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Latest classification decisions

Link Here29th May 2020
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BBFC decisions on 27 May 2020

The Fanatic

The Fanatic is a 2019 USA thriller by Fred Durst.
Starring John Travolta, Devon Sawa and Ana Golja. BBFC link IMDb

Summary Notes

A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.

BBFC uncut
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:
  • 2020 Spirit Entertainment [16:9] video

The Rhythm Section

The Rhythm Section is a 2020 UK action mystery thriller by Reed Morano.
Starring Blake Lively, Sterling K Brown and Jude Law. BBFC link IMDb

Summary Notes

Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When Stephanie discovers that the crash was not an accident, she enters a dark, complex world to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption. Based on the novel by Mark Burnell, from director Reed Morano ("The Handmaid's Tale") and the producers of the James Bond film series, The Rhythm Section also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown.

BBFC uncut
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, brief drug misuse:
  • 2020 Paramount Home Entertainment RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 8th June 2020
  • 2020 Paramount Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 8th June 2020

Vitalina Varela

Vitalina Varela is a 2019 Portugal drama by Pedro Costa.
Starring Vitalina Varela, Ventura and Manuel Tavares Almeida. BBFC link IMDb

Summary Notes

Vitalina Varela takes its title from the name of its lead actress, a Cape Verdean woman who, as per usual with Costa's non-professional actors, plays a fictionalized version of herself. Vitalina first appeared in an episode in the director's previous film, Horse Money (Wavelengths 2015), wherein she recounted how her husband had left their homeland nearly 25 years ago to work in Lisbon - a separation that became permanent when she finally arrived on the continent, three days after his funeral. In Vitalina Varela, Costa refracts and expands that episode to place us firmly within his heroine's stoic point of view, capturing her extraordinary strength and resilience as she navigates the scanty physical traces her husband left behind, discovers his secret, illicit life, and encounters the other lives that darken the shadows of the Fontainhas that once was.

BBFC uncut
12UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent moderate sex references:
  • 2020 Second Run DVD [Subtitled] video

BBFC decisions on 27 May 2020

Circle of Eight

Circle of Eight is a horror mystery fantasy by Stephen Cragg.
Starring Austin Highsmith, John Bishop and Kirk Bovill. BBFC link

BBFC uncut
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong injury detail, nudity, suicide references, language:
  • 2020 Paramount Pictures c/o Universal Pictures (UK). VoD
TV CensorshipTV on DVD

BBFC decisions on 27 May 2020

Demon Lord Retry: The Complete Series

Demon Lord Retry: The Complete Series is a animation fantasy video
Starring Josh Grelle (voice), Amanda Lee (voice) and Apphia Yu (voice). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-12 Passed 15 for strong sex references, sexualised images (288:28s)

The Queen and the Conqueror

The Queen and the Conqueror is a TV Show
Starring Essined Aponte, Adelaida Buscato and Emmanuel Esparza. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1: Episodes 1-60 Passed 18 for sexual threat (2723:46s)

The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero - Season One Part One is a action animation fantasy
Starring Kaito Ishikawa (voice), Asami Seto (voice) and Billy Kametz (voice). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-13 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, sexual violence (333:25s)

Somebody Feed Phil

Somebody Feed Phil is a TV Show by Philip Rosenthal.
Starring Philip Rosenthal. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 3: Episodes 1-5 Passed PG for language (240:33s)
videoMusic video

BBFC decisions on 27 May 2020

Roger Waters

Roger Waters - Us + Them is a music filmed performance by Sean Evans.
Starring Roger Waters, Dave Kilminster and Jess Wolfe. BBFC link

BBFC uncut
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language:
  • 2020 Sony Music Entertainment [Part Subtitled] video
videoChildren's video

BBFC decisions on 27 May 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2020 Canada / Japan / USA family action adventure by Jeff Fowler.
Starring Jim Carrey, Adam Pally and James Marsden. BBFC link IMDb

Summary Notes

A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.

BBFC uncut
PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence, threat, rude humour:
  • 2020 Paramount Pictures c/o Universal Pictures (UK). [16:9] video
PreviewComing Soon

BBFC decisions on 27 May 2020


The Lady Eve

Additional Material:

  • The Lady Eve - Added Value [Additional Material, Audio Commentary]

Marriage Story

Additional Material:

  • Marriage Story - Added Value [Additional Material]

A Taste of Cherry

Additional Material:

  • A Taste of Cherry - Added Value [Additional Material]

To Catch a Thief

Additional Material:

  • To Catch a Thief - Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on To Catch a Thief [Additional Material]



Shopping: The Invisible Man...

2020 Australia / USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Leigh Whannell, cut for UK cinema release, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Link Here29th May 2020
The Invisible Man is a 2020 Australia / USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Leigh Whannell.
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release in 2020. The Irish cinema releases looks to be uncut but 16 rated. The uncut version was passed 18 by the BBFC for VoD.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th May 2020
  • 2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 26th May 2020
  • 2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

What you can't see can hurt you. Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy scientist, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding. But when her abusive ex suddenly dies, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel while she desperately tries to prove she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.



Political cleansing...

Donald Trumps election team tried to take down a cartoon mocking the president's bleach suggestion

Link Here29th May 2020

Donald Trumps re-election team has failed in attempt to censor Nick Anderson's cartoon mocking Trump's laughable suggestion that injecting disinfectant could protect against Covid-19.

