Tuesday, 18 February, 2020


Elton John angered by Moscow censoring hit biopic Rocketman

Elton John angered by Moscow censoring hit biopic Rocketman Elton John angered by Moscow censoring hit biopic Rocketman
Hannah Rogers | 04 June, 2019, 07:38

"A sad reflection of the divided world we still live in, and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people", said the singer.

John and "Rocketman" filmmakers released a statement after hearing Russian distributors had edited out gay sex scenes from the film.

A Russian film company called Tass has claimed that it cut certain scenes from Rocketman to comply with Russian laws.

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Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher's take on the life of Elton John, has been wowing the critics since it opened.

The local distributor said it was complying with the legislation of Russian Federation, which in 2013 adopted a controversial law banning the dissemination of "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors.

Sir Elton has previously spoken out against Russian laws banning "gay propaganda".

"It changes the perception of the view and the value of the film goes down a lot as a result", said one of them, Alexander Ilyin, describing the cuts as "censorship".

When asked whether the editing of the movie was an act of censorship, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he had not heard about the movie, did not know what scenes had been edited out or who might have recommended to do that.

Taron Egerton finally got the lead role.

However, after the film was prescreened in Moscow on 30 May, media reported that the film's distributor, Central Partnership, edited out around 5-minutes worth of scenes, notably involving gay sex and drug abuse.

The scenes cut from the movie include a male sex scene and a photograph in the closing credits of Elton John with his real-life husband.

Dozhd TV journalist Mikhail Kozyrev and cinema critic Anton Dolin, who presented the film at the Oktyabr movie theater in Moscow on May 30, said scenes with drugs, gay sex, and kissing men had been removed from the release being presented across Russian Federation by the Central Partnership film distribution and production company.

Russia's official stance is notoriously anti-gay, but Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the singer mixed praise in 2014, saying, "Elton John is an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician".

Elton, 72, is popular in Russian Federation but he has taken a tough stance on homophobia there, and sought a meeting with President Putin to discuss this.

According to John, he has been in contact with various film studios who wanted to weaken the sex and use of drugs in Rocketman, so that the biographical film could receive a so-called PG-13 rating.

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