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Australian film pulled after causing fights

Sunday, 01 Mar 2009

Australian film The Combination has been pulled from cinemas in Sydney after it began causing fighting at various screenings.

The controversial work directed by David Field is set during the city’s race riots, which flared between Australian Lebanese groups and white youths throughout the Cronulla Beach area in 2005.

The riots, which were initially restricted to specific localised areas, gradually worsened and eventually caused widespread damage to businesses and communities.

It began after assaults on several lifeguards at Sydney beaches before spreading to mass rioting and violence across several suburbs and the issues are still thought to cause deep-lying unrest within the area.

At recent screenings, arguments between patrons have led to some fighting – prompting cinema chain Greater Union to withdraw the film from release at its four Sydney screens.

Fighting initially erupted outside the Parramatta branch on Thursday night – with the scenes repeated on Saturday.

The cinema’s general manager Robert Flynn said the move had been enforced to « maintain the safety and security of our staff and patrons ».

Australian Film Syndicate managing director Allanah Zitserman said the decision to pull the critically-acclaimed film was « devastating for everyone involved, especially for the audiences ».

In a statement, she added: « Although we do not support the decision by Greater Union to pull the film from its New South Wales sites, we respect and understand their position. »

Despite its absence from Greater Union cinemas, The Combination – which uses genuine news footage during the film – continues to be shown at a number of other locations in the area.

Violence flares over race movie

1 mars 2009

A film set during the race riots that hit Australia four years ago has been pulled from cinemas in Sydney after fights broke out during screenings.

The Combination centres on tensions between gangs of Australian Lebanese and white youths in Sydney’s western suburbs in 2005.

It was pulled by one of Australia’s cinema chains, Greater Union, after violence flared outside two cinemas.

The Australian Film Syndicate (AFS) called the move « unprecedented ».

Greater Union said it had cancelled screenings of the film in all four of its Sydney cinemas after violent incidents in its suburban Parramatta cinema on Thursday and Saturday nights.

« Maintaining the safety and security of our staff and patrons is our main concern and priority, » Greater Union general manager Robert Flynn said in a statement.

AFS managing director Allanah Zitserman said Greater Union’s decision to pull the critically-acclaimed film was « devastating for everyone involved, especially for the audiences ».

Retaliatory attacks

She said in a statement: « Although we do not support the decision by Greater Union to pull the film from its NSW sites we respect and understand their position. »

The Combination, directed by David Field, is set in late 2005, when ugly race riots between white and Lebanese Australians flared at the city’s Cronulla Beach.

They sparked a series of retaliatory attacks in which shops, churches and cars were targeted

The film uses actual news footage from the riots as it follows the fortunes of a Lebanese Australian man who is trying to guide his younger brother away from ethnic gang violence.

Ms Zitserman said: « [It] is a powerful, critically acclaimed work that has touched a nerve with the Australian public and deserves to be seen by everyone. »

The film can still be seen at other cinema chains in New South Wales state, as well as cinemas in other Australian cities.

Sydney Race Riots Movie Causes Race Violence in Sydney

03/01/2009

« The Combination », a film set to the backdrop of the 2005 Sydney race riots, has been pulled from a chain of cinemas throughout Sydney after one showing caused racial violence to break out after certain screenings.The chain, Greater Union, said in a statement that, « Maintaining the safety and security of our staff and patrons is our main concern and priority. » The film depicts the violence that broke out between Lebanese and white youths in Sydney’s suburbs.

« The Combination » tells the story of a young Lebanese Australian man who tries to pull his younger brother away from the dangerous gang scene. It uses actual news footage from the Cronulla riots and has become critically-acclaimed.

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