That whole Juno/Genie thing isn't the only film news making waves in Canada, and I must say -- this round of news is worse. The Globe and Mail reports that the government is looking to increase restrictions on film tax credits to help cut graphic sex and violence, while an evangelist takes credit for the whole crackdown. "Canadian Heritage officials confirmed yesterday they will be 'expanding slightly' the criteria used for denying tax credits to include grounds such as gratuitous violence, significant sexual content that lacks an educational purpose, or denigration of an identifiable group. More details are promised next week." Well, that's certainly vague, worrisome, and really ... BS. But why should you care?

Think about the work created by the likes of David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, and the other filmmakers who have made international names for themselves with their cinematic art -- fare which does tap into the flames the government is looking to extinguish. Cronenberg is dead-on when he says: "The irony is that it is the Canadian films that have given us an international reputation [that] would be most at risk because they are the edgy, relatively low-budget films made by people like me and others that will be targeted by this panel." It already looks like Martin Gero's Young People F*cking, which I reviewed at TIFF, is going to be hit by these changes. Hell, it's title is one of the raciest things about it! It's about sex, but it's not some Shortbus sexfest.
Would you want a world without Crash, A History of Violence, Naked Lunch, The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, Where the Truth Lies, The Saddest Music in the World, Brand Upon the Brain!? World peace might be a bit of an unattainable goal right now, but is it too much to ask for people to use some sense in judgment? Hey, guess what -- I've watched Shortbus, and I don't have saucy orgies. I've played violent games like Thrill Kill and watched many films like Grindhouse, but I have no desire to kill or injure anyone. I have watched Trainspotting a few times and I have never done drugs. And I know I'm not the only one.