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Here are our popular website articles written by BBFC staff. Like the Case Studies they delve in to key issues, films, initiatives, historical moments and offer insight into how the BBFC has responded to different events and changes in the film and media landscape.


The Games We Play: Video Game Classification at the BBFC


Games have often found themselves causing controversy and it isn’t only modern games like Grand Theft Auto that have done that. The first to upset the media (in this case over violence) was the 1976 title, Deathrace. A racing game bearing absolutely no relation to today’s sophisticated equivalents...

Sound Decision: The Da Vinci Code


The answer is one related to semantics. The BBFC did suggest that the work would not necessarily receive a 12A if it maintained some strong sound effects, but it did not ask for any cuts to the film’s score or incidental music, as suggested by some reports.

War of the Worlds: Controversy and the 12A


The classification awarded to a film by the BBFC can have an impact on success at the UK box office, a factor well known to distributors and filmmakers.

Bollywood & Sex - a BBFC Perspective


Bollywood directors have recently made a pragmatic shift in their style of film-making, faced as they are with urban audiences on the Indian subcontinent grown increasingly blasé about the traditional no-go area of sex due to the plethora of western channels available on TV. Additionally Bollywood...

Video Nasties


As VCRs became increasingly popular in the early 1980s, the market became saturated with titles, some of which had never previously been classified for theatrical release in the U.K., and others which contained material previously cut as a condition of classification.

Political & Religious Issues: A South Asian Perspective


Films and videos that contain politically sensitive material or inflammatory references to religion that may cause problems within or between different communities in the UK may either be subjected to cuts or moved up the category scale or even, in very rare cases, be rejected.

Batman. We Rate Him.


The Batman franchise was given a boost in 2006 with a prequel directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia). As with all would-be blockbusters, the classification awarded it by the BBFC plays a significant part in the film’s success at the Box Office in the UK. The film was submitted with a...