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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 75m 45s

Release date 05/02/2010

BBFCInsight Contains very strong language, strong violence and hard drug use

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Gerard Johnson

Cast includes Peter Ferdinando, Neil Maskell, Lorenzo Camporese, Ricky Grover, Francis Pope, Frank Boyce, Cyrus Desir, Lucy Flack, Ian Groombridge

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 26/01/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TONY is a UK drama about a serial killer who lives on a rundown housing estate. It was passed '18' for very strong language, strong violence and hard drug use.

At '15', language guidelines state that 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck'). The strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable.'.

There is frequent strong language in this film that would be acceptable at '15', but some repeated aggressive very strong language in one scene where an angry man confronts another man in a pub and some other aggressive uses exceed '15' language allowances and therefore only permissible at '18'.

As for violence, at '15' guidelines state that 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury' and this film contains a scene where a man is suffocated to death when a plastic bag is placed over his head, taped to his neck and held in place before he eventually dies, which exceeds the '15' rubric and is only allowable at '18'.

Some hard drug use is also shown when two men smoke heroin off tin foil, a man snorts cocaine and there is soft drug use when a man is seen smoking hashish through a makeshift water bong fashioned from a plastic drink container. But the film does not promote or encourage drug misuse as this is lifestyle use by negatively presented characters, some of whom are incapacitated by their drug use so that they become more passive victims of the serial killer.

TONY also contains some strong violence when a man is struck over the head with a hammer and the attack continues below screen; sex references which includes sight of naked women pictured in magazines and grisly scenes which include sight of severed limbs or unidentified internal organs extracted from murder victims and sight of a dead and partially decomposed body propped up in bed alongside the killer.


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