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

For media requests regarding access to BBFC Archive files please let us have a list of the film titles you would like to research, along with their release dates. It helps us find the relevant documents for you if you are able to  give detail relating to the research being undertaken, or your reasons for the enquiry. We will then check the availability of each file and contact you to arrange an appointment for you to view the records at the BBFC.  The BBFC is not able to undertake any research into the contents of files on behalf of the media. 

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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.

BBFC rejects The Texas Vibrator Massacre

18/08/2008

The Texas Vibrator Massacre takes the form of a sex work (that is to say a work whose primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation) based loosely upon the notorious 1974 horror film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

BBFC Appoints New Vice Presidents

14/07/2008

Alison Hastings is a media consultant; a member of the BBC Trust and Chair of the Audience Council England (as Trustee for England) and a member of the Audience and Performance Committee. She is also a member of the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee. She was a member of the Press...

BBFC Rejects Criticism Of Byron Games Classification Proposals

30/06/2008

The BBFC's Director, David Cooke, today rejected criticisms from some quarters of the games industry of the Byron Report proposals for games classification. He said:

BBFC Launches Download Classification Scheme in Partnership with the Home Entertainment Industry

21/05/2008

The BBFC has worked closely with the home entertainment industry to develop this voluntary regulatory scheme that will bring the benefits of the DVD classification system to the world of downloads and the internet. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Europe, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox...

BBFC Tougher on Violence than US Counterpart

21/05/2008

The BBFC is taking a tougher stance on violence in films aimed at young teenagers than the US film regulator, the MPAA (the Motion Picture Association of America). The differences are highlighted in the BBFC's 2007 Annual Report, published today. David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said:

BBFC Responds to the Byron Review

27/03/2008

Responding to the Byron Report, David Cooke, Director of the BBFC, said:

VAC ALLOWS APPEAL ON MANHUNT 2

14/03/2008

The Board's decision to refuse a certificate to Manhunt 2 was successfully challenged on appeal to the Video Appeals Committee.  The Board challenged the VAC's decision by way of Judicial Review before the High Court, which quashed the decision on grounds of errors of law.

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