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BLACKOUT

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BLACKOUT

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 75m 27s

BBFCInsight scenes of humiliation and abuse

Genre(s) Documentary

Director(s) Rich Fox

Cast includes Andrew Gallagher, Allison Fogarty, Bob Glouberman, Abel Horwitz, Jessica Sowa

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 02/03/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BLACKOUT is a documentary that follows a number of people participating in 'Blackout' events, which involve them being voluntarily placed in abusive and traumatising situations.

Violence

There are sequences of simulated violence and threat, including sexualised threat. These include volunteers being physically restrained, forced to remove their clothes, having naked people physically interact with them, and being coerced into an act with a raw chicken. A participant describes the events as being similar to 'S&M' and says it felt like 'abuse'. He also reports being hit, choked and having items placed in his mouth. There are scenes of simulated torture, which include participants having water poured on their faces and a participant being instructed to shoot another participant.

There is strong language ('f**k') throughout, as well as milder bad language including 'shit', 'asshole' and 'piss'.

A participant mentions that she has, in the past, been physically and sexually abused, although she is not referring to her Blackout experience.

Details

Title
BLACKOUT
Also known as
THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS
Year
2017
Distributor(s)
Signature Entertainment
Classified date(s)
28/02/2017
Main language
English
Submitted run time
75m 27s
BBFC reference
AVV349456
Remarks
Widescreen

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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