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GINGER & ROSA artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 89m 58s

Release date 19/10/2012

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex and suicide references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Sally Potter

Cast includes Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening, Jodhi May

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 09/10/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

GINGER & ROSA is a coming-of-age drama about two young women living in London in the 1960s who become involved in the anti-nuclear movement and the sexual revolution. It is rated 12A for infrequent strong language and moderate references to sex and suicide.

There are two uses of strong language that occur during a heated argument. One character is so upset by the dispute that it is implied she locks herself in her room and takes an overdose of prescription pills. A man breaks into the room and takes the woman to hospital. Although there is sight of bottles scattered on the floor there is no information about what the pills are and the woman survives. Attempted suicide is not glamorised and there is no suggestion this is a reasonable solution to problems.

There are verbal references to affairs. At one point a young woman is reading in bed when she hears the faint sounds of a woman sighing and gasping as she has sex in the adjoining room. However, no visual detail of sex is shown.

The film also contains some moderate bad language, including uses of 'sluts' and 'bitch', and sight two older teenage girls experimenting with smoking cigarettes.

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.


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