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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 93m 23s

Release date 19/10/2012

BBFCInsight Contains moderate threat, injury detail and potentially dangerous behaviour

Genre(s) Drama, Fantasy

Director(s) Benh Zeitlin

Cast includes Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 09/10/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is a US magical-realist drama about a young girl in a poverty-stricken Delta community who has to struggle with a sick father and an environmental threat that may unleash prehistoric beasts into her world. It was rated 12A for moderate threat, injury detail and potentially dangerous behaviour.

The young girl and her father face moments of natural threat as a terrible storm hits their home and displaces the community. There is also a scene in which the characters try to blow up a wall to release water into their drought-hit area by strapping dynamite to a dead alligator. When the young heroine pulls the cord that is attached to the explosives, the power of the blast sends her flying back and causes debris to fall.

Early in the film, the girl is seen running with two lit fireworks during a scene of celebration. Although she is not supervised, the fireworks in question are designed to be held and are not likely to explode. Later, the girl puts on a protective mask and uses a blow torch to heat up some food on a stove. When the stove catches fire, she hides in a cardboard box out of fear and guilt. These scenes of potentially dangerous behaviour lack any instructional detail that is likely to be copied. The young girl is clearly shown to be atypical and a product of the extreme environment in which she lives.

There is sight of a disemboweled wolf, at which the young girl stares. There are a few shots showing the animal's entrails and organs but the scene is very brief and doesn't dwell on detail. A close-up of a stitched-up flesh injury on the young girl's father is also briefly shown.

The film also contains some mild bad language (eg 'ass', 'piss', 'bullshit').

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a '12' rated video or DVD. Responsibility for allowing under-12s to view lies with the accompanying or supervising adult.

Details

Distributor(s)
Studio Canal
Classified date(s)
14/08/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
93m 23s
Approved footage
8404+8
BBFC reference
AFF293215
Registration number
CFJ26732

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