Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: 'Of Good Report', Sugar Daddies and Vavi

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Now that you can finally watch the most talked-about film in South Africa without breaking the law, the previously-banned 'Of Good Report' was screened to media in Johannesburg and Cape Town on Tuesday. The film is quite clearly no reasonable person's idea of child pornography, as the Film & Publications Board claimed. But it also raises questions about "consent" in a sexual context, which has troubling relevance to the Vavi context. By REBECCA DAVIS.

Let's cut to the chase: Of Good Report is not remotely pornographic. Indeed, those of a prurient mindset, who the FPB's ruling will probably send flocking to the film in the hope of being treated to lashings of explicit sex, will likely leave the cinema deflated. The sex scenes are short, tame (one features both parties fully dressed) and by no reasonable person's stretch of the imagination could they be considered gratuitous. Indeed, if you are of a delicate disposition, you are likely to be more offended by the violence in the film than the sex. There is a scene where a woman's corpse is strung up by its feet, close to the end of the film, which is quite jolting...

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