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Tel: 0207 440 3285 Out of hours: 07946 423719 E-mail: canderson@bbfc.co.uk

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BBFC Reconsiders Classification of The King's Speech

21/10/2010

The BBFC has, after an appeal by the distributor of The King's Speech against the original '15' rating, applied its formal reconsideration process to the cinema release and classified it '12A' with the Consumer Advice 'Contains strong language in a speech therapy context'. The BBFC's language...

BBFC CUTS A SERBIAN FILM AND REMAKE OF I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

26/08/2010

The remake of the 1978 'rape and revenge' film, I Spit on Your Grave, has been cut by the BBFC to receive an '18' cinema rating. Cuts have been requested to A Serbian Film for DVD and Blu-ray release.

BBFC PUBLISHES 2009 ANNUAL REPORT

03/06/2010

A year of declining submissions for cinema and DVD but increased online certification via the BBFC.online scheme is marked in the BBFC Annual Report for 2009, published today. While the Board saw 'traditional' media submissions fall for the third year running, the voluntary classification scheme...

BBFC REJECTS SEXUALLY VIOLENT DVD

10/05/2010

The BBFC has rejected the sexually violent DVD, Lost in the Hood. This means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. The decision was taken by the Director, David Cooke and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Alison Hastings and Gerard Lemos. Lost in the Hood is a US sex...

BBFC REJECTS SEXUALLY VIOLENT JAPANESE HORROR DVD

19/08/2009

The BBFC has rejected the DVD Grotesque. This means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. The decision was taken by the Director, David Cooke and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Alison Hastings and Gerard Lemos.

NEW CLASSIFICATION GUIDELINES PUBLISHED BY THE BBFC

23/06/2009

The views of over 8,700 people across the UK from the age of 16 upwards have formed the basis for the latest set of classification Guidelines published today by the BBFC. David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said:

BBFC PASSES LARS VON TRIER'S ANTICHRIST 18 UNCUT

12/06/2009

The BBFC Guidelines for '18' rated works state that the more explicit images of sexual activity will not be allowed unless they can be exceptionally justified by context and the work is not a 'sex work' whose primary purpose is sexual arousal.  For these purposes Antichrist is very clearly not a '...

BBFC REJECTS SEXUALLY VIOLENT DVD

03/04/2009

NF713 takes the form of an extended sequence in which a man tortures a woman psychologically, physically and sexually.  The woman is bound and restrained throughout.  The man employs a variety of techniques ranging from invasive questioning about her body and her sexual life to genital torture...

British parents "concerned" about content of video games and want independent regulation

27/02/2009

The poll, conducted as the Government prepares to make a decision on whether to allow the games industry to continue to regulate privately, shows parents overwhelmingly favour some sort of system which would see video games rated in the same way DVDs and films are rated.

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