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Diary: Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50...

Until 29th January 2019. London's Victoria and Albert Museum marks 50 years since the Theatres Act came into force, abolishing state censorship of the British stage

Link Here 15th August 2018
Until 1968 plays that had the potential to create immoral or anti-government feelings were banned by the Lord Chamberlain's office or ordered to be edited.

The V&A exhibition includes original manuscripts with notes on what needs to be changed and letters from Lord Chamberlain explaining why the edits are required.

In the exhibition there are several pieces including a manuscript about the play Saved by Edward Bond. The play tells the story of a group of young people living in poverty and includes a scene in which a baby is stoned to death.

When the Royal Court Theatre submitted the play to the censor, over 50 amendments were requested. Bond refused to cut two key scenes, stating 'it was either the censor or me -- and it was going to be the censor'. As a result, the play was banned.

Before the act was passed, playwrights got around the law by staging banned plays in members clubs which meant they could not be persecuted since it was private venue. The continued success of this strategy and the reluctance to prosecute made a mockery of the Lord Chamberlain's powers and reflected the increasingly relaxed attitudes of the public towards 'shocking' material.

The first night after the Act was introduced, the rock musical Hair opened on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End. It featured drugs, anti-war messages and brief nudity, ushering in a new age of British theatre.

The exhibition runs until 29th January 2019.



Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA...

Latest classification decisions

Link Here 15th August 2018
Cuts Cert Run Time MPAA Bulletin 2540, 15 August 2018

Active Measures

  MPAA PG-13   Active Measures is a 2018 USA documentary by Jack Bryan.
Starring IMDb

Rated PG-13 for thematic content including violence, war images and some crude sexual references.

Super LTD

Summary Notes

Russian president Vladimir Putin attacks the 2016 American Presidential Election in collaboration with The Trump Campaign.


  MPAA R   Rated R for strong violence, language, and some sexual content.

Summit Entertainment

Black 47

  MPAA R   Black 47 is a 2018 Ireland / Luxembourg action drama by Lance Daly.
Starring Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville and Stephen Rea. IMDb

Rated R for violence, some disturbing images and language.

IFC Films

Summary Notes

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine's destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.


  MPAA R   Rated R for some sexuality/nudity.

Bleecker Street

The Front Runner

  MPAA R   Rated R for language including some sexual references.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc.

If Beale Street Could Talk

  MPAA R   If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 USA crime romance by Barry Jenkins.
Starring KiKi Layne, Stephan James and Regina King. IMDb

Rated R for language and some sexual content.

Annapurna Pictures

Summary Notes

Baldwin's novel "follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child. It's a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives."

The Legend of Hallowaiian

  The Legend of Hallowaiian is a 2018 USA animation by Sean Patrick O'Reilly.
Starring Tia Carrere, Mark Hamill and Vanessa Williams. IMDb

Rated PG for some mild action.

Viva Pictures Distribution, LLC

Miss Bala

  MPAA PG-13   Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language.

Columbia Pictures

The Prodigy

  MPAA R   Rated R for violence, disturbing and bloody images, a sexual reference and brief graphic nudity.

Orion Releasing LLC

The Public

  MPAA PG-13   The Public is a 2018 USA drama by Emilio Estevez.
Starring Taylor Schilling, Alec Baldwin and Jena Malone. IMDb

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, nudity, language, and some suggestive content.

Public Productions LLC, The - [Production Co.]

Summary Notes

In "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

Reign of the Supermen

  MPAA PG-13   Reign of the Supermen is a 2019 USA action animation by
Starring Rainn Wilson, Cameron Monaghan and Jerry O'Connell. IMDb

Rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Summary Notes

A sequel/part 2 to the 2018 animated film the Death of Superman.

The Super

  MPAA R   Rated R for bloody violence, and language.

Saban Films LLC


  MPAA R   Rated R for violence and grisly images, sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.

Distribber/GoDigital, Inc.

Ya Veremos

  MPAA PG-13   Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content.

Pantelion Films



Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Latest classification decisions

Link Here 15th August 2018
Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 13 August 2018

The Captain


BBFC uncut
15 119:29s The Captain (Der Hauptmann) is a 2017 Germany / Poland / Portugal / France war historical drama by Robert Schwentke.
Starring Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel and Frederick Lau. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, threat for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Summary Notes

The Captain follows Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain's wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power. Simultaneously a historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, The Captain presents fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled.


