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#askbbfc Twitter Q and A transcript Thursday 7 January

On Thursday 7 January we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Date 11/01/2016

Over the Christmas holiday, we asked our followers to tweet us their classification questions about films they have seen recently, or during the festive holiday, 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 who tweeted #askbbfc questions over the holiday. We’re going to answer as many as we can in the next 30 minutes.


We'll begin with an #askbbfc question from Emma about the film KNOCK KNOCK
Q: in KNOCK KNOCK, the second sex scene was not consensual. Why was 'sexual violence' missing from the consumer information? #askbbfc

A: The scene is complex & the issues are dealt with in detail in the long insight on our website & free App  #askbbfc


Rob Brown tweeted a question about the classification of the film There Will Be Blood #askbbfc
Q: Did you uprate There Will Be Blood from a 12A to a 15 at the distributor's request? Doesn't this set a dangerous precedent? #askbbfc

A: We will reconsider a classification at a company's request, which was the case with There Will Be Blood #askbbfc

A: This may result in a change of category if such a change is appropriate #askbbfc

A: If the change is not appropriate the film must be altered to meet the category request #askbbfc

A: Strong bloody violence in the film was borderline 12A/15 #askbbfc

A : Given the borderline nature of the violence, the 15 rating requested by the distributor was judged reasonable and appropriate #askbbfc

A: You can read about reconsiderations on our industry services page #askbbfc


Snoochie Boochies has an #askbbfc question about the film Let's Be Cops
Q: In Let's Be Cops there are a few untranslated uses of the c-word in Spanish, why was this not flagged in the consumer info? #askbbfc

A: We only take account of bad language which will be commonly understood by the likely audience #askbbfc

A: The work is mostly english language and is rated 15 #askbbfc

A: At 15 very strong language may be permitted, depending on the manner, who is using it & its frequency #askbbfc


Kieran has a question about The Social Network #askbbfc
Q: BBFC policy on cocaine use? I thought it automatically made a film a 15 but college kids were shown taking it in Social Network. #askbbfc

A: At 12A/12 misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or give instructional detail #askbbfc

A: You can read more detail about this scene in the long BBFCinsight for the film #askbbfc


Gary g has a question about Still Alice and 99 Homes #askbbfc
Q: Why in Still Alice is a mention of oral sex deemed moderate sex reference but in 99 Homes the same term is a strong sex ref? #askbbfc

A: Context, tone and frequency of references are all important considerations which may affect the classification #askbbfc

A: This will be reflected in the BBFCinsight for the work as well as in the classification #askbbfc

A: Still Alice was rated 12A in 2015 for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references #askbbfc

A: At 12A/12 Moderate sex references are permitted, but frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable #askbbfc

A: 99 Homes is rated 15 for strong language & sex references #askbbfc

A: At 15 there may be strong verbal sex references but the strongest references are unlikely unless justified by context #askbbfc

A: In 99 Homes the references were much more frequent, giving them more focus and emphasis #askbbfc

A: As mentioned in the 12A/12 Guidelines, the frequency of sex references can take a work to a higher category #askbbfc


Joe Underwood has a question about language in The Second Mother and About Time #askbbfc
Q: Why was The Second Mother a 15 when the f-word was used 3 or 4 times, yet About Time was a 12A when it was used 5 times? #askbbfc

A: The Second Mother contains five uses making it borderline 12A/15 & there was no compelling argument for the lower rating #askbbfc

A: In About Time there are five uses of strong language which occur in different comic situations & without aggression #askbbfc


Paul Britter asks:
Q: What is the difference between 12A and PG? Don't they both mean the same thing? #askbbfc

A: A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older #askbbfc

A: A 12A film is generally suitable for children aged 12 and over #askbbfc

A: A parent or guardian may take a younger child to see a 12A film if they think it us suitable for them #askbbfc

A: Long BBFCinsight is designed to help parents & guardians make this decision #askbbfc

A: Detailed information on the Guidelines at PG & 12A are available here #askbbfc

A: A video on 12A is also available on our 12A page, our App & on Vimeo #askbbfc


Conor Conneally asks
Q: Should there be a rating between PG & 12A? Films like Star Wars & Spectre didn't suit either category well #askbbfc

A: It would be difficult to insert a new rating between PG & 12A  #askbbfc

A: A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older, while 12A means generally suitable for 12 & over #askbbfc

A: Between these ages children develop at different rates #askbbfc

A: So long BBFCinsight gives detail to help parents decide if a PG or 12A film is suitable for their child #askbbfc


The Movie Badger asks about Star Wars: The Force Awakens & Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves #askbbfc
Q: #askbbfc How did Star Wars TFA get 12A rating? I saw Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves (PG) aged 7 - surely contains more disturbing material?

A: The long BBFCinsight for Star Wars: The Force Awakens explains the rating decision in detail #askbbfc

A: Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves was rated PG on its first release in 1991 #askbbfc

A: In 2003 the work was cut to keep its PG certificate in line with modern guidelines #askbbfc

A: You can read the cuts information on our website #askbbfc


That's all we have time for today. Thank you to everyone who tweeted #askbbfc questions for this session, we received a great selection.

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