Backlash’s Moral Panic Film Club

Join us in an evening of disgust and moral panic to raise funds to support Backlash UK’s academic, legal and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression. On Friday February 7th, 2014, we are holding a night of previously banned or heavily edited films, talks, open discussion and music. All money raised will go the increasing amount of court cases that Backlash has been asked to assist with.


When: Friday, February 7th 2014, form 7pm till late.


Where: Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE


Tickets: available on the Hackney Attic website shortly.


Early bird: £10 (for first 100 sold) Regular: £15 The evening will consist of film, talks and round table discussions by specialists including our solicitors, external campaigners and academics, then music and drinks until closing time!


Why not suggest some films you would like to see, by perusing the following links of previously contraband / heavily edited films and making a suggestion?


Why a fundraiser? As Backlash becomes better known, more people are turning to our solicitors for help. Court cases are costly but important affairs, because they ensure that our defendants get a fair trial by being represented by specialist lawyers who defend adult’s freedom of sexual expression; their right to participate in all consensual sexual activities and to watch, read and create any fictional interpretation of such in any media.


The current moral panic has resulted in Backlash’ solicitors’ expertise being increasingly on demand to advise and often, represent, people charged with crimes that go from the possession of extreme images of consenting adults, to OPA charges of creators of artistic content and sexual discrimination at employment tribunals. Here are some cases successfully defended by Backlash:


Michael Peacock (#ObscenityTrial) – sex worker, prosecuted for distributing gay fisting pornography under the Obscene Publications Act 1959. Found not guilty by jury in Southwark Crown Court in January 2012.


Simon Walsh (#Porntrial) – former aide to Mayor Boris Johnson and barrister specialising in police misconduct. Prosecuted for possession of images of a private adult sex party, in which he was a participant under the “extreme pornography” legislation in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. Found not guilty by jury in Kingston Crown Court in August 2012.


#TwinkTrial – A gay man of high professional standing, charged by CPS in November 2012 with possessing pornographic images of alleged underage participants. Case dismissed months after evidence of no underage participants shown, 1 November 2013.


Andrew Holland (# Tiger Porn ) – prosecution for the possession of a videos of an alleged tiger and a woman under the “extreme pornography” legislation in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. Case dismissed in Mold Crown Court in January 2010 after it was found that it was not a real tiger and the purpose of the video was comedy.