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BUMFIGHTS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN - VOLUME 1

BUMFIGHTS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN - VOLUME 1 artwork

BUMFIGHTS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN - VOLUME 1

Type of media Video

Release dates 01/07/2003

Director(s) Mikey,Ryan,Jamon McOckner

Cast includes Rufus The Stunt Bum, Todd Richard Lewis, Donnie The Bum

Cut This work was rejected.

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Rejection explanation

This work was rejected

Bumfights - Cause for Concern consists substantially of camcorder footage of homeless people ('bums') being abused,assaulted,and humiliated. These scenes are intercut with footage of street brawls and soft pornography. Under the Video Recordings Act 1984 the Board must have special regard to any harm to those likely to view a video and to any harm to society through the behaviour of those viewers afterwards. The Act singles out particular elements as being potentially harmful including criminal behaviour and violent behaviour or incidents. The BBFC guidelines for '18' rated works state that the Board may "cut or reject... any detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts which is likely to promote the activity" (page 16). The Board's guidelines for violence also state as particular concerns "callousness towards victims,encouraging aggressive attitudes [and] taking pleasure in pain and humiliation" (page 9). In the Board's view,the video breaches these guidelines by exploiting the physical and other vulnerabilities of homeless people.The Board considered the possibility of cuts. However,given the extent of the unacceptable material,cuts were not considered a viable option on this occasion.

Details

Title
BUMFIGHTS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN - VOLUME 1
Year
2003
Distributor(s)
Fabulous Films Ltd
Rejected date(s)
14/07/2003
Main language
English
Submitted run time
56m 10s
BBFC reference
AVV184212

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