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ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS

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ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 158m 10s

Release date 08/06/2018

BBFCInsight drug misuse, very strong language

Genre(s) Documentary

Director(s) Lili Fini Zanuck

Cast includes Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd, George Harrison, Charlotte Martin, Bobby Whitlock, Jools Holland, Lili Fini Zanuck

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 29/05/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ERIC CLAPTON A LIFE IN 12 BARS is a documentary about the life and work of the eponymous guitarist. Included is a Q&A between Jools Holland, Eric Clapton and Lili Fini Zanuck.

Drugs

There are several references to Clapton's drug-taking and the documentary includes images of a man snorting white powder from a mirror and Clapton snorting from the end of a long spoon. Contributors say that Clapton enjoyed taking heroin and many other drugs. There is a clear anti-drug message, with Clapton shown as clean and happy today.

Language

There is a single use of very strong language ('c**t'), when a drunk Clapton talks to his drummer on stage. There are also uses of strong language ('f**k') and other milder terms such as 'wanker', 'arse', 'arsehole' and 'screw'.

The film also contains some unendorsed discriminatory references, some of which (for example, 'wogs', 'coons') appear in a printed article quoting comments made by Clapton during a concert in the 1970s.

Details

Title
ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS
Year
2018
Distributor(s)
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Classified date(s)
07/03/2018
Main language
English
Submitted run time
158m 10s
BBFC reference
AVR357886

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

02:13:35:00
ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS
00:24:35:12
ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS - ERIC CLAPTON AND LILI FINI ZANUCK TALKING WITH JOOLS HOLLAND

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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