It seems the Brit's aren't too fond of Nick Palumbo's work. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has banned Palumbo's film Murder Set Pieces from any release in the United Kingdom.
A spokesperson for the BBFC said the decision can be appealed within the next 42 days, but it would unlikely be successful due to, "serious issues with other British laws this film is in potential conflict with."
David Cooke, president of the BBFC, said the board considered trying to cut the film to allow it a release here.
"However, given the unacceptable content featured throughout, and that what remains is essentially preparatory and setup material for the unacceptable scenes, cutting the work is not a viable option in this case, and the work is therefore refused a classification," Cooke said.
"It is the board's carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to Murder Set Pieces, even if statutorily confined to adults, would involve risk of harm within the terms of the Video Recordings Act, would be inconsistent with the board's guidelines, and would be unacceptable to the public," he added.
Murder Set Pieces also raises potential legal questions, according to the BBFC, including contraventions of the Protection of Children Act 1978, and possible breaches of other legislation such as obscenity laws here.
Richard Ross, TLA's executive director sales for North America and the U.K., said they are still unsure if they want to appeal the board's ruling.
"We're shocked," Ross said in an interview. "We wanted to retain the director's original version. When we bought it, we hoped to release it unedited and thought we'd be able to do that in the U.K. We don't want to release the same version that Lionsgate released (in the U.S.)."
According to IMDB, Lionsgate's R-rated release of Murder Set Pieces was trimmed by 23 minutes to avoid an NC-17 rating, the most a film has ever had to cut to sidestep that rating.