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SPOTLIGHT

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SPOTLIGHT

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 128m 33s

Release date 29/01/2016

BBFCInsight child sexual abuse references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Tom McCarthy

Cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan

Summary SPOTLIGHT is a drama, based on real events, about a team of investigative journalists uncovering widespread historical child sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 19/01/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SPOTLIGHT is a drama, based on real events, about a team of investigative journalists uncovering widespread historical child sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church.

Theme

In the context of a journalistic investigation into child sexual abuse, there are references to rape, molestation and violation, but usually without further details being given of such abuse. In one scene, a survivor of abuse describes how a priest groomed him with pornographic magazines and then asked for "a hand job or blow job", but he does not expand on these comments.

There is also infrequent strong language ('f**k'). Other bad language includes uses of 'shit', 'shit-hole', 'frickin', 'freakin', 'crap', 'screwed', 'pissed', 'bastards', 'son of a bitch', 'ass', 'assholes', 'balls', 'hell', 'Jesus', 'Christ' and 'damn'.

Details

Title
SPOTLIGHT
Year
2015
Distributor(s)
Entertainment One UK Ltd
Classified date(s)
27/10/2015
Main language
English
Submitted run time
128m 33s
Approved footage
11569+8
BBFC reference
BFR330028
Registration number
CFJ37649

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