Since the dawn of cinema, the argument over what is and isn’t acceptable to fill the screen has raged on. When television started to invade homes, the debate only grew more divisive. As society changed, so did the films and television programmes of the era, each reflecting the times in which they were made. Envelopes have been pushed, boundaries leaped over and moral guardians have made their outrage known. 

Beginning in May, the MAC cinema will be hosting a series of screenings and special events focusing on some of the most controversial films and television programmes ever created in both the UK and across the globe, starting in the 1920s and running right up to the present day. Some of these have been cut, some have been banned outright, but all have provoked debate and challenged attitudes.