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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012)

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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 86

Release dates 27/07/2012

BBFCInsight Contains one use of strong language and moderate drug references

Genre(s) Documentary

Director(s) Malik Bendjelloul

Cast includes Not known

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 17/07/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a documentary about two men's search for an enigmatic American musician whose records were hugely popular in South Africa but who everyone believed to be dead. The film was classified '12' for one use of strong language and moderate drug references.

The film contains one use of strong language, spoken by a man to emphasise his frustration at the line of questioning being pursued by a journalist. The use is not aggressive or directed at another person. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'.

The film also contains occasional references to drugs as the lyrics of one song are discussed. The song in question refers to "jumpers, coke and sweet Mary Jane", with the latter being a slang term for marijuana. The lyrics are mentioned a couple of times and are also heard in an original recording of the song which plays over the closing credits. The references do not carry any specific anti-drugs message and therefore exceed the terms of the 'PG' Guidelines. However, they are permissible at '12' where the Guidelines state 'Any misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or give instructional detail'.

The film also contains some mild sex references as a repeated line from a song asks "I wonder how many times you’ve had sex" and other lyrics mention 'hooker bars'. In one song lyric from the early 1970s, there is also a reference to a 'faggot bar'. Although this term would be considered discriminatory now, it appears in the historical context of a word that would have been in common use at the time the song was written. The film also contains several verbal references to various differing rumours about how the singer had supposedly killed himself live on stage.

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Details

Title
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
Year
2012
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Studio Canal
Classified date(s)
25/09/2012
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF290888

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