‘God’s Own Country’ Director Francis Lee Says His Gay Romance Film ‘Has Been Censored on Amazon Prime’

Director Francis Lee says his film God’s country-a gay romance that features multiple sex scenes – was censored when it began streaming on Amazon Prime Video in the United States.

On Tuesday evening, the British filmmaker tweeted“Dear friends in the United States, God’s Own Country appears to have been censored on @PrimeVideo (Amazon Prime). Until this is investigated, please do not rent or purchase from Amazon Prime. This is not the movie that I wanted or did. I will make a return”

An Amazon spokesperson told Decider that Amazon Prime Video did not censor the film, but the edited version was uploaded by the provider, Samuel Goldwyn Films, through Amazon Prime’s download service, Premium Video Direct.

With Josh O’Connor and Alec Secăreanu, God’s country premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Achievement Award. It tells the story of a Yorkshire sheep farmer (O’Connor) who meets a Romanian migrant worker (Secăreanu). The two men start working together, sleeping together, and falling in love together, in that order. Although Lee didn’t specify exactly what was censored, the film features sex scenes between the two leads, including full-frontal nudity. It was compared to call me by your nameanother gay romance that was released the same year, but, rather than taking place during the sex scene as director Luca Guadagnino did, Lee lets the scene unfold.

When asked for a comment from Decider on the nature of the censorship, Lee said he was “unable to comment until it has been thoroughly investigated.”

Censorship of LGBTQ content has long been an issue. Forward has been banned in several countries in the Middle East for a simple reference to a lesbian relationship, and films like Avengers: Endgame and Rocketman were censored in Russia to remove homosexual references. Last year, Library The director has slammed the airlines for censoring the lesbian sex scene when her movie was screened as an in-flight movie. Following Wilde’s tweets about the cut scene, Delta Airlines said society would send same-sex love scenes back to Smart bookstore.

UPDATE, May 20, 3:40 PM ET: On Wednesday afternoon, Lee tweeted that the film’s US distributor, Samuel Goldwyn Films, was to blame for the censorship and that the correct version of his film is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime.

“Dear American Friends, After investigation, God’s Own Country was not censored by @PrimeVideo (Amazon USA) but by US distributor @GoldwynFilms who slaughtered the streaming version without consultation for more ‘revenue’. @PrimeVideo has been incredibly supportive of the rectification,” Lee wrote in a Tweeter. “The rental version of God’s Own Country on @PrimeVideo is the correct version of my film. I want to thank Amazon Prime for their support and would caution any filmmaker to work with the aforementioned ‘distributor’. Thank you ALL for everything your support”

You can rent or buy God’s country on Amazon Prime Video now.

This article has been updated, first to include a statement from an Amazon Prime Video spokesperson, then to include Lee’s new tweets.

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