Join us in an evening of disgust and moral panic to raise funds to support Backlash UK’s academic, legal and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression and the right to personal privacy.
Did you know that you could potentially be prosecuted for taking consensual, private pictures of yourself or your partner, if the government deems them to be obscene?
When: Friday, February 7th 2014, form 7pm till late.
Where: Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Tickets: available on the Hackney Attic website: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/Backlash_Moral_Panic_Film_Club
Single ticket price: £15
7 pm – Doors open. Welcome, by the Backlash team. The Hackney Attic comprises a screening room and bar. Meet us and our supporters and allies, while enjoying a drink.
7.30 Video Nasties: Moral panic, Censorship and videotape (2010). Directed by Jake West. A documentary that analyses the 80’s “moral panic” created by the popularisation of home video and the imagined horrors of making porn accessible to children. The threat of VHS in 1983, the horrors of he internet in 2013… how the shock of the new creates moral panics and absurd legislation in the name of “protecting the children”.
8.45. Panel: with Julian Petley, Ms Tytania, Jerry Barnett and Sarah Harman. Chaired by Myles Jackman, aka Obscenity Lawyer. Scroll down to the bottom of this page, to find out more about the speakers on the “about the speakers” section.
9-30: Break and drinks at the bar.
9-45: Film: The Devils (1971). Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed, directed by Ken Russell.
Ken Russell’s controversial take on XVIIth Century witch trials. Never shown in its original, uncensored version, the film suffered substantial cuts by the BBFC, and even more by its distributors, Warner Bros,due to its graphic scenes of a violent, sexual and religious nature.
11.30: Music, DJ and drinks.
Why a fundraiser? As Backlash becomes better known, more people are turning to our solicitors for help. Court cases are costly but important affairs, because they ensure that our defendants get a fair trial by being represented by specialist lawyers who defend adult’s freedom of sexual expression; their right to participate in all consensual sexual activities and to watch, read and create any fictional interpretation of such in any media. All money raised will go the increasing amount of court cases that Backlash has been asked to assist with.
The current moral panic has resulted in Backlash’ solicitors’ expertise being increasingly on demand to advise and often, represent, people charged with crimes that go from the possession of extreme images of consenting adults, to OPA charges of creators of artistic content and sexual discrimination at employment tribunals.
Here are some cases successfully defended by Backlash:
Michael Peacock (#ObscenityTrial) – sex worker, prosecuted for
distributing gay fisting pornography under the Obscene Publications Act 1959. Found not guilty by jury in
Southwark Crown Court in January 2012.
Simon Walsh (#Porntrial) – former aide to Mayor Boris Johnson and barrister specialising in police misconduct. Prosecuted for possession of images of a private adult sex party, in which he was a participant under the “extreme pornography” legislation in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. Found not guilty by jury in Kingston Crown Court in August 2012.
#TwinkTrial – A gay man of high professional standing, charged by CPS in November 2012 with possessing pornographic images of alleged underage participants. Case dismissed months after evidence of no underage participants shown, 1 November 2013.
Andrew Holland (# Tiger Porn ) – prosecution for the possession of a videos of an alleged tiger and a woman under the “extreme pornography” legislation in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. Case dismissed in Mold Crown Court in January 2010 after it was found that it was not a real tiger and the purpose of the video was comedy.
Who are Backlash UK?
Backlash is an umbrella organisation providing academic, legal and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression. We support the rights of adults to participate in all consensual sexual activities and to watch, read and create any fictional interpretation of such in any media.
Backlash was created in 2005 to collate evidence for an informed debate on censorship and to oppose criminalisation of ownership of material just because the Home Office finds it abhorrent.
It continues to provide legal advice and defend those caught up in these new laws, raise awareness about why the laws are wrong, won’t work, and have unintended consequences.