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BBFC reference AVV184212
Video Feature
Rejected 14 July,2003.
Run Time
Not relevant

Consumer Advice:No consumer advice is available for this work

This work was rejected.

Bumfights - Cause for Concern consists substantially of camcorder footage of homeless people ('bums') being abused,assaulted,and humiliated. These scenes are intercut with footage of street brawls and soft pornography.

Under the Video Recordings Act 1984 the Board must have special regard to any harm to those likely to view a video and to any harm to society through the behaviour of those viewers afterwards. The Act singles out particular elements as being potentially harmful including criminal behaviour and violent behaviour or incidents. The BBFC guidelines for '18' rated works state that the Board may "cut or reject... any detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts which is likely to promote the activity" (page 16). The Board's guidelines for violence also state as particular concerns "callousness towards victims,encouraging aggressive attitudes [and] taking pleasure in pain and humiliation" (page 9). In the Board's view,the video breaches these guidelines by exploiting the physical and other vulnerabilities of homeless people.

The Board considered the possibility of cuts. However,given the extent of the unacceptable material,cuts were not considered a viable option on this occasion.

The main spoken language in this work is English.

Directed by Mikey; Ryan; Jamon McOckner
The cast for this work includes: Rufus The Stunt Bum, Todd Richard Lewis, Donnie The Bum.

When submitted to the BBFC the work had a running time of 56m 10s.

This work was submitted to the BBFC by Fabulous Films Ltd .

A film or video, together with associated trailers may exist in several versions and all versions known to the BBFC are listed below.

CategoryTypeDateCompanyRun TimeCutTitle
VideoVideo14/07/2003Fabulous Films LtdBUMFIGHTS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN - VOLUME 1
Details are likely to be more complete and accurate for the version submitted most recently.
When a film is transferred to video the running time will be shorter by approximately 4% due to the differing number of frames per second. This does not mean that the video version has been cut or re-edited.
This entry was last updated 24/01/2011
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