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#askBBFCed Twitter Q and A Transcript - Friday 10 October 2014

On Friday 10 October, we held the answer session for our BBFC Education Twitter Q & A.

Earlier in the week we asked our followers, particularly students and teachers, to tweet us their questions about film classification using the #askBBFCed hashtag. 

Date 14/10/2014

The #askbbfced 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.

@BBFC
We've been collecting your #askbbfced questions about film age-ratings this week

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We’re going to answer as many as we can in the next 30 minutes #askbbfced

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Our first #askbbfced question is from KevinCrighton…

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#askbbfced When rating films that contain cartoon style violence (eg: Home Alone) how do you apply age when considering the rating?

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#askbbfced at U mild violence may be acceptable if justified by context eg comedic animated unrealistic

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#askbbfced at PG violence is usually mild but there may be moderate undetailed violence, if justified by context eg history comedy fantasy

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#askbbfced so comedic violence may be passed at U or PG if the treatment & frequency are appropriate at each category

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LeonPlumb has an #askbbfced question about The Italian Job

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Why is The Italian Job only rated PG when there is alot of mature themes in the film? #askBBFCed

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The Italian Job was classified U on film in 1969 #askbbfced

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It has been classified PG on video since 1988 #askbbfced

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The PG for The Italian Job is mainly for language & mild sexual references #askbbfced

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The Italian Job was most recently classified PG in 2009, under the last set of Guidelines #askbbfced

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At PG mild bad language & mild innuendo can be permitted #askbbfced

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Most themes have the potential to be passed at most categories, if the treatment is suitable #askbbfced

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BarnabyWalter has a question about classifying films that deal with drugs #askbbfced

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How does the BBFC decide which age groups can see which drugs onscreen?  #askbbfced #film #classification #education

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We review the Classification Guidelines every 4-5 years #askbbfced

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At the last review in 2013, more than 10,000 members of the public took part #askbbfced

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We ask them what they think is acceptable at each category. This includes depictions of drugs #askbbfced

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Drug misuse can be acceptable at 12/12A but must be infrequent, not glamorised or give instructional detail #askbbfced

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Films classified 15 shouldn't promote drug misuse #askbbfced

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At 15 misuse of easily accessible or highly dangerous substances e.g aerosols is unlikely to be acceptable #askbbfced

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At 18 the public agrees adults should be free to choose their own entertainment #askbbfced

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Exceptions to this at 18 is if the content breaches criminal law or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence #askbbfced

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See what the public said about classifying drugs on p.65-70 of the Guidelines research  #askbbfced

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BarnabyWlaters & MarkMinors have questions about BBFCinsight & spoilers #askBBFCed

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#askBBFCed any plans to issue spoiler alerts prior to theatrical bbfc certificate? case-in-point: Ida

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Do you believe it's a problem BBFCInsight can contain spoilers (example:  Two Days, One Night)?  #askbbfced #film #classification

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BBFCinsight doesn't usually contain spoilers & we always try to avoid them #askbbfced

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However, in some cases a key classification issue, can also be a key moment in the film #askbbfced

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We need to balance out the spoiler, with what the public tells us they want to know about a films’ classification #askbbfced

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We will review all feedback about BBFCinsight to find out how often it brings spoilers & how this can be avoided #askbbfced

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Any solution will need to also meet what the public tells us they want BBFCinsight to flag to them #askbbfced

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Next, P2 asks about Star Trek II Wrath of Khan #askbbfced

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Why was Star Trek Wrath of Khan rated 15 for vhs when in cinemas it was PG? (it was cool to have a 15 rated ST movie:) #askbbfced

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Star Trek II Wrath of Khan was most recently classified 12A #askbbfced

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It was originally classified A in 1982, meaning: Advisory - parents cautioned that the film may be unsuitable for young children #askbbfced

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When the ratings changed in 1982, the A was replaced with the PG #askBBFCed

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A cut version of Star Trek II Wrath of Khan was classified PG on video in 1987 #askbbfced

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When submitted again in 1989 it was in an uncut form #askbbfced …

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It was considered too strong for PG and the 12 rating didn’t exist, so it was rated 15 #askbbfced

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It stayed 15 until 2003 when it was classified 12 on video #askbbfced

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By 2003 new public consultations made ratings more in line with public opinion #askbbfced

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The 12 also meant films too strong for PG, but not quite at the 15 level, now had a category of their own #askbbfced

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P2 has another #askbbfced question – this time about The Terminator

@BBFC 
Why did The Terminator go from 18 to 15 when it came out on DVD? I recently rewatched it and it still feels more of an 18 #askBBFCed

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We have a FromTheArchive case study about The Terminator here #askbbfced

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It explains why the film was originally classified 18 until 2000 when it was rated 15 on video #askbbfced

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DavidCharlesBowen asks what makes a film 18 rather than 15 #askbbfced

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#askBBFCed #film #education #ratings A lot of 15 films that have violence and sex (inc sexual violence). What would make it 18?

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P.20 of the Guidelines explains what is acceptable at 15 #askbbfced

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Films can go beyond the 15 guidelines for a number of reasons or issues #askbbfced

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E.g very strong & frequent sex references or violence that dwells on infliction of pain & injury #askbbfced

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We have time for one last #askbbfced question this afternoon...

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MarkMinors asks about the change to the VRA meaning previously exempt videos must be classified if the content would be rated 12+ #askbbfced

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#askBBFCed what's the classification process for the new music vid ratings? does it apply to vids already released?

@BBFC  The change to the VRA only applies to new video submissions #askbbfced

@BBFC 
The process for rating music videos will use our current Guidelines #askbbfced

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However, at the Guidelines review the public told us they want a stricter approach to music videos #askbbfced

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The view is that pop stars are more aspirational for children than actors or film characters #askbbfced

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And music videos are usually short, so there is less time to establish context #askbbfced

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You can read more about this on p.115 of the research  #askbbfced

@BBFC 
That’s all we have time for today. A big thank you to everyone sending #askbbfced questions this week

@BBFC 
If you missed any of the #askbbfced answers today we’ll publish a transcript & tweet the link #film #education #age #ratings #questions

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