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GOLDEN AGE OF CENSORSHIP_ THE By Paul Hoffman

GOLDEN AGE OF CENSORSHIP_ THE
by Paul Hoffman

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Do you remember the video nasty? It is 1984 and video has just arrived in Britain's homes. With it comes a widespread distrust and fear. The parliament decides to gift sweeping powers to the chief film censor, Nick Berg. But rather than become a tool of moral hysteria, Berg has a grand plan. This novel challenges our ideas about censorship.
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GOLDEN AGE OF CENSORSHIP_ THE Summary


GOLDEN AGE OF CENSORSHIP_ THE by Paul Hoffman

Do you remember the video nasty? It is 1984 and video has just arrived in Britain's homes. With it comes a widespread distrust and fear. The public dread a deluge of porn, ultraviolence, cannibalism and dismemberment. Eager to reflect the public mood, Parliament decides to panic too, and gifts sweeping powers to the chief film censor, Nick Berg. Every film ever made has to be reclassified for home viewing. But rather than become a tool of moral hysteria, Berg has a grand plan. He will create an entirely new kind of censorship - benign, thoughtful, intelligent. First he must create a team to implement his wishes. Advertising in newspapers and magazines across the country, Berg announces a competition to find a handful of the best and the brightest. Thousands apply. Interviews, tests, rejections, more interviews, more tests follow, until only seven remain. This 'Magnificent Seven' will have the power to decide what others can and cannot see. They are tasked to reflect the very best of what can be thought and said. They will encounter the great monuments of censorship - "The Exorcist", "Cannibal Holocaust" and "Reservoir Dogs" - as well as the obscure and unexpected: "Rupert Bear" and "Little Yum" and the almost unwatchable "Nappy Love". But off-screen, all is soon not well in the inner sanctum. What Berg doesn't realize is that his prized rationale is flawed. Fault lines appear within his team of seven. And a struggle for power is set in motion which quickly leads to betrayal, madness and, ultimately, death. Paul Hoffman, a former senior censor at the British Board of Film Classification, has written a compelling and captivating novel that challenges our ideas about censorship, prejudice and the fine line between art and exploitation.

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GOLDEN AGE OF CENSORSHIP_ THE Reviews


" Moves with the pace of the best thrillers."
- "Independent on Sunday"

"From the Hardcover edition."


"Moves with the pace of the best thrillers."
-"Independent on Sunday"


"From the Hardcover edition."

About Paul Hoffman


Paul Hoffman is a screenwriter. He used to be one of the senior censors at the British Board of Film Classification. His first novel, The Wisdom of Crocodiles, is available in Black Swan paperback.

Additional information

GOR001869579
GOLDEN AGE OF CENSORSHIP_ THE by Paul Hoffman
Paul Hoffman
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2008-01-02
448
0552771740
9780552771740
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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