BBFC uncut
15 123:02s Hurricane is a 2018 UK / Poland war drama by David Blair.
Starring Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson and Stefanie Martini. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence for:

  • 2018 cinema release [Includes Q&, a With Director David Blair]

Summary Notes

Hurricane (Squadron 303) is the story of a group of brave Poles who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the very idea of their own country, which had existed in its modern form for barely twenty years before it was crushed between the opposing jaws of Germany and Russia. Equipped with the almost-obsolete Hurricane and (with some initial reluctance) given RAF blue uniforms, while they fought, Poland lived.

Milford Graves Full Mantis

BBFC uncut
PG 92:19s Milford Graves Full Mantis is a 2018 USA documentary by Jake Meginsky and Neil Young (co-director).
Starring Milford Graves. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed PG uncut for references to violence for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Summary Notes

MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is a portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.

Winter Ridge

BBFC uncut
12A 86:46s Winter Ridge is a 2018 UK thriller by Dom Lenoir.
Starring Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly and Hannah Waddingham. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate threat, violence for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Summary Notes

A young detective is torn apart after his wife ends up in a coma while hunting a serial-killer at the same time.

Community Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 13 August 2018

Kolamavu Kokila

BBFC cut
BBFC category cuts
12A 134:53s Kolamavu Kokila is a 2018 crime drama by Nelson.
Starring Nayanthara, Yogi Babu and Saranya Ponvannan. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, threat, injury detail, drug references after 5:12s of BBFC BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2018 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • Cuts for 12A category required to remove scenes of strong violence and threat, and scenes of sexual threat. A 15 uncut category was available to the company.
Film on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 13 August 2018

The Breadwinner

BBFC uncut
12 89:26s The Breadwinner is a 2017 Canada / Ireland / Luxembourg family animation by Nora Twomey.
Starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq and Shaista Latif. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate threat, violence for:

  • 2018 Studio Canal video

Summary Notes

A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Additional Material:
  • The Breadwinner [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With the Filmakers]
VoD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 13 August 2018

The Hatred

BBFC uncut
15 90:31s The Hatred is a horror TV episode by Michael Kehoe.
Starring Sarah Davenport, Andrew Divoff and Darby Walker. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong supernatural threat, violence, bloody images for:

  • 2018 Thunderbird Releasing VoD
TV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 13 August 2018

72 Dangerous Animals: Asia

BBFC uncut
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia is a documentary TV episode
Starring Bob Brisbane (narrator). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1, Wrong Place, Wrong Time Passed PG for images of real injury and dead animals, scenes of animal attacks
  • Season 1, Episode 10, the Bold and the Brutal Passed 12 for images of real injuries
  • Season 1, Episode 12, Fearsome Finalists Passed 12 for moderate injury detail, scenes of animal attacks
  • Season 1, Episode 2, Jaws and Claws Passed 12 for moderate threat, bloody images, injury detail
  • Season 1, Episode 3, Chemical Warfare Passed 12 for images of real injury
  • Season 1, Episode 5, Accidental Assassins Passed 12 for scenes of animal attacks
  • Season 1, Episode 6, Pretty and Painful Passed 12 for images of real injury
  • Season 1, Episode 8, Urban Jungle Passed 12 for moderate injury detail, disturbing images, scenes of animal attacks
  • Season 1, Episodes 1-12 Passed 12 for scenes of animal attacks, images of real injuries, moderate threat

Better Call Saul

BBFC uncut
Better Call Saul is a drama by Minkie Spiro.
Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Rhea Seehorn. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 4, Episode 1, Smoke Passed PG for suicide references, mild bad language
  • Season 4, Episode 2, Breathe Passed 15 for strong violence, threat

The Judgement

BBFC uncut
18 47:27s
The Judgement is a drama
Starring Rapatrud Jiravechsoontorkul, Nontanun Anchuleepradit and Thanabordee Jaiyen. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1, the Beginning of the End Passed 18 for sexual assault
  • Season 1, Episode 2, New Wounds, New Relationships Passed 18 for sexual violence

Mr. Sunshine

BBFC uncut
Mr. Sunshine is a drama by Lee Eung-bok.
Starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri and Yoo Yeon-seok. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 Passed 15 for strong violence
  • Season 1, Episode 10 Passed 12 for moderate violence, threat, bloody images, language
  • Season 1, Episode 11 Passed 15 for strong violence
  • Season 1, Episode 12 Passed 15 for strong violence
  • Season 1, Episode 3 Passed 15 for strong violence
  • Season 1, Episode 4 Passed 15 for strong violence
  • Season 1, Episode 5 Passed 15 for bloody images
  • Season 1, Episode 6 Passed 15 for infrequent strong violence
  • Season 1, Episode 8 Passed 15 for strong violence
  • Season 1, Episode 9 Passed 15 for strong violence
Coming Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 13 August 2018


