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#askBBFC Twitter Q & A Transcript - Friday 01 August

On Friday 01 August, we held the answer session for our Twitter Q & A.

Earlier in the week we asked our followers to tweet us their questions about the 12A film classification using the #askBBFC hashtag. The Q & A was held in the same week we launched our new 12A video.
 

Date 01/08/2014

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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AndrewBeeken: has 12A become the equivalent of the PG rating from 80’s/90’s? Almost seems default for modern summer blockbusters #askbbfc

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Until 1989 there was no 12 for video or film, only PG or 15. For example JAWS was a PG but is now classified 12A/12 #askbbfc

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On as basic level the new 12A category is another advisory category like PG, that attracts a wide audience #askbbfc

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However it is not a straightforward translation from older PG films to modern 12A films #askbbfc

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Alongside the introduction of the 12 in 1989 & 12A in 2002 the BBFC Guidelines also changed #askbbfc

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From 2000 the Guidelines were based on large scale public consultation to better reflect public opinion #askbbfc

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So it’s hard to compare a 1980s PG to a modern 12A as the Guidelines & public acceptability on certain issues have changed #askbbfc

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We saw a rise in 12A films in 2013, but they weren’t all blockbusters #askbbfc

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Many 12A films in 2013 were new kinds of film works such as recorded theatre performances or events #askbbfc

@BBFC 
Our next #askbbfc 12A question is from Gary Lawson

GaryLawson says: as a parent, the 12A is far too wide reaching in scope, and lacks clarity, do you regret the confusion? #askbbfc

@BBFC 
Our Guidelines are based on public consultation involving over 10,000 members of the public #askbbfc

@BBFC 
The 12A standards reflect what the public, including parents, tell us is acceptable at that level #askbbfc

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The 12A was also established because parents wanted more choice in letting younger children see a 12A film #askbbfc

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And we provide BBFCinsight to help them make an informed choice #askbbfc

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Child development experts also agree that at this age group children develop at different rates #askbbfc

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So a parent is best placed to decide if a 12A film is suitable for their child #askbbfc

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This aside, we still recommend 12A films as generally suitable for children aged 12 & over #askbbfc

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The 12A is a broad category because it spans from the upper end of PG to the beginning of the 15 level #askbbfc

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Children develop hugely between the age of 8 which we recommend for PG films and the ages of 12 & 14 #askbbfc

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But on the whole 92% agree with the BBFC rating for films they have seen recently #askbbfc

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Next we have an #askbbfc question about MPAA ratings...

MartinHolis asks: whilst BBFC is independent, are there ever conversations about keeping parallels between 12A and the MPAA PG-13? #askbbfc

@BBFC 
Because we base our Guidelines on UK public opinion, we don’t take direction from MPAA ratings #askbbfc

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Some films rated PG-13 by the MPAA are rated 15 in the UK #askbbfc

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Similarly some films rated R by the MPAA receive a 12A in the UK #askbbfc

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Our final #askbbfc question today is from Adam @vultureofrock

Adam asks: Can you get rid of 12A, bring back 12 & make the distinction between PG and 12 real again? #askbbfc

@BBFC 
There are clear distinctions between PG & 12A - these are laid out in our Guidelines #askbbfc

@BBFC 
Parents want the choice 12A gives because they know their children best #askbbfc

@BBFC 
Though we still recommend PG films for children aged around 8 & 12A films for children of 12 & up #askbbfc

@BBFC 
Our new 12A video reminds parents to check BBFCinsight to make sure a 12A film is suitable for their child before they see it #askbbfc

@BBFC 
That’s all we have time for today. Thank you to everyone sending #askbbfc questions this week

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If you missed any of the #askbbfc answers today we’ll publish a transcript & tweet the link

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