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#askbbfc Twitter Q & A Transcript Wednesday 12 November 2014

On Wednesday 12 November , 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 classifying horror, gore, and suspense, using the #askBBFC hashtag. 

Date 13/11/2014

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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We'll start with a question about War Of The Worlds #askbbfc

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Ronandusty asks: Why was War Of The Worlds only a 12 cert? That was a terrifying film. Scarier than many a proper film. #askbbfc

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War Of The Worlds was classified 12A for sustained menace, threat and moderate horror in 2005 #askbbfc

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There’s a case study for the film & its public feedback here #askbbfc

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Next we have an #askbbfc question about trailers for horror films

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Jimbo Barstool asks: #askbbfc why are 12A rated trailers for horror films shown in 12A films?

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(cont…) Just because it is cut to 12A does not make it suitable for kids. #askbbfc

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Trailers are rated according to their own content, rather than according to the rating of the corresponding feature #askbbfc

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We often see trailers before we see the main feature, meaning that the film won’t yet have a rating #askbbfc

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We do however treat trailers more strictly since there’s less time to establish context #askbbfc

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You can read more about this on p. 10 of the Guidelines #askbbfc

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FilmLand Empire asks: are you more lenient faced with gory but unrealistic scenes? As opposed to more serious ones? #askbbfc

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If we’re classifying an older film, its potency might be diminished if the gory effects now look dated #askbbfc

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But this isn’t always the case, so it’s not possible to generalise #askbbfc

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We always take into account the overall tone & context in which gore appears #askbbfc

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Very strong gory images or those that dwell on detail or the infliction of pain can take a film to 18 #askbbfc

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Monaco of Kent asks: Why do most PG-13 horror movies end up getting 15-certs over here #askbbfc

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Some PG-13 horror films do receive a 15 rating here rather than a 12A #askbbfc

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This is because UK standards are different to those used by the MPAA #askbbfc

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The UK public is concerned about the tone of a film as well as violence and gore #askbbfc

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If a film has a persistent sinister or threatening tone, it’s unlikely to be acceptable at 12A #askbbfc

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You can read about this on page 19 of the Guidelines #askbbfc

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Neil asks: Why was a trailer for Hobbit 12A attached to Hotel Transylvania U? I had to take my terrified daughter home after Gollum.#askbbfc

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This sounds like a mistake by the cinema #askbbfc

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If this happens please alert the cinema manager #askbbfc

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Please also email details of the cinema, film, trailer screening time & date to feedback@bbfc.co.uk #askbbfc

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We’ll then get the cinema to investigate & rectify the mistake #askbbfc

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Prophet of Gener  & David Charles Bowen both have questions about horror films rated 15 #askbbfc

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They ask: Most horror films seem to be 15 now. Is this pandering to the distributors? #askbbfc #horror #film #age #ratings

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Some horror films are rated 15 while others are rated 18 #askbbfc

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All films are classified using the Guidelines regardless of their genre or distributor #askbbfc

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The Guidelines are published so film makers know what will take a film to 15 or to 18 #askbbfc

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With horror sometimes film makers prefer an 18 rating as it reflects just what level of horror film goers can expect #askbbfc

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Luke Walker asks: What has the greater influence on a horror film's certification? Content or public mood/view at the time? #askbbfc

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The only influence is the Guidelines which are updated every 4-5 years #askbbfc

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The last review of the Guidelines involved over 10,000 members of the public #askbbfc

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Repeating the exercise every 4-5 years means broad shifts in attitude are captured #askbbfc

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If we think a film chimes with current events we flag the issue concerned in the BBFCinsight #askbbfc

@BBFC ChrisCooke asks: Battleship Potemkin uses "inflammatory subtitles and Bolshevist Propaganda", why did you ever lift the ban? #askbbfc

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It’s not really thought of as a horror film, but there’s a case study for Battleship Potemkin here #askbbfc

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That’s all we have time for today. Thank you to everyone who tweeted #askbbfc questions this week

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