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26th June

 Commented: Fang Fest...

Daily Mail reports on a few very young kids being frightened by Jurassic World when their silly parents didn't read the label
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Jurassic World DVD Chris Pratt The fourth film in the Jurassic Park series has already taken more than 370 million worldwide and is the UK's No 1 movie. But the scenes of bloodthirsty dinosaurs in 3D have left a few young children in floods of tears. Commentators have noted that the film is a fang fest and by far the bloodiest chapter in the Jurassic saga .

The cinema film has a 12A certificate, which allows children under the age of 12 to view it if they are accompanied by an adult.

The Daily Mail noted 2 or 3 cases where very young children have been frightened by the film. Eg one parent wrote:  Don't be fooled by the 12A and take a six- or seven-year-old.

A spokesman for the BBFC said:

The film is a solid 12A and not close to the 15 borderline. A 15 classification would of course have had the consequence that 14- and 13-year-olds would not have been able to see the film and this would, in our view, have been wholly unnecessary, and no doubt deeply unpopular as well.

Offsite Comment: Why We Have 12A and What It Means

26th June  2015. See  article from by David Cooke

david cooke Turning back to Jurassic World , we see an example of a film, based on our research and Guidelines, that is likely to be suited to those aged 12 or older, particularly 12-14 year olds. It is therefore not entirely surprising to read some feedback about 5, 6 and 7 year old children being frightened by the film. It is worth noting that the PG certificate is generally suitable for children aged 8 and older, and we offer this guidance on our website. Therefore younger children accessing a 12A film and being upset is not surprising, though other kinds of questions about suitability come into play if the issues at 12A are language or sex references.

What Jurassic World shows is a film firmly at the 12A level, not close to the 15 borderline, but which contains sequences and action a younger child is likely to find frightening. We make this information known and it is ultimately the choice of the parent to ensure their child views content that suits them. Our job is to help parents make that choice.

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8th June

  BBFC Podcast Episode 29...

Superhero films
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podcast 29 Episode 29 of the BBFC podcast features:
  • An interview with Liz Bales, Chief Executive of the British Video Association (BVA) about its role in the Home Entertainment industry. A not particularly interesting unashamed promotional piece about the trade group promoting UK video.
  • The classification of superhero films


26th April

  The British Board of Police Censors...

Possible reduction on the number of R18s suffering cuts from the BBFC
Link Here  full story: Obscenity in the UK...Gay fisting, urolagnia and BDSM found not obscene by jury
R18 Story The amount of R18s censored by the BBFC over 2013 and 2014 was steady with about 15% of all submissions suffering cuts, mostly for inane reasons.

However the first quarter of 2015 sees this percentage suffering cuts fall to 11%. Maybe a lack of data, but maybe there is a slight easing off on the censorship of R18s.

The R18 monthly cuts stats 2015: 

  • January: 8 R18s cut out of 59 (14%)
  • February: 5 R18s cut out of 47 (11%)
  • March: 4 R18s cut out of 48 (8%)

Total for 2014: 85 R18s cut out of 543 (11%). An average of 51 R18 DVDs released each month

The R18 monthly cuts stats 2014: 

  • January: 6 R18s cut out of 38 (15%)
  • February: 7 R18s cut out of 49 (14%)
  • March: 10 R18s cut out of 45 (22%)
  • April: 8 R18s cut out of 52 (15%)
  • May: 7 R18s cut out of 42 (17%)
  • June: 7 R18s cut out of 42 (17%)
  • July: 6 R18s cut out of 51 (12%)
  • August: 5 R18s cut out of 34 (15%)
  • September: 7 R18s cut out of 41 (17%)
  • October: 4 R18s cut out of 51 (8%)
  • November: 6 R18s cut out of 56 (11%)
  • December: 9 R18s cut out of 42 (21%)

Total for 2014: 82 R18s cut out of 543 (15%). An average of 45 R18 DVDs released each month

The R18 monthly cuts stats 2013: 

