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CHATROOM

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CHATROOM

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 97m 22s

Release date 24/12/2010

BBFCInsight Contains suicide theme and strong sex references

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Hideo Nakata

Cast includes Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard, Hannah Murray, Daniel Kaluuya, Megan Dodds, Michelle Fairley, Nicholas Gleaves, Jacob Anderson, Tuppence Middleton, Ophelia Lovibond, Richard Madden

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 14/12/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CHATROOM is a drama about a group of teenagers who meet on an online forum.

Suicide

A character visits various websites and forums that showcase and promote suicide, and there are scenes that feature a girl jumping out of a window, a young boy taking a drug overdose after he has been the victim of online bullying and another teenager hanging himself. However, none of these sequences linger on the fate of the victims or offer novel instructional detail. There is also a scene of self harm, in which a character cuts himself in the arm.

Sex

Strong sex references occur in the context of online 'sex chat' and paedophiles posing as children or teenagers to target others.

There is infrequent use of strong language ('f**k').

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This film was originally sent to the BBFC at the script stage. Based on a reading of the script the BBFC informed the company that the film was generally likely to fall within the desired '15' classification. However the company were advised that some scenes had the potential to take the film to '18' , or be otherwise problematic, dependent on how they were shot. In particular the BBFC advised that scenes featuring child actors should not be filmed in such a way as to sexualise the performers. It was also advised that scenes featuring suicides should be kept discreet and that novel detail which could be copied should be avoided. In a couple of cases the company were advised that specific lines of sexual dialogue should be removed or changed for the '15' classification. A version of the film was subsequently submitted to the BBFC prior to formal submission and most recommendations from the original script had been addressed. On formal submission of the finished version the changes remained evident and the film was classified '15'.

Details

Title
CHATROOM
Year
2010
Distributor(s)
Pathe Productions LTD
Classified date(s)
11/03/2010
Main language
English
Submitted run time
97m 22s
Approved footage
8762+5
BBFC reference
AFV264670
Registration number
CFJ20875

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