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BBFC reference AFF253984
Feature Film
Classified 16 October, 2008 .
Run Time 81m 30s

Consumer Advice:Contains moderate sex references, language and violence.

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SPECIAL PEOPLE is a drama about Jasper, a teacher and aspiring film director, who is engaged to instruct a group of young wheelchair users in the art of filmmaking. The film was passed ‘12A’ for moderate sex references, language and violence.

The one notable verbal sex reference in this work occurs during the screening of a scene from one of Jasper’s own ‘realist’ films. A young female character, when discussing her pregnancy with a young male companion, says, 'You shouldn’t have spunked off inside me, should you?' The BBFC Guidelines at ‘12A’ state that sex references may reflect what is likely to be familiar to most adolescents but should not go beyond what is suitable for them. This sex reference was allowed at ‘12A’ in this case, particularly as the film as a whole usefully offers young people an insight into the everyday problems encountered by disabled people.

The two scenes of violence in the film could probably have been contained at a lower classification category. In the first, two men in wheelchairs fight during the course of a table tennis game and in the second Jasper is head butted by Dave, one of his students. In the latter example Jasper is left with a small cut on the side of his nose.

The potentially offensive term ‘spaz’ is used on two occasions but only in the context of a ‘role reversal’ exercise undertaken by the students. Otherwise, the language in the film includes the words ‘bloody’, ‘bollocks’, bugger’, ‘crap’ and ‘shit’.

This work was passed with no cuts made.

The main spoken language in this work is English.

Directed by Justin Edgar
The cast for this work includes: Dominic Coleman, Robyn Frampton, Sasha Hardsway, Jason Maza.

When submitted to the BBFC the work had a running time of 81m 30s.
The running time of this film was calculated from the measured length of 7335+7 ( feet + frames ).

This work was submitted to the BBFC by Guerilla Films Limited .

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
FilmFilm16/10/2008Guerilla Films Limited81m 30sSPECIAL PEOPLE
VideoVideo31/03/2009Guerilla Films Limited106m 58sSPECIAL PEOPLE
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 18/02/2011
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