlender, representing the producers, has questioned whether the Film and Publication Board's appeal tribunal followed fair procedure when classifying the film.

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Eyewitness News reporter Gia Nicolaides was there.

He also says he has never seen a more blatant denial of a fair hearing because he said the film was given an X-rating without hearing the producers first.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

He says he does not believe the sex scenes are graphic and detailed because no genitals were shown.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Meanwhile, the appeals tribunal says it did comply substantially with the procedures, arguing the scene depicting sex between two men is graphic.

We have had the appeals tribunal coming in with Advocate Viwe Notshe who says the fact that the film and publications board cannot rescind the decision of the appeals tribunal means that they are a higher body and that they did comply with the substantially with the procedures to rate it 18.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

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