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The Skeptics were a New Zealand band who made challenging, experimental, electronic, industrial music and were known for their singles “AFFCO” and “Agitator” which were released through Flying Nun records.

This controversial video contains graphic scenes of sheep slaughter at a freezing works. (This is the uncensored version that was rejected by Television New Zealand) Viewers may find these images disturbing.

The video was partially shot in AFFCO’s Westfield freezing works in South Auckland (which closed in 1989). The meat packing was shot at a factory called Kellax in Mt Wellington, Auckland. Other footage was shot in Anglesea Studios.

This, “the original version was submitted to TVNZ’s Radio with Pictures music programme ... to coincide with the release of the ... LP “Skeptics 3”... The video was rejected by [the] producer .. on the grounds that: ‘The graphic scenes of animal slaughter are unnecessarily detailed and prolonged, and despite the fact that they may be every day scenes at the freezing works, this doesn’t imply that visuals of this nature may be screened on television.’ ” - Flying Nun video case; 21/01/2009.

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Year 1987

Reference number F32774

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Music video

Duration 0:04:21

Production company Brilliant Films

Credits Director: Stuart Page
Musician: David D'ath
Musician: Don White
Musician: John Halvorsen
Musician: Nick Roughan
Musician: Robin Gauld
Band: The Skeptics

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