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W.E.

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W.E.

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 119m 1s

Release date 20/01/2012

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, once very strong, and scenes of domestic violence

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) Madonna

Cast includes Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, James Fox, Laurence Fox

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 10/01/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

W.E. is a drama that switches back and forth between the romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and a more contemporary romance in New York City in the late 1990s.

Language

There is use of strong language ('f**k') and infrequent very strong language ('c**t'). One use of very strong language is directed by a husband at his wife during the course of an increasingly heated exchange that culminates in domestic violence.

Violence

In one scene the naked female victim is pulled from a bath by her hair before being slapped and kicked by her abusive husband.

W.E. includes a scene in which it is inferred that Edward VIII spikes his flagging guests' champagne with Benzedrine in order to re-energise them but the film as a whole does not promote or encourage drug misuse.

The film also includes frequent scenes of smoking.

In one scene Edward VIII refers to Ali Khan as a 'camel jockey' but the film as a whole does not endorse discriminatory language or behaviour.

Details

Title
W.E.
Year
2011
Distributor(s)
Studio Canal
Classified date(s)
28/11/2011
Main language
English
Submitted run time
119m 1s
Approved footage
10711+8
BBFC reference
AFF285963
Registration number
CFJ24862

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