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#askbbfc Twitter Q and A transcript Friday 27 March

On Friday 27 March, we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Date 30/03/2015

Earlier in the week we asked our followers to tweet us their questions about the classification history of cult or classic films, using the #askBBFC hashtag.

The #askbbfc 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.

Thank you to everyone tweeting us with #askbbfc questions this week

We'll begin the answer session today with a question from Nick Xylas about the film Django (1969) #askbbfc

Q: Recently rewatched Django Unchained and it got me wondering why the original Django was refused a certificate in the '60s.  #askbbfc

A: When the BBFC saw Django they were concerned by the excessive violence in the film & the moral tone #askbbfc

A: Django was refused a certificate unless heavy cuts were made to violence in the film #askbbfc

A: The distributor decided the film would be of little value to him if heavily cut & so withdrew it #askbbfc

A: Django was seen again on video in 1993 & rated 18 #askbbfc

A: Django was most recently classified in 2004 & rated 15 for moderate, bloody violence #askbbfc


Our next question is from Jason, he asks why Halloween (1978) is still rated 18 #askBBFC

Q: why do you still consider Halloween as an 18?  It has very little blood, nudity & swearing. I've seen worse 15 rated films. #askbbfc

A: Halloween (1978) was classified most recently for cinema in 2012. You can see the BBFCinsight at http://bbfc.co.uk/releases/halloween-1978 … #askbbfc

A: When classifying an old film, we consider if the existing category is still reasonable #askbbfc

A: The real-world context of Halloween, combined with the sadism of some moments, kept the film at 18 #askBBFC


Geraint Bowen has a question about Starship Troopers and Ransom #askbbfc

Q: Cinema releases of Starship Troopers and Ransom were 15 but raised to 18 when released on VHS? Why a lower rating? #askbbfc

A: Starship Troopers was rated 15 on film in 1997 #askbbfc

A: The cinema release resulted in complaints, both in letters and at 'roadshow' events held during 1998 #askbbfc

A: As a result we classified the video version should be raised to 18 to give greater warning to parents #askbbfc

A: Ransom was rated 15 for cinema release in 1996 #askbbfc

A: When submitted on video in 1997 the BBFC requested a cut to a neck chop #askbbfc

A: This dangerous combat technique was considered potentially more imitable on video, where it could be replayed #askbbfc

A: The company declined to make the cut and preferred to take an 18 uncut #askbbfc

A: Ransom was submitted for a VoD rating in 2012 & passed 15 #askbbfc


Stevie Cohen asks about giving advice for cuts to achieve a specific age rating #askbbfc

Q: Do you ever give film makers advice i.e. don't bother making that cut to get a 12 certificate etc... #askbbfc

A: If there's an issue throughout a film e.g tone, threat, we may suggest cuts are unlikely to achieve any change in the rating #askbbfc

A: However a distributor is free to make whatever cuts they want to #askbbfc

A: Sometimes this will help them achieve the rating they are aiming for, but not always #askbbfc


Now we're going to answer some #askbbfc questions tweeted during the last answer session in February

During the last answer session Paul Ferrer asked about classification of male & female nudity #askbbfc

Q: #askbbfc has been much talk of the double standards of nakedness in FiftyShades if there was more johnson than Johnson would it be R18?

A: BBFC Guidelines treat male & female nudity in the same way #askbbfc

A: Fifty Shades Of Grey was not considered a sex work under BBFC Guidelines #askbbfc

A: We can't speculate on whether a film would be rated differently if it contained more male nudity #askbbfc

A: Or any other content not in the submitted version #askbbfc

A: However at 18 adults are free to choose what they watch as long as it is within UK law & does not pose a harm risk #askbbfc

A: The are some works at 18 where nudity & sex go beyond that shown in Fifty Shades Of Grey #askbbfc


Paul Ferrer also asked about Europe-wide ratings #askbbfc

Q: There was talk of a Europe wide rating system but if France can give Fifty Shades a 12 while its a 18 here could never happen? #askbbfc

A: BBFC ratings are based on UK public opinion & adhere to UK laws #askbbfc

A: Since public opinion & acceptability varies between European countries a joint system is unlikely #askbbfc

A: Our work with regulators in other countries on a UserGeneratedContent rating tool highlights these differences in acceptability #askbbfc

A: The tool gives a rating based on a questionnaire & is tailored to standards in each of the countries taking part #askbbfc

A: Sometimes entering the same answers yields a different result in one country to another #askbbfc


That's all we have time for today. Thank you to everyone asking #askbbfc questions this week

If you missed any of the answer session today, we'll post a full transcript on our website and tweet the link #askbbfc



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