All films screened for public exhibition are by law classified by the Australian Classification Board. In addition to film classification, laws and regulations govern the playing of films and film trailers, the display of film advertising materials, the age at which patrons may be admitted to public screenings of films, the types of classification information that must be displayed, and the type of films which can be shown in public screenings. All cinemas should be fully conversant with these laws and regulations and how to comply with them.
The Office of Film & Literature Classification is the Government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand. New Zealand’s classification system was established by the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 and is designed to protect the public from material that is likely to be harmful, or injurious to the public good. The Act defines what is considered harmful, and establishes criteria for rating, classifying and labelling films and other publications.
The Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society is a safety net which enables our current and former colleagues to be cared for when they need it most, but we need your help to continue our work.
Founded in 1931 by people working in the motion picture industry, the MPIBS provides financial and emotional support to currently employed, or retired, members of our industry – exhibition, distribution, production or post-production – who have fallen on difficult times and have a genuine need.
Where does the money come from?
The MPIBS relies on donations from industry enterprises and individuals, particularly those who donate annually. As generous as these contributions are, the current level of annual donations needs to increase to meet the continuing call on the Society’s funds.
What level of support is provided by the MPIBS?
There is no set yardstick or formula. It depends on the circumstances of each individual. In addition to individual needs, the MPIBS provides annual “Winter Comfort” and “Christmas Cheer” payments to beneficiaries.
How does the MPIBS assess and support beneficiaries?
Assessments are undertaken in the strictest confidence by the MPIBS Chairman of Investigation & Relief, who recommends to the MPIBS Council a level of support appropriate to the particular needs of the individual. Financial assistance only supplements government pensions, and may include a quarterly subsidy for gas, electricity and telephone. The MPIBS can also provide ‘in kind’ support by way of essential medical aids, such as wheelchairs or breathing apparatus, heaters and even TVs.
How long does assistance last?
For as long as is needed. Beneficiaries are reviewed carefully and confidentially every 18 months to 2 years. Depending on how they are going, their relief payments may be increased, decreased or left at existing levels.
Extending a helping hand
“The MPIBS has assisted me through an extremely difficult time in my life.”
“This support has enabled me to care for, and spend precious time with, my terminally ill wife.”
“The MPBS has extended a lifeline to help me bridge my financial concerns. Their ready support and kindness has been a beacon of light and I will always be indebted to them.” (Recipient)
Cheques payable to Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society
Mr. Bruce Leonard – Honorary Secretary/Treasurer
Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society
9 Collins Crescent, Lapstone, NSW, 2773
Direct Deposits payable to:
Bank: ANZ / BSB: 012-010 / Account No: 864 3764 / Account Name: MPIBS
If paying by direct deposit, please e-mail Bruce Leonard at email@example.com with your mailing address so he can send you a receipt for tax purposes.
QUEENSLAND – MPIBA
Queensland operates an independent MPI Benevolent Association which services industry members throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. If you live in these areas, please make donations to the Queensland Association.
Cheques payable to MPI Benevolent Association (Queensland) Inc.
Direct Deposits payable to:
Mr Graham Tienan – Secretary/Treasurer
Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Association
PO Box 667, Stones Corner, QLD, 4120
Direct Deposits payable to:
Bank: ANZ / BSB: 041 015 / Account No: 3628 26811 / Account Name: MPIBA
If paying by direct deposit, please email Graham Tienan at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address so a receipt can be forwarded for tax purposes.
The Cinema and Theatre Historical Society of Australia (CATHS) was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1989. The Society aims to:
• Foster an interest in the architecture, history and heritage of cinemas and theatres in Australia
• Record the history of cinemas and theatres in the form of books, magazines and AV materials
• Maintain an archive collection of cinema related documents, photos, etc
• Provide public access to the collection for the purpose of cinema research and related matters
• Seek to preserve theatre and cinema buildings and artefacts
• Organise events to facilitate inspections for documenting and photographing of cinema venues
• Conduct regular meetings for members
CATHS meetings generally include a guest speaker or a presentation on an aspect of cinema history. Our meetings also include theatre news, activity reports and general happenings from within the industry. Interval includes a break for coffee and a chat. After the meeting, members usually meet at a nearby venue for lunch and friendly discussions.
You are most welcome to come along to our meetings. If you love going to the movies or the theatre, are interested in theatre heritage and architecture, or have worked in cinema or the performing arts… then why not join CATHS!
Membership is $50 per year, which includes CATHS quarterly magazine CinemaRecord. For overseas membership, please contact the Secretary for details via email – email@example.com – or post: The Secretary, CATHS, PO Box 476, Bentleigh Vic 3204