Thursday 01 October 1998
JANE CAMPION'S latest production, Holy Smoke, seems to be offending ethnic faiths wherever it goes. Harvey Keitel plays the guru of a cult who has an affair with an Australian acolyte, Kate Winslet.
Following rumoured tensions with Aborigines while filming in Australia, Campion has incurred the wrath of a Hindu sect. The Purohit Sangh protested in particular at filming in the Baiji temple, into which, they claim, foreigners are not allowed.
A Hindu Nationalist leader told Agence-France Presse: "Why have they given it the name `Holy Smoke'? We don't want anyone to hurt the sentiments of our religion."
The producer, Deepak Nayer, says the film has had "the highest regard for all religions and Hindu temples, customs and their values".
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians