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#askbbfc Twitter Q and A transcript Thursday 15 January 2015

On Thursday 15 January, we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Earlier in the week we asked our followers to tweet us their questions about films on the border of two age ratings, for example U/PG, or 12A/15, using the #askBBFC hashtag. 

Date 16/01/2015

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.

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Thank you to everyone who tweeted questions about films on the border of two age ratings e.g U/PG; 12A/15 #askbbfc

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We'll begin our #askbbfc answer session with a question from Martin Hollis about the cuts made to The Maze Runner to secure a 12A rating

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Q: @BBFC #askbbfc I'm interested in the cuts that lowered the certificate of The Maze Runner. As I understand, not just scenes/shots cut?

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A: #askbbfc the reductions to Maze Runner are detailed on our website

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A: #askbbfc in addition to 43 seconds of cuts there was some reframing of shots

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A: #askbbfc this reframing removed detail such as bloody corpses, and sound reductions were made to crunchy blows

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Q: #askbbfc Monaco of Kent asks about 15 cinema releases going to 18 on DVD…

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Q: @BBFC Does a film being 15 in cinema but 18 on home media (e.g. Sleepers) relate to being on the borderline, or something else? #askbbfc

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A: #askbbfc when a film is released at a higher rating on DVD/Blu-ray it could be for a number of reasons

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A: #askbbfc sometimes the distributor may have cut material for a lower rating for cinema release

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A: If the cuts are reinstated for the DVD/Blu-ray, it can result in a higher certificate #askbbfc

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A: But this is not always the case. Sometimes it’s added extras that result in a higher rating #askbbfc

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Q: #askbbfc Chris Parkes has a similar question about Die Hard 2

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Q: @BBFC what decided in the two different ratings for Die Hard 2 from cinema to home video? #askbbfc

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A: #askbbfc you can find a classification history for Die Hard 2 in the long insight

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A: #askbbfc Die Hard 2 was cut for 15 on its first release & a subsequent uncut version was released on video at 18 in 1992 & on DVD in 2008

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Q: #askbbfc Flintworks asks why the BBFC gives advice about cuts to achieve a lower rating

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Q: Why do bbfc recommend cuts to films? having bought uk version of #malena I had to buy region 1 to see #tornatores film as made #askbbfc

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A: #askbbfc the BBFC has recommended cuts throughout its entire 102 year history

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A: #askbbfc the Guidelines are published but sometimes a distributor wants more advice about what to reduce to secure a particular rating

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A: #askbbfc it is ultimately the decision of the distributor if and how they make these reductions

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A: #askbbfc the higher age rating without cuts is also still available to them

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Q: #askbbfc Alan asks about the classification of Inside No.9 in the UK & Ireland

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Q: #askbbfc Please could you tell me why Inside No.9 was given an 18? Also why was it given a 15 in Ireland?

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A: #askbbfc there are a number of episodes in season 1 of Inside No. 9

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A: #askbbfc most of these are rated 15, but one is 18. This takes the DVD box set to 18

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A: #askbbfc find each episode rating here

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A: #askbbfc Ireland operates under the IFCO rating system & with different guidelines

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A: #askbbfc so not all works receive the same rating in the UK as in Ireland

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A: #askbbfc find out more about IFCO ratings at http://www.ifco.ie

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Q: #askbbfc Sam Rees has a question about 12A

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Q: #askbbfc would the bbfc ever get rid of 12A because in a number of ways it makes the idea of a 12 pointless if parents can ignore it

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A: #askbbfc at the last Guidelines review in 2013, we found 75% understand a 12A film is generally suitable for children aged 12 & over...

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A: but a younger child may see a 12A film if accompanied by an adult #askbbfc

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A: #askbbfc last year we showed a 12A trailer in cinemas reminding parents to check BBFCinsight for a 12A before taking an under12 to see it

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A: #askbbfc long BBFCinsight explains in detail why the film got its rating, helping parents decide whether to take an under12 to a 12A film

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A: #askbbfc it is unlikely the 12A rating will change. But we’ll continue to monitor levels of understanding & feedback

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A: #askbbfc the 12A has similar equivalents in many countries e.g PG-13 in the USA & 12A in Ireland

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Q: #askbbfc Felipe Guimarães has a question about giving advice about cuts

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Q: #askbbfc Don't you think that suggesting specific cuts may cast @BBFC in a bad light as a censorship organization?

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A: #askbbfc as stated earlier, the BBFC has always given advice about cuts

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A: #askbbfc so far the majority of the public are not concerned about a film being cut to achieve a lower age rating

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A: #askbbfc at the 18 level only material that is in breach of UK law or potentially harmful is cut

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Q: #askbbfc We’ll finish with an #askbbfc question we didn’t have time for back in November

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Q: #askbbfc Cornervizion asks about the horror film Found

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Q: Regarding the recent rating of Horror film "Found" were you given a pre-cut or an uncut version to certify? #askbbfc

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A: #askbbfc our website details a cut required to pass Found at 18 here

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A: #askbbfc we’re not required to ask if the version originally submitted had been pre-cut before the cut required for a UK 18 rating

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A: #askbbfc it’s the decision of the distributor what version of their work they submit

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That's all we have time for today. We'll upload a transcript of this #askbbfc Q&A and tweet the link

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Thank you again to everyone who tweeted us with their #askbbfc questions

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