Aileen WuornosAre you fed up with the glorification of murderers in the movies? No? Well, to each his own. In Australia, some folks are downright livid about a new film, Suburban Mayhem, inspired by a 2000 gay-hate crime of a local mayor. In response, the Crime Victims Support Association in Victoria is demanding Australia pass a law that bans the making of movies based on real murders for a 20-year period after the crime. It's a noble idea in some respect, but silly in others. If this logic were transplanted to America, Monster couldn't have been made when it was. And would this law apply to meta-stories? Would Capote have been banned based on this law,  even though it's only about the writing of In Cold Blood? As offensive as these movies may be to the victims of the families, when done well, they can offer dramatic insights into the minds of the perpetrators.

Even more to the point, however, the international nature of filmmaking renders such a law preposterous. If a filmmaker is truly intent on making a movie based on an Australian crime, all they need to do is move the production overseas. Australians interested in watching the film could then order DVDs off of the Internet.

And then, you know, there's that whole sticky "freedom of speech" thing...
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