The cartoon is a reference to the 1978 Jonestown massacre , where more than 900 people died after drinking cyanide-laced punch at the order of cult leader Jim Jones.

The Pulitzer-winning cartoonist put his cartoon The Trump Cult up for sale on the online retailer Redbubble this month. But Redbubble pulled Anderson's illustration from sale following a trademark infringement claim made by Trump's campaign organisation, Donald J Trump for President Inc .

Anderson said that he believed the copyright claim was made due to his depiction of Maga hats, and described the situation as absurd.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and other free speech organisations subsequently got involved, sending a group letter to Redbubble that accused Trump's campaign of having misused Redbubble's reporting mechanism and arguing that the work and those who publish it are protected by the first amendment.

Redbubble reinstated Anderson's cartoon this week citing the usual excuse that the censorship was all some ghastly mistake.



Commented: Fury, contempt, and anguish...

BBC responds to complaints about Emily Maitlis' anti-government bias on Newsnight

Link Here29th May 2020
Newsnight has taken an extraordinarily aggressive stance against the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis. The majority of its reports are aimed at rubbishing government decisions.

Emily Maitlis opened the programme on 26th May:

Dominic Cummings broke the rules, the country can see that, and it's shocked the government cannot.

The longer ministers and prime minister tell us he worked within them, the more angry the response to this scandal is likely to be.

He was the man, remember, who always got the public mood, he tagged the lazy label of "elite" on those who disagreed.

He should understand that public mood now. One of fury, contempt, and anguish.

He made those who struggled to keep to the rules feel like fools, and has allowed many more to assume they can now flout them.

The prime minister knows all this, but despite the resignation of one minister, growing unease from his backbenchers, a dramatic early warning from the polls, and a deep national disquiet, Boris Johnson has chosen to ignore it.

Tonight, we consider what this blind loyalty tells us about the workings of Number 10. We do not expect to be joined by a government minister, but that won't stop us asking the question.'

This kicked off a lively debate resulting an official response from the BBC:

Summary of complaint

We received complaints about the introduction to the programme.

Our response

The BBC must uphold the highest standards of due impartiality in its news output. We've reviewed the entirety of last night's Newsnight, including the opening section, and while we believe the programme contained fair, reasonable and rigorous journalism, we feel that we should have done more to make clear the introduction was a summary of the questions we would examine, with all the accompanying evidence, in the rest of the programme. As it was, we believe the introduction we broadcast did not meet our standards of due impartiality. Our staff have been reminded of the guidelines.

Update: Censored whilst claiming to be uncensored

29th May 2020. See article from

Ofcom has revealed that Emily Maitlis' Newsnight monologue about Dominic Cummings and the blind loyalty of his boss Boris Johnson has sparked 247 complaints. Ofcom has noted that the BBC will consider the complaints in the first instance and that Ofcom may investigate thereafter.

The BBC is claimed to have had ten times as many complaints from viewers than the UK's broadcasting regulator but is refusing to release any figures for up to a fortnight. The Guido Fawkes blog has claimed the corporation has received 18,158 complaints in 24 hours and the figure is still going up, although that number could also include complaints sent in by Ms Maitlis' supporters who have rushed to slam the bosses who censured her.

Offsite Comment: It was Emily Maitlis who broke the rules

29th May 2020. See article from by Tom Slater

It seems like the entire broadcast media have lost the plot.


Update: A few more complaints

30th May 2020. See article from

The BBC has received more than 40,000 complaints in only two days after comments by presenter Emily Maitlis sparked an impartiality row.

According to an insider, there have been just over 20,000 people who thought Miss Maitlis's introduction had not been impartial, while just under 20,000 were angry about the BBC's statement.

Some complaints have not been categorised yet. Regulator Ofcom said it had received 366 complaints about the issue.



Updated: Playing doctors and nurses...

Greek and Swiss brothels set to re-open after lockdown, but now with requirements for additional PPE

Link Here29th May 2020
sexy ppe
 It'll be 50 quid luv
...and bareback will be 20 quid extra
Brothels in Greece are set to re-open after lockdown with requirements for additional PPE.

According to the Greek press, customers at brothels will be required to wear plastic masks and gloves while having sex.

In addition there will be temperature checks along with a requirement for disposable sheets and frequent periodic disinfection of the premises.

And should thing go awry whilst in the throes of passion, then lets hope that the contact tracers who knock on your front door are well trained in the importance of discretion.

Update: Doggy in Switzerland

29th May 2020. See article from

Swiss brothels have been given the green light to open on June 6 as the country exits lockdown, with strict health rules including keeping your faces one forearm length apart during sex.

Doggy style and reverse cowgirl positions are among those which would comply with the new rule - but threesomes are out and anal practices will require gloves.

Anonymity is also a thing of the past, because clients' personal details will have to be kept for four weeks in case they are needed for contact tracing.

Rules drawn up by a sex workers' group also call for masks to be worn if possible and bed sheets to be washed after each client departs to stop the spread of coronavirus.



Offsite Article: Little chance of a second peak and an 'R' rate below 1...

Link Here 29th May 2020
Outlook for the Adult DVD in a Post-COVID World

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