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#askBBFC Twitter Q and A Transcript - Friday 21 February

On Friday 21 February we held the answers session for our second #askBBFC twitter Q and A of 2014. At the beginning of the week we asked our other followers to tweet us with their questions about age ratings using the #askBBFC hashtag.

Date 24/02/2014

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 aim to hold a twitter Q and A once a month and we’ll give plenty notice about when we’re collecting questions, whether there is a specific theme 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.


‏@BBFC 
Thank you to everyone submitting #askBBFC questions this week, we're going to start our answer session with a question about 12A

‏@BBFC
CJ asks: Your 12A classification is flawed Eg - A young child was brought into 'Robocop' spent whole movie disinterested #askBBFC

@BBFC
Films classified 12A are not generally suitable for children aged under 12 #askBBFC

‏@BBFC
Adults planning to take a child under 12 to view a 12A film should consider whether the film is suitable for that child #askBBFC

‏@BBFC 
To help adults decide, we recommend they check the BBFCinsight for that film in advance #askBBFC

‏@BBFC 
There's more information about 12A in our FAQs #askBBFC 
 

@BBFC
Our next question is about BBFCinsight #askBBFC

BBFC ‏@BBFC  Feb 21
James Robinson asks: Why put consumer advice on the black card? #askBBFC

‏@BBFC
#askBBFC BBFCinsight on black cards is fairly new & we made the decision in partnership with the industry

@BBFC
#askBBFC BBFCinsight is designed to remind viewers why the film they’re about to see received the rating it did

@BBFC
#askBBFC we do want to encourage viewers to check BBFCinsight before they see a film

‏@BBFC
There's a trailer about BBFCinsight and how it works on our website #askBBFC
 

@BBFC
Next up, Mike Cooke asks about imitability in Breaking Bad #askBBFC

@BBFC
#askBBFC given the graphic drug taking in Breaking Bad how does the BBFC handle "imitability" of such scenes?

‏@BBFC
A couple of episodes of Breaking Bad have been passed 18 rather than 15 #askBBFC

‏@BBFC
This was because of the degree of focus on preparation, combined with a lack of overt criticism in those episodes #askBBFC

@BBFC
If a work presents novel instructional detail, it may be cut at any category #askBBFC
 
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The difference between 15 & 18 is the degree to which activities are condoned or made to look appealing #askBBFC


@BBFC
Eliza’s Muvva asks about media coverage of the new Guidelines #askBBFC

@BBFC
#askBBFC Did some tabloid coverage of the new Guidelines drive you crackers?  Some don't understand you've tightened things up at U level.

@BBFC
#askBBFC language is tightening up at U & some media didn't focus on this, but it is laid out in our press release http://bit.ly/OdFc71


@BBFC
James Meek asks about the viability of 15A and 18A ratings for cinema #askBBFC

‏@BBFC
#askBBFC Is 15a and 18a a viable option? At home a parent is responsible for film content exposure, so should we relax cinema law?

 
‏@BBFC
#askBBFC there has been little public feedback from parents in favour of a 15A rating

@BBFC
A 15 film may have stronger violence, language, sexual activity, discrimination & drug taking #askBBFC

@BBFC
At 15 there can also be brief scenes of sexual violence or verbal references to sexual violence #askBBFC

@BBFC
These are all elements that parents tell us are not acceptable for children aged around 12 #askBBFC

@BBFC
You can read more about this in our research, which is published here http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/research … #askBBFC
 

@BBFC
Our final #askBBFC question today is about age ratings in other countries

‏@BBFC
Matthew Sheppard asks: Do you ever compare your guidelines to other countries boards? (Like the oflc for example) #askBBFC

@BBFC
#askBBFC we classify for the UK public based on their opinions and we keep track of opinion via regular large scale research

@BBFC
We have contact with many international rating boards, but each works to its own country’s sensibilities #askBBFC

@BBFC
We all recognise this but we do work together. For example, we worked with NICAM on a User Generated Content rating tool #askBBFC

‏@BBFC
We learn from each other and share best practice #askBBFC


@BBFC
Thank you to everyone submitting #askBBFC questions, you can find more of our Q&As transcribed on our Education page 

 

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