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ME AND ORSON WELLES

ME AND ORSON WELLES artwork

ME AND ORSON WELLES

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 113m 32s

Release date 04/12/2009

BBFCInsight Contains moderate sex references and language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Richard Linklater

Cast includes Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Zoe Kazan, Eddia Marsan, Christian McKay

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 24/11/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ME AND ORSON WELLES is a drama based on Robert Kaplow's novel of the same name. Set in New York City during the course of a single week in 1937, it tells the story of a young student and aspiring actor who lands a role in Orson Welles’ celebrated staging of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theatre. The film was passed ‘12A’ for moderate sex references and language.

The BBFC Guidelines at ‘PG’ allow mild sex references and innuendo only. The mild to moderate sex references in this work include comments about getting into a female characters ‘pants’ and speculation that a couple had ‘screwed’. Although borderline references, they were considered best placed at ‘12A’ in this case.

The mild to moderate language in the film includes the terms ‘bitch’; ‘bastard’; ‘shit’; ‘crap’ and ‘asshole’. At one point a character gives the ‘finger’ gesture with his middle finger. Dependent on context, this particular gesture is questionable at ‘PG’.

ME AND ORSON WELLES includes a play within a film. During rehearsals and the opening performance of Welles’ Julius Caesar the principal character is seen to be assassinated on stage. Blood drips onto the floor and a little later Caesar’s bloodstained corpse can be seen lying on a stretcher. However, the viewer is never in any doubt that he or she is watching a theatrical production and, as such, the scenes in question would have been allowed at ‘PG’ in this case.

Details

Distributor(s)
CinemaNX
Classified date(s)
09/07/2009
Main language
English
Submitted run time
113m 32s
Approved footage
10218+4
BBFC reference
AFF254126
Registration number
CFJ19447

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