  • The Intent 2: The Come Up
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Freedom Fighters: The Ray

      Additional Material:
  • Freedom Fighters: The Ray - An Interview With Russell Tovey, the Voice of "the Ray" [Additional Material]


      Additional Material:
  • Mcqueen - Lee Mcqueen 1994 - Long-lost Super-8 Film Footage Shot By Gary Wallis [Additional Material]
  • Mcqueen - Mcqueen Lee Alexander Behind the Scenes Featurette [Additional Material]
  • Mcqueen - V&, a Preview Screening Q&, a With Co-directors Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui and Contributor/art Director Sebastian Pons [Additional Material]

A Prayer Before Dawn

      Additional Material:
  • A Prayer Before Dawn - Professor Green in Conversation With the Real-life Billy Moore [Additional Material]



Shopping: S.F. Brownrigg Grindhouse Double Feature...

US horrors by SF Brownrigg just released on US Blu-ray

Link Here 15th August 2018
Don't Look in the Basement is a 1973 US horror video by SF Brownrigg.
With Bill McGhee, Jessie Lee Fulton and Robert Dracup. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. Banned on VHS as a video nasty. Passed 15 uncut on DVD in 2005. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US. 
Don't Open the Door is a 1974 USA horror thriller by SF Brownrigg.
Starring Susan Bracken, Larry O'Dwyer and Gene Ross. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2018 Vci [Don't Look in the Basement + Don't Open the Door] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th August 2018

Promotional Material

VCI presents in a very special - Ultimate Package - from the low budget, cult-film director, S.F. Brownrigg's (Poor White Trash 2 and Keep My Grave Open) gory, gruesome, greatness - DON'T OPEN THE DOOR and DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT. 2 Doors... we dare you to open! Both restored from new 2K scans, so bloody good we warn you... To avoid fainting, keep repeating: It's only a movie...It's only a Movie!

Don't Open the Door - In this effective, low-budget cult-classic, a dutiful granddaughter goes home to take care of her dying grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac and all hell breaks loose.

Don't Look into the Basement - this gory little chiller takes place in an experimental hospital for the criminally insane where the creative thinking director allows several inmates to act out their psychotic delusions (you know, like - necrophilia, paranoia, and popsicles). Things really start to get nuts when a new staffer arrives...starting with the bloody ax murder of the doctor himself and leading to a total takeover of this hallowed institution by its craziest and violent inhabitants.

Bonus features include: Original Theatrical Trailers on Both Features, 2018 Commentary Track On Dont Look In The Basement from Film Historian and Journalist, David Del Valle & Genre Director, David Decoteau (Puppet Master III: Toulons Revenge) , Assorted other Grindhouse Trailers


BBFC uncut
MPAA R ~185:00s US: Uncut and MPAA R rated



Extract: Sorry... your search for 'trust' finds no results on Google.com...

Google found to be tracking the location of users who have turned off location tracking

Link Here 15th August 2018

When you turn off location history Google still tracks your location when you use several of its key services including Maps, search and the weather.

A report from the Associated Press has highlighted that the feature called location history is just one of the systems that Google uses to track your location for personalised services, local search and other purposes such as advertising.

When you turn off location history, Google stops automatically recording your location for features such as the Maps timeline, but it warns you that some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps. When you perform a search, access Google Maps , or get the weather, either manually or automatically through a smartphone widget, Google will still log your location.

Here's how to really turn all of it off. (Assuming that you believe that Google will actually do what it says it will){

See article from theguardian.com

Offsite Comment: Google's snooping proves big tech will not change

See article from theguardian.com by Arwa Mahdawi

Google's snooping proves big tech will not change -- unless governments step in. News that the company tracks users even when they forbid it shows that technology giants do not take our privacy seriously. They must be regulated

And one last thought. When the BBFC published their consultation of age verification requirements for porn viewing. The BBFC skated over the privacy dangers in allowing private companies to track one's tastes in porn claiming that the industry would follow 'best practise' and safeguard users. Well if one of the biggest companies in the world cannot respect the privacy of their users, then what hope is there for the rest?



Offsite Article: Swearing offends TV viewers more than sex and violence...

Link Here 15th August 2018
The Radio Times summarises the latest Ofcom report on attitudes to taste and decency on TV

See article from radiotimes.com



Offsite Article: Beware the digital censor...

Link Here 15th August 2018
We should be extremely careful before rushing to embrace an Internet that is moderated by a few private companies, where the platforms routinely remove posts and deactivate accounts because of objections to the content. By David Greene

See article from qctimes.com


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