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Gay scenes cut from critically-acclaimed film on Amazon’s streaming service

The two main characters of "God's Own Country" standing in a field
Scene from the trailer of "God's Own Country" Photo: Screenshot/Youtube

Director Francis Lee is accusing a film distributor of cutting the gay scenes from his critically acclaimed movie God’s Own Country so that it could have further reach on Amazon Prime’s streaming service.

God’s Own Country is a 2017 movie about a relationship between a British farmer and a migrant worker, who are both men, and it has a few gay sex scenes between the main characters.

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On Tuesday, Lee tweeted that he had been made aware that Amazon Prime’s streamed version of the film had been “censored.”

“It is not the film I intended or made,” he wrote.

On Wednesday, Lee said that it was actually Samuel Goldwyn Films – a company that licenses and distributes independent and foreign films in the U.S. – that cut the gay scenes for the Amazon Prime streaming service. The rental version has been “rectified,” he says.

He said the company “butchered the streaming version without consultation to get more ‘revenue.'”

Deadline reports that a source at Amazon said that distributors directly upload films for the Prime Video Direct streaming service. The source said that sex scenes would have triggered an age restriction, so the distributor might have cut those scenes so that more people could watch it and so that they would get more revenue from it.

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