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FISH TANK (2009)

FISH TANK <span>(2009)</span> artwork

FISH TANK (2009)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 120

Release dates 11/09/2009

BBFCInsight Contains very strong language, sex and sex references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Andrea Arnold

Cast includes Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Jason Maza, Kierston Wareing, Harry Treadaway

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 01/09/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

FISH TANK is a British drama about a 15-year-old girl whose life is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of her mother's new boyfriend. The film was passed '15' and contains very strong language, sex and sex references.

There are five uses of very strong language in the film, all of which occur within the opening ten minutes. Two of the uses are heard as part of a shouting match between a group of girls in the street and neither is particularly clear. Two of the other uses are clear but used with comedic effect, one said by a young girl in a surprising and funny scene. The strongest use is directed at the protagonist by her mother and serves to indicate the strained and aggressive nature of their relationship. As the only agressive use serves a clear contextual purpose, it was felt that the language is acceptable under BBFC guidelines at '15', which state that 'The strongest terms may be acceptable if justified by the context.' The film also contains multiple uses of strong language and uses of 'dick', 'prick', 'skank', 'pikey' and 'spastic'.

The strongest sex scene occurs between the protagonist's mother and her boyfriend and we see some breast nudity, writhing and thrusting with lots of accompanying groaning, gasping and moaning. Later, the protagonist and the boyfriend have sex, but they are mostly clothed. However, there is movement and groaning which place the scene at '15', where BBFC guidelines allow for sexual activity to 'be portrayed without strong detail'.

The film contains some crude and expletive heavy sex references, but these are used by the protagonist to pretend she is having sex with her new boyfriend and as throwaway references to sex. They are not pornographic or focused on and fit within BBFC guidelines at '15', which state 'There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context.'

FISH TANK also contains a scene in which youngsters drink what appears to be cough medicine to get high and a scene in which a fish is killed by being skewered on a stick.


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