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"Performance" The Trials of Oz (1991)

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Good ensemble cast recreate british watershed

Author: greybear-1 (
1 July 2003

Following the rather highbrow legal dispute over Lady Chatterley's Lover in 1963, the Oz trials legitimised the 60s counter-culture in the UK, with representatives of Swinging London, from cult DJ John Peel (still going, bless him) to jazz-man and art collector George Melly, called upon to give evidence in defense of the Oz editors, who, perhaps naively, had given over control of the magazine to some schoolboys - who of course produced and printed some of the most hilariously and/or disturbingly obscene material to be found on the shelves of a UK newsagent. The great cast make the most of their cameos as real people, while the court transcripts and re-enactments meant that those of us who never got hold of the offending copy of Oz can see what all the fuss was about: and it still provokes laughter, horror and a deep unease about the British school system.

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