  • January: 7 R18s cut out of 40 (18%)
  • February: 6 R18s cut out of 46 (13%)
  • March: 5 R18s cut out of 41 (12%)
  • April: 9 R18s cut out of 55 (16%)
  • May: 2 R18s cut out of 35 (5%)
  • June: 7 R18s cut out of 35 (20%)
  • July: 4 R18s cut out of 36 (11%)
  • August: 6 R18s cut out of 43 (14%)
  • September: 6 R18s cut out of 53 (11%)
  • October: 4 R18s cut out of 51 (22%)
  • November 8 R18s cut out of 42 (19%)
  • December 7 R18s cut out of 40 (18%)

Total for 2013: 78 R18s cut out of 516 (15%). An average of 43 R18 DVDs released each month

Previous yearly totals

Total for 2012: 101 R18s cut out of 555 (18%). An average of 46 R18 DVDs released each month
Total for 2011:  85 R18s cut out of 625 (14%). An average of 52 R18 DVDs released each month
Total for 2010: 191 R18s cut out of 1070 (18%) *

* The BBFC re-assigned all video certificates passed during the preceding months when the Video Records Act was in limbo, to a January 2010 date when the new VRA was back in force.

Censored material

The most common reasons for cuts are:

  • Female ejaculation/squirting
  • Golden showers
  • Gagging when giving blow jobs
  • Constriction of breathing eg throat squeezing
  • Dialogue suggesting under age sex
  • Dialogue encouraging gagging
  • Fisting


25th April

  BBFC Podcast Episode 28...

James Ferman Part 2
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James Ferman Senior Examiner Craig Lapper gives a knowledgeable rundown of the second half of James Ferman's directorship of the BBFC. In particular he speaks of the introduction of the modern certificates, U,PG,12,15, 18. Also he relates changes resulting from the implementation of the Video Recordings Act and as a result of incidents such as the Jamie Bulger killing and the Hungerford shootings.
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British Board of Film Classification

The BBFC is an independent company tasked with UK film, video and games censorship. It is funded through classification fees.

The BBFC role is different for cinema,  home media and online.

For cinema the BBFC historically represented the interests of the film industry to ensure that film makers avoided legal issues from obscenity law etc. BBFC cinema ratings are advisory and the ultimate censorship responsibility lies with local authorities. In the vast majority of cases BBFC advice is accepted by councils. But advice has often been overruled to ban BBFC certificated films or to allow BBFC banned films.

For home video, DVD, Blu-ray and some video games, the BBFC acts as a government designated censor. BBFC decisions are enforced by law via the Video Recordings Act of 2010.

For online films the BBFC offers a voluntary scheme of reusing BBFC vide certificates for online works. The BBFC will also rate online  exclusive material if requested. Note that the Video Recordings Act does not apply online and content is only governed by the law of the land, particularly the Obscene Publications Act and Dangerous Pictures Act.

The BBFC is due to relinquish responsibility for video games in late 2011. The Video Standards Council will take over the role and ratings will be provided using Europe wide PEGI ratings and symbols.

BBFC Directors:
- John Trevelyan 1958-1971
- Stephen Murphy 1971-1975
- James Ferman 1975-1999
 - Robin Duval 1999-2004
- David Cooke 2004-present

BBFC Ratings:

-  U: Universal: Suitable for all

- PG: Parental Guidance: General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

- 12A: Suitable for 12 years and over. No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. [cinema only]

- 12: Suitable for 12 years and over. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD. Responsibility for allowing under-12s to view lies with the accompanying or supervising adult.. [home media only]

- 15: No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.

- 18: No-one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema. No-one younger than 18 may rent or buy an 18 rated video.

- R18: To be supplied only in licensed sex shops to persons of not less than 18 years. Hardcore pornography is allowed in this category

- Rejected. The BBFC has the power to ban the sale of home media. A rejected cinema film may be shown with permission of the local authority.

Not that rejected home media is banned from sale. It is not generally illegal to possess. However criminal law makes it illegal to possess child & extreme porn.

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