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Change to Programmed Performance: Cockfighter

Due to interesting circumstances we are unable to screen COCKFIGHTER
(70's retrospective) on TUESDAY 22 August. This will be replaced by Monte Hellman's TWO LANE BLACKTOP (1971) in a spanking new pr...

Due to interesting circumstances we are unable to screen COCKFIGHTER (70's retrospective) on TUESDAY 22 August.

This will be replaced by Monte Hellman's TWO LANE BLACKTOP (1971) in a spanking new preservation print.  Huge thanks to Universal for giving us this and to the BFI for help in sourcing it.

COCKFIGHTER contains scenes which contravene the CINEMATOGRAPHIC FILMS(Animals) ACT 1937 whereby it is a criminal offence to screen the film to the public (whether they pay or not).

We apologise for the disappointment this may cause. The film was never certificated in the UK because it was impossible to deliver a cut that would not contravene the Act.

We were unaware of this combination of circumstances when we programmed the film.

We're not chicken; it's the cinema license holder who would prosecuted and as that isn't me, I'd prefer to take the prudent route.

Ginnie Atkinson, Managing Director, EIFF

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