It is a long running tradition that the BBFC Annual Report entertains its readers with a list of the most complained about films of the year. In the Annual Report covering 2019, the BBFC writes:
In 2019 we received 149
complaints covering 70 films, fewer than half the number of complaints received in 2018.
20 people wrote to us regarding Joker , objecting to the 15 classification. Several stated that we should have classified the film 18
because of violence and the film's tone. A small number felt that the film should be banned. There are scenes of strong violence in the film that include stabbings and shootings, with accompanying bloody injury detail. They do not, however, dwell on the
infliction of pain or injury in a manner that requires an 18.
12 people wrote to us about The Favourite . The complaints related to language, sex references and sex. The very strong language in The Favourite is often used
in a comic context and never aggressively. The sexual activity and sex references are unremarkable at 15, although their appearance in the costume drama may have surprised a minority of viewers.
John Wick: Chapter 3 -
Parabellum generated nine complaints, all focusing on violence.
Five people wrote to us complaining about the violence and infrequent strong language in Alita: Battle Angel .
Fighting with My
Family received five complaints focusing on language and sex references.
The Queen's Corgi received five complaints about sexual references and animal cruelty.
We received four complaints
regarding language and violence in Bumblebee .
Holmes and Watson received four complaints focusing on language and sex references.
Shazam ! generated four complaints regarding bad
language and scenes of horror.
T he BBFC has released its annual report, which shows a steady growth in both online and film classifications throughout 2019.
In 2019, the BBFC rated 6,506 pieces of content for online distribution, which is a 13% increase
from 2018. Compared to just five years ago, online classifications have increased by a staggering 462% (1,158 in 2014).
The most popular age rating for online content is 15, with the BBFC rating 2,976 pieces of content with the
Although content for Video on Demand (VoD) platforms remains the majority of the content classified by the BBFC, film classification has also seen an increase of 6% in the last year, up to 1,103. This marks a 99%
increase over the last decade (555 in 2009).
The most popular age rating for film remains 15, with the BBFC rating 368 films for UK cinema goers with the classification.
David Austin, Chief Executive of the
It's clear that online platforms continue to thrive in the current media climate, and that they are increasingly using well-understood and trusted BBFC age ratings. Our mission is to help everybody choose
content well, whenever, wherever, and however they view it, and people continue to tell us that they benefit from having age ratings and ratings in place, including online.
Over the last year we've continued to keep our finger on
the pulse of what people really think, and we continue to make sure our age ratings are where people need them. Our innovative partnership with Netflix saw the streaming platform begin to rate its own content to produce BBFC ratings using a tagging
system and algorithms that match the standards British families expect and want to see. We continue to look at new ways we can work with platforms to get families the information we know they need, and want.
film classified by the BBFC comes with long ratings info, available on the BBFC website and free app, so families can choose content well.