form y The Devil's Playground single work   film/TV  
Alternative title: Pearl of the Pacific
Issue Details: First known date: 1929... 1929 The Devil's Playground
AustLit is a subscription service. The content and services available here are limited because you have not been recognised as a subscriber. Find out how to gain full access to AustLit

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

An obscure film, The Devil's Playground was a romance set on a South Sea island populated by corrupt white colonists and cannibalistic natives.

The Chief Commonwealth Censor (then Mr. W. Cresswell) refused an export license on the grounds that the film met four out of five stipulations under which a film could be denied export.

Namely, it was deemed

  • blasphemous, indecent, or obscene
  • likely to be injurious to morality or to encourage crime
  • likely to be offensive to the people of the British Empire
  • undesirable to the public interest and/or detrimental or prejudicial to the Commonwealth

The film does not appear to have achieved a commercial release in Australia, either.

See 'Australian Film. Leave to Export Refused', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 1930, p.17.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Last amended 18 Sep 2014 12:52:21
  • South Pacific, Pacific Region,
    Powered by Trove