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#askBBFC Twitter Q & A Transcript - Friday 20 June

On Friday 20 June, we held the answer session for our Twitter Q & A.

The previous week we asked our followers to tweet us their questions about the history of film classification and the BBFC, using the #askBBFC hashtag.
 

Date 23/06/2014

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.

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This week we've been asking for your questions about BBFC history for our #askbbfc Q&A.

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We’ll begin our answer session with an #askbbfc question about the 12 video rating

@BBFC
Mr. Saturday Night asks: Why was the 12 cert not introduced to video until 1994 when it was in cinemas from 1989? #askbbfc

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#askbbfc The delay was because the introduction of the 12 on video required legislative change by Parliament

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#askbbfc an amendment had to be made to the Video Recordings Act to introduce the 12 on video

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You can read more about the Video Recordings Act in our student guide #askbbfc

@BBFC
Benjamin N asks: Can you please bring back the 'X' rating? It sounds so much cooler than 18 #askbbfc

@BBFC
#askbbfc the X rating was an iconic rating. It originally signalled suitable for over 16s only

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#askbbfc the X rating was raised to over 18s only in 1970 and replaced by the 18 in 1982

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#askbbfc it would likely be confusing to switch back to an X rating now especially when its meaning has already changed over time

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#askbbfc you can see all the historical BBFC age ratings in our timeline 

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For our final question today, Slinker^ asks about proposed changes to the VRA #askbbfc

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#askbbfc why are you making it harder for Indy DVD companies to release films & supplementary footage by changing submission charges?

@BBFC
#askbbfc The proposed changes to the Video Recordings Act (VRA) are here

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#askBBFC Page 5 of the first document sets out when content would be considered exempt.

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The consultation on the VRA was carried out by DCMS #askBBFC

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It was designed to consider whether content previously exempt which is unsuitable for younger children should be classified #askBBFC

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Any distributors requiring guidance can contact us to set up a briefing on feedback@bbfc.co.uk #askBBFC

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Thank you to everyone sending #askbbfc questions this week

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For more BBFC history facts visit our timeline  #askbbfc

@BBFC
BBFC education resources also include case studies for over 150 films #askbbfc

 

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