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#askBBFC Twitter Q and A Transcript - Friday 06 September

On Friday 6 September we ran the first BBFC #askBBFC twitter Q and A answer session. 

Date 09/09/2013

On Friday 6 September we ran the first BBFC #askBBFC twitter Q and A answer session. Earlier in the week, we’d asked you to submit your questions about BBFC age ratings using the #askBBFC hashtag. The answer session took the most interesting questions and answered them during a 30 minute session. If you missed this, the transcript of questions and answers follows below.

We’ll aim to hold a twitter Q and A once a month and we’ll give plenty notice about when we’re collecting questions and when the answer session will take place. We use this format to ensure that any questions that require detailed answers can be researched if required and formulated into as few tweets as possible.

You can send longer questions you have to us at any time, by emailing us.
 

#askBBFC Twitter Q and A Transcript

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We'll tweet the original #askBBFC question, who it's from & include the #askBBFC tag in every part of the answer

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First up: #askBBFC tony gorman: do companies submitting movies suggest a rating before the BBFC watch them or do they wait until the result?

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#askBBFC tony gorman, we do ask companies to tell us the age rating they want so examiners can keep this in mind while viewing...

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#askBBFC tony gorman, requests cannot always be met, 31% of films rated for cinema in 2012 were given a higher rating than the one requested
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Next up on #askBBFC 2D vs 3D...

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#askBBFC Nick Xylas: Why are 2D&3D versions of films classified separately? Are there any circumstances where they'd get different ratings?

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#askBBFC Nick Xylas, there is the chance a 3D film might have more impact, or be a different version to the 2D film...

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#askBBFC Nick Xylas, if we view the 3D version first, we give the 2D the same rating provided it’s otherwise identical

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Trance and its 15 rating is our next question on the #askBBFC answer session

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#askBBFC I.Q. Hunter: How on earth did Trance - and *that* shot of Dawson - get away with a 15 certificate?

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#askBBFC I.Q. Hunter you can read the BBFCinsight for TRANCE & this scene at http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/trance-2013 … ...

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#askBBFC I.Q. Hunter at 15 there are no constraints on nudity in a non-sexual context - this scene in the film isn’t a sex scene

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Next up - problematic films #askBBFC Kevin Crighton: Which film would you say has giving the BBFC the most problems in the last 25 years?

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#askBBFC Kevin Crighton in the 90s films like Kids & Crash caused controversy for a number of reasons...

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#askBBFC Kevin Crighton in 1999, three films challenged BBFC standards on sex- The Idiots, Romance, and Seul Contre Tous...

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#askBBFC Kevin Crighton read more about these films at http://www.bbfc.co.uk/education-resources/student-guide/bbfc-history …

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We're just over half way through the #askBBFC answer session. We'll collect up new #askBBFC questions posted today for the next session

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12A & 12 #askBBFC Simon Stirrat asks: Why the disparity between the '12A' rating (for cinemas) and the '12' rating (home media)?

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#askBBFC Simon Stirrat, the 12A is for cinema releases only and must be enforced by the cinema...

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#askBBFC Simon Stirrat, the 12 is for DVD/Blu-ray or video on demand/streaming only. Most films rated 12A are rated 12 on DVD/Blu-ray.

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MattCipolla asks about horror films at 15 #askBBFC ...

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#askBBFC MattCipolla: Why do horror films, even those without gore e.g Insidious, have a 15? Why can't a guardian accompany an 11 year-old?

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#askBBFC MattCipolla, horror is not just about gore. Strong, sustained threat & terrorisation is a classification issue...

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#askBBFC MattCipolla at 12/12A only moderate physical&psychological threat is permitted...

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#askBBFC MattCipolla also at 12/12A disturbing sequences must not be too frequent or sustained

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#askBBFC MattCipolla the 15 is not an advisory rating like 12A, so you can’t take an 11 year-old to see a 15.

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Our last question today is about BBFC film examiners #askBBFC ...

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#askBBFC ellen cheshire asks: do BBFC examiners still enjoy watching movies? Or does their job get in the way?

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#askBBFC ellen cheshire, yes generally examiners are film-lovers & enjoy seeing films in their spare time

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#askBBFC ellen cheshire examiners can’t choose their work viewing schedule so they still like to see things they choose to watch themselves!
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That's all we have time for today, thank you to everyone submitting questions to #askBBFC - we'll answer new ones posted today next time

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We'll write up this #askBBFC session as a post on our news page. Til then we also provide a lots of BBFC FAQs at http://www.bbfc.co.uk/about-bbfc/faqs
 

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