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'God's Own Country' gay sex scenes censored by Amazon Prime

Director Francis Lee has urged viewers in the US not to watch the doctored version of his acclaimed gay romance.

2020-05-20

Update 21/05/20: God's Own Country director Francis Lee has since tweeted that the film's distributor, Samuel Goldwyn Films, was responsible for the edited edition available to stream on Amazon Prime.

God's Own Country director Francis Lee has urged people in the US not to stream the acclaimed romantic drama on Amazon Prime after several of its gay sex scenes were reportedly cut.

Lee, whose 2017 film starring Josh O'Connor and Alec Secăreanu was nominated for two BAFTA and is widely regarded as a modern gay classic, blasted Amazon Prime on Twitter on Wednesday (21 May), writing: "It is not the film I intended or made."

"Dear friends in USA, God’s Own Country appears to have been censored on @PrimeVideo (Amazon Prime)", Lee wrote.

"Until this is investigated please do not rent or buy on Amazon Prime. It is not the film I intended or made. I will report back."

Twitter users reported that two important sex scenes had been cut from streaming version of God's Own Country on Amazon Prime in the US, through remained in place on the version that can be bought via the service.

Partly based on Lee's own experiences, God's Own Country tells the story of a young Yorkshire sheep farmer (O'Connor) whose life is transformed when he begins working with a Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secăreanu).

Also starring Gemma Jones and Ian Hart, it was the only British film to form part of the world drama category at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Lee's latest project is upcoming period drama Ammonite, which stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as a 19th century lesbian couple. 

The film also stars Killing Eve actress Fiona Shaw and reunites Lee with God's Own Country stars Jones and Secăreanu.