None of 38 cinemas allowed to show R(A) films in HDB estates
The Straits Times
| Mar 21, 1995
By: M. Nirmala
ONLY 38 out of 111 cinemas in Singapore are licensed
to screen R(A) movies, and none of them are located in Housing Board
Of the films approved for first viewing, 15 per
cent are rated R(A). If repeat viewings, an indication of viewership
level, are included, R(A) movies receive 13 per cent of viewership.
Information and the Arts Minister George Yeo
gave these figures on Friday to assure MPs that R(A) movies were
Even the advertisements of R(A) movies in the
newspapers, which took up about 20 per cent of advertising space,
were "severely controlled", he said.
To Mr Peh Chin Hua's (Jalan Besar GRC) objection
to the semi-nude and nude scenes in the PG-rated movie Nell, which
the MP said should have been R(A)-rated, Brigadier-General (NS)
Yeo said he would refer the matter to the Films Appeals Committee.
But he said there was no blanket ban on female nudity, even in PG-rated
movie. "It depends on the context and whether it is exploitative."
He cited the documentary series on the
Shaka Zulu on television, which contained pictures of topless women.
But it was not censored as the nudity was neither lewd nor exploitative,