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#askBBFC Twitter Q & A Transcript - Wednesday 28 May

On Wednesday 28 May, we held the answer session for our Twitter Q & A.

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

Date 29/05/2014

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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We're starting our #askBBFC Q&A today with a question from JonKamelot about classification under Scottish independence

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Would BBFC still include Scotland if the vote for independence is yes or would there be a separate form of classification? #askBBFC

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We’re not a lobbying organisation & we carry out our work by being designated by Parliament to do so #askBBFC

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Our public consultation work includes feedback from focus groups from across the UK, including Scotland #askBBFC

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At the last consultation in 2013 we saw little difference in attitudes between any of the regions & constituent parts of the UK #askBBFC

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There are high agreement levels with our ratings across the UK #askBBFC

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92% including in Scotland agreed with the classification of films&videos they had seen recently #askBBFC

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Robert Wells asks: When does a film need a certificate? I'm thinking especially of film festivals&that kind of exhibition screening #askBBFC

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Under the Licensing Act a certificate is needed unless the local council agrees for a film to be shown without one #askBBFC

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This is sometimes the case at film festivals #askBBFC

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Next up in our Q&A answer session - Ben Warwick asks about harm #askBBFC

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Do you think there is a harm to individuals who aren't children? How do you address these effects? #askBBFC

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We’re required to consider harm even at the adult level #askBBFC

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Research is often contested so we rely on experience & public opinion about what might be harmful #askBBFC

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Our research into sexual&sadistic violence showed the public still want us to intervene #askBBFC

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You can read about this here #askBBFC

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We’ve had questions from Laura Cox & Martin Hollis about the ‘E’ for Exempt symbol #askBBFC

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And whether Exempt videos can be used in teaching #askBBFC

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Videos labelled ‘E’ have not been classified by BBFC #askBBFC

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Under the VRA they can claim exemption if they are designed to educate or are about sport, music or religion #askBBFC

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And if they don’t contain very strong content such as “gross violence” #askBBFC

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The same doesn’t apply under the Licensing Act for cinemas #askBBFC

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Martin Hollis has asked us about Blackfish, as he plans to use it in teaching this year #askBBFC

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Blackfish was classified 15 for cinema release but its distributor claimed exemption on video #askBBFC

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Nevertheless, we do not consider Blackfish to be suitable for under 15s #askBBFC

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The VRA is about to be changed to content that would be rated 12 or higher can no longer claim exemption #askBBFC

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The change is the result of a consultation with industry & those with child protection roles, read more #askBBFC

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Bod asks: Given that a 12A certificate leads to a large number of small children viewing these films why is the use of F*** allowed? #askBBFC

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12A films contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12 #askBBFC

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But an adult may take a child under 12 if they think the film is suitable #askBBFC

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BBFCinsight can help parents decide if the film is suitable for their child #askBBFC

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We asked the public what language they think is acceptable at 12A/12 during the 2013 Guidelines consultation #askBBFC

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They agreed strong language may be passed at 12A depending on how it’s used, who by, frequency & any special contextual justification #askBBFC

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Aggressive uses of strong language are unlikely to be acceptable at 12A #askBBFC

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You can find public opinion on language at 12A/12 on p.78 of the Guidelines research #askBBFC

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We have time for one last #askBBFC question today

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Eliza’s muvva asks about classifying cartoon violence vs realistic violence #askBBFC

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What helps you distinguish between the effect of cartoon violence -v- the real sort, as regards the impact on young children? #askBBFC

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#askBBFC violence that is unrealistic can be passed at the lower categories e.g animation, fantasy

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But it must be mild, not prolonged, without detail & unlikely to seem real to most young children #askBBFC

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Parents tell us that fantasy is a key mitigating factor for violence at the PG level #askBBFC

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You can read more about this on p.85-86 of the Guidelines research #askBBFC

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That's all our #askBBFC questions for today. Thank you to everyone who tweeted their questions last week

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We'll post a full transcript of the #askBBFC Q&A on our Education news page
 

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