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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 110m 51s

Release date 04/02/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, twice very strong, and strong violence

Genre(s) Crime, Drama

Director(s) Rowan Joffe

Cast includes Sam Riley, Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Andy Serkis, Andrea Riseborough, Steven Robertson

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 25/01/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BRIGHTON ROCK is an adaptation of the novel by Graham Greene, following the life of young criminal Pinkie Brown. The film was classified '15' for two uses of very strong language, strong language and violence.

The film contains multiple uses of strong language. These exceed the terms of the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12', where there may be infrequent use of strong language, but are permissible at '15' where the Guidelines state that 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'. The Guidelines at '15' also state that 'The strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. BRIGHTON ROCK contains two uses of very strong language. The first use is exasperated, as a character complains that an associate has been attacked. The second use occurs out of fear, as Pinkie flees a melee in which he is likely to be beaten.

There are scenes of strong violence throughout the film as the various characters do battle with knives and blunt weapons. In one scene, Pinkie has a vial of acid broken over his face and we see his flesh peeling away and blood appearing. Other scenes feature the rival gangs fighting with razors. Although there is copious blood loss these scenes do not breach the Guidelines at '15' by dwelling 'on the infliction of pain or injury'. This is especially so given that most occur in the context of a noirish thriller that is rapidly edited and which focuses more on the suggestion of violence than on the explicit sight of it. None of the violence inflicted presents the 'strongest gory images' which are unlikely to be acceptable at '15'.


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