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
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.
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 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.
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.