A movie about the Port Arthur massacre killer will be shown at the Star Theatre in Launceston and the State Cinema in Hobart despite a divide in the community about whether it should be shown in Tasmania at all.
The Star Theatre was contacted for comment, but at this time could only confirm the film Nitram would show at the theatre from October 14.
Curtin University journalism lecturer and expert in media coverage of mass shootings Dr Glynn Greensmith said he was not going to see the movie.
"I am a big fan of arts, movies, and freedom of expression. I'm not about censoring art ... but morally [the movie] feels weird," he said.
"The evidence suggests there are issues with this happening."
However, he congratulated the director for the way he had heard the production of the movie was handled.
"With all the respect to the film maker ... I just feel sad," he said.
"I feel sad for the people who have never been allowed to forget this. This will stir up a lot of trauma, bad memories, and emotions."
Dr Greensmith's PhD research focused on the way the media reports shootings and evidence suggested if the media talked about mass shootings differently, a lot of them could be prevented.
Attorney-General and Arts Minister Elise Archer said she had conveyed to the film producers that Tasmanians, especially survivors and victims' families, were still deeply affected by the event.
"Conversations about this film may be difficult and traumatic for many," she said.
"The government's focus is on supporting survivors and their families, and any Tasmanian who requires assistance or support is encouraged to contact Victims Support Services or Victims of Crime Service."
Ms Archer said the government had previously declined an offer from the producers to meet because neither the government nor the Department of Justice had any involvement with the film.
A statement from the State Cinema said, "we understand that there will be those who feel it is important they have the opportunity to view the film Nitram ... as well as those who do not wish to engage with the film".
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