Australian filmmakers "appalled" at Iranian star's sentence
Published Oct 12 2011, 07:53 BST | By Rebecca Davies
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A number of Australian filmmakers have revealed that they are "appalled" at the recent sentencing
given to an Iranian actress for her role in a movie.
The company behind Australian-produced My Tehran for Sale
, which tells the story of Iran's harsh rulings on the arts, said it is "deeply shocked" that the film's leading actress Marzieh Vafamehr
will face a year in jail and 90 lashes as a punishment.
Executives told The ABC
: "Adelaide-based company Cyan Films worked with an established Iranian production company to produce the film and all proper government permits were obtained for filming."
Producers Julie Ryan and Kate Croser said: "The producers would like to emphasise that Marzieh's involvement in the film was limited to her role as an actress and she was not in any other way involved in the behind-the-scenes filmmaking.
"We continue to offer our support to Marzieh and her family by respecting their wishes to let the case and the appeal follow the proper legal channels."
Poet Granaz Moussavi, who directed My Tehran for Sale
, revealed: "All the documentation has been provided to the Iranian court to show that permits were in place for the production of the film."
The South Australian Film Corporation's chief executive Richard Harris said that the organisation is deeply disturbed about Vafamehr's punishment for the film, "which is itself about the risks that artists are prepared to take for creative expression".
He added: "The SAFC will do everything within its power to assist in securing Marzieh's freedom."
Vafamehr has reportedly been in custody since July but has now lodged an appeal for the case. Her husband is Iranian filmmaker Nasser Taghvai.