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#askBBFCed Twitter Q and A Transcript - Friday 24 January 2014

On Friday 24 January we ran the first BBFC Education twitter Q and A answer session. 

Date 27/01/2014

Earlier in the week we asked followers, particularly teachers, parents and students, to submit their questions about the BBFC and BBFC age ratings using the #askBBFCed hashtag. The answer session took the most interesting questions and answered them during a 30 minute session.

We aim to hold a twitter Q and A once a month and we’ll give plenty notice about when we’re collecting questions 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.
 

#askBBFCed Twitter Q and A Transcript

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We're going to start our #askBBFCed session today with a question from a student

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees asks: What A-Levels should I do if I want to work at the BBFC one day?

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: Examiners come from a variety of backgrounds. Most are graduates but this is not always the case

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: you don’t need specific qualifications to be a BBFC Examiner

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: but experience in relevant areas e.g media regulation, law, child development helps

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: You do need a broad knowledge of film & be able to grasp the age rating issues outlined in the Guidelines

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: The examining team includes academics, journalists, an actor, a diplomat & several people with film&TV backgrounds

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We have one more question from Sam Rees for #askBBFCed today

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees asks: Does BBFC take into account desensitization? It seems to be encouraging it as more violence is being allowed

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: We classify in accordance with the Guidelines, which are based on large scale public consultation

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: the recent consultation showed the public agree with how violence is classified

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: you can read about this feedback on p88 of the research

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: we're aware parents are worried about desensitisation but they see it as having many sources, see p18 of the research

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#askBBFCed Sam Rees: parents say normalisation of bad language & sexualisation is more of a concern, see p21 of the research

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Our next #askBBFCed question is about strong language at 12A under the new Guidelines

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#askBBFCed WobblyBomb: If u allow new 12As filled with F-bombs for very young kids will u stop censoring films like ASerbianFilm for adults?

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#askBBFCed WobblyBomb: 12A means recommended for age 12 & over

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#askBBFCed WobblyBomb: but parents can read the BBFCinsight to see if a 12A film is suitable for a younger child

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#askBBFCed WobblyBomb: at 12A the new Guidelines state: Strong language may be permitted, depending on the manner in which it is used...

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#askBBFCed WobblyBomb: also, who is using the language, its frequency & any special contextual justification

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#askBBFCed WobblyBomb: what parents tell us about language at 12A can be seen on p78 of the research 

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#askBBFCed WobblyBomb: the Guidelines at 18 are unchanged

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We have one more question about 12A for #askBBFCed today

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#askBBFCed K'NZ REVIEWS asks: would most superheroes films be a 12A?

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#askBBFCed K'NZ REVIEWS: all films are classified in accordance with the Guidelines & as stand alone works regardless of genre

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Next on #askBBFCed we discuss whether horror films get higher age ratings than action films

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#askBBFCed Andrew Jones asks: Why do you pursue horror films for higher ratings when broader action films can be 12A with strong violence?

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#askBBFCed Andrew Jones:  as we’ve said, all films are classified in accordance with the Guidelines regardless of genre

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#askBBFCed Andrew Jones: the Guidelines reflect public attitudes towards psychological impact, threat & gore

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#askBBFCed Andrew Jones: the Guidelines are based on large scale research involving over 10,000 members of the public from across the UK

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#askBBFCed Andrew Jones: you can see the research on psychological impact, threat & gore on p88-93 of the research

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#askBBFCed Andrew Jones: public attitudes towards violence can be found on p81 of the research

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#askBBFCed Andrew Jones: the public said they wanted more focus on psychological impact of horror, especially at 12A

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Next on #askBBFCed Thomas Rooney asks: Why do some films get a higher rating on video than on film? Excluding alternate versions/bonus items

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#askBBFCed Thomas Rooney: this is quite rare. Sometimes the video is a different version e.g was cut for cinema release but not on video

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#askBBFCed Thomas Rooney: There is inevitably a greater risk of underage viewing in the home

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#askBBFCed Thomas Rooney:& because of this risk if a work includes a dangerous technique it might be cut on video or receive a higher rating

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Our final #askBBFCed question today is about harmful content

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Brendon Connelly & CSkinner ask: What scientific evidence does *anybody* have that even *suggests* that films can harm? #askBBFCed

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#askBBFCed Brendon Connelly & CSkinner: the available research is contested, we commissioned a review of it

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#askBBFCed Brendon Connelly & CSkinner but the VRA demands the BBFC considers any harm that may be caused to potential viewers by a work

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#askBBFCed Brendon Connelly & CSkinner we also reflect public concerns highlighted in our recent sexual & sadistic violence research

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#askBBFCed Brendon Connelly & CSkinner the sexual & sadistic violence research & press release outlining it is here

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That's all we've got time for on #askBBFCed today

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You can find more information for students and teachers in our Education Resources #askBBFCed

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you’ll find timelines, case studies&podcasts. You can also sign up for education newsletters using the form on the BBFC homepage #askBBFCed

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