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THE GRASS ARENA

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THE GRASS ARENA

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 90m 29s

Release date 14/05/2018

BBFCInsight brief strong violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Gillies MacKinnon

Cast includes Mark Rylance, Pete Postlethwaite, Lynsey Baxter, Marian McLoughlin, Billy Boyle, Andrew Dicks

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 04/05/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE GRASS ARENA is a biopic about Irish author John Healy, who spent years living on the streets and battling alcohol addiction until he found salvation through competitive chess.

Violence

There are scenes of boxing violence and brief street fights. Stronger moments include a man forcing a bottle into a man's mouth, causing him to choke and gag, and blood running down a man's face after a bottle is smashed over his head. Scenes of domestic abuse also occur, in which a young boy is beaten by his father and encouraged to fight his brother.

The protagonist's alcoholism is shown to have a destructive effect on his life, leading to some distressing scenes. In one sequence a group of alcoholics vomit and writhe in pain after being given a new drug designed to reduce their desire for drink.

There is also infrequent strong language ('f**k'), use of discriminatory language ('paddy') during schoolyard bullying, and mild sex references.

Details

Title
THE GRASS ARENA
Also known as
SCREEN TWO: THE GRASS ARENA
Year
2018
Distributor(s)
Simply Home Entertainment
Classified date(s)
13/04/2018
Main language
English
Submitted run time
90m 29s
BBFC reference
AVV361822
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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THE GRASS ARENA

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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