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THE MESSENGER

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THE MESSENGER

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 100m 47s

Release date 18/09/2015

BBFCInsight strong language, bloody injury detail, violence, sex, suicide scenes

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) David Blair

Cast includes Lily Cole, Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Tamzin Merchant, David O'Hara, Deirdre O'Kane, Andrew Tiernan, Jack Fox, Alex Wyndham

Summary THE MESSENGER is a drama about a man haunted by ghosts of the dead, who gets caught up in an investigation into the suspicious death of a famous journalist.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 08/09/2015

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE MESSENGER is a drama about a man haunted by ghosts of the dead, who gets caught up in an investigation into the suspicious death of a famous journalist.

Injury detail

Injury detail includes close-up sight of a bloody knife wound the length of a man's forearm, after he's been attacked. The aftermath of a car crash shows the bloody body of a young woman who has been thrown through the windscreen and onto the car bonnet. There are two scenes in which we see trails of blood on the floor, with blood on women's legs and clothing clearly indicating a miscarriage has occurred.

Violence

Strong violence includes a knife blade being dragged up man's arm, cutting from wrist to elbow; there is focus on blood dripping off his arm as he lies dying. In another scene, a man is brutally kicked while he lies on the ground, without detail of impacts.

Suicide

A man is seen throwing himself off a high ledge, but without impact detail. In another scene, a man is found hanging by the neck, with a clear focus on his dead face, which is slightly bloated. There is a reference to a woman having taken an overdose of pills, which has consequences but is not fatal.

Language

Multiple uses of strong language ('f**k') as well as milder terms including 'twat', 'shit' and 'crap'.

Sex

A brief sex scene shows a man thrusting on top of a clothed woman, with bare buttocks visible, which is briefly repeated in a flashback.

There are also references to drugs, prescription medication and mental illness.

Details

Title
THE MESSENGER
Year
2015
Distributor(s)
Metrodome Distribution
Classified date(s)
05/06/2015
Main language
English
Submitted run time
100m 47s
Approved footage
9070+8
BBFC reference
AFF327006
Registration number
CFJ36045

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