Melbourne Underground Film Festival director Richard Wolstencroft has been charged by the local police force for screening Bruce LaBruce's hardcore splatter flick, LA Zombie.

Melbourne Underground Film Festival director Richard Wolstencroft

Wolstencroft screened the film last August, despite a ban by the country's classification board. Shortly after the screening, his home was raided by police looking for copies of the film.

Yesterday Wolsten responded to the charges in a press release:

“It is unfortunate that the year has begun with charges being laid against me and MUFF in relation to the screening of LA Zombie at the close of last year’s successful festival,” Wolstencroft said, defending his decision to screen the film on anti-censorship grounds.

LA Zombie is a film made by a well-renowned and established queer filmmaker, Bruce LaBruce, who has had his work played at a number of established film festivals all over the world.”

“Our only intention was to play this important work of cinematic art to an appreciative adult audience after its screening was cancelled by the Melbourne International Film Festival due the OFLC’s absurd decision not to grant it exemption to screen.”

“We strongly reject the decision of the OFLC in this matter, considering it totally inappropriate and out of touch with community standards. Our screening at MUFF 11 went ahead and was a great success.”

An edited version of LA Zombie screened at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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