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#askbbfc Twitter Q and A transcript Friday 11 September

On Friday 11 September we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Date 11/09/2015

Earlier in the week we asked our followers to tweet us with their questions about classifying films and DVDs/Blu-ray at U and PG, using the #askbbfc hashtag.

The #askbbfc answer session took the most interesting questions and answered them during a 30 minute session. If you missed this, the transcript of questions and answers follows below.

We aim to hold a twitter Q and A once a month and we’ll give plenty notice about when we’re collecting questions, whether there is a specific theme and when the answer session will take place. We use this format to ensure that any questions that require detailed answers can be researched if required and formulated into as few tweets as possible.

You can send longer questions you have to us at any time, by emailing us.


Our first question is from Iain Robertson #askbbfc

Q: #askbbfc how much stricter are you with U & PGs nowadays? Hard to imagine Star Wars (U) or Jurassic Park (PG) getting those ratings now

A: At the most recent review of the Guidelines in 2014 parents asked for a stricter approach to language at U #askbbfc

A: Before the introduction of 12 in 1989 there was no rating between PG & 15 #askbbfc

A: As a result some films classified PG in the 1970s & 80s may seem stronger than those placed at PG now #askbbfc

A: For example, in 2012 JAWS was re-classified 12A rather than retaining its historical PG #askbbfc

A: The introduction in 1999 of public consultations for the Guidelines, helps keep U & PG in line with public acceptability #askbbfc


Our next question is from David Charles Bowen #askbbfc

Q: #askbbfc Would it be better to get rid of U & use PG with an indication that it's specifically for kids. How can you make that judgement?

A: Content in U films can be quite different to those rated PG #askbbfc

A: U films should be suitable for audiences aged 4 & over. However, it is impossible to predict what might upset a particular child #askbbfc

A: Meanwhile PG is more suitable audiences aged 8 & over #askbbfc

A: So removing U is unlikely to be helpful #askbbfc

A: Long BBFCinsight is helpful for parents looking for films suitable for their children at U & PG #askbbfc

A: At present we've had little feedback asking us to alter the U & PG categories #askbbfc


Ronandusty asks about Raiders Of The Lost Ark #askbbfc

Q: Why is Raiders Of The Lost Ark still a PG? It makes some 15 cert films look tame #askbbfc

A: Raiders Of The Lost Ark was most recently rated PG in 2012 #askbbfc

A: The BBFCinsight describes moderate violence and mild language https://bit.ly/1OhXvmm  #askbbfc

A: The issues in the film can be contained at PG but parents are advised to consider the long BBFCinsight for the film #askbbfc

A: Whenever an older film is re-submitted we must consider if gory special effects have lost any of their impact #askbbfc

A: At the Guidelines review in 2013 the public asked us to pay particular attention
to psychological impact of horror #askbbfc

A: and to strong visual detail such as gore #askbbfc

A: The film has not been considered under the most recent Guidelines #askbbfc


James Buckingham asks about the U rating for Star Wars IV #askbbfc

Q: #askbbfc I've always wondered how Star Wars (IV) was able to feature a severed arm & blood, plus burned corpses & get a U?!

A: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was rated U in 1977 & has remained at U #askbbfc

A: It was most recently rated U in 2011 & 2015 for mild sci-fi action violence #askbbfc

A: The action scenes were considered acceptable at U in 1977, you can read about this in our case study: https://bit.ly/1iiu47I  #askbbfc

A: Because the film is so well known & the stronger scenes are few & isolated, the film has retained its U rating #askbbfc


Our final #askbbfc question today is from Benjamin Thomas

Q:  If it was released today - uncut - would Watership Down still pass with a U certificate? #askbbfc

A: Watership Down was most recently rated U in 2013 #askbbfc

A: Although there are some scary moments they are not detailed or dwelt upon #askbbfc

A: And outcomes are essentially reassuring for the good rabbits children are most likely to identify with #askbbfc

A: The simple style of animation also provides some distancing in scary scenes #askbbfc

A: At U scary sequences should be mild, brief, and unlikely to cause undue anxiety to young children #askbbfc

A: The film as a whole is within the U guidelines & is well-known, so it would be unreasonable to push it up to PG #askbbfc


That's all we have time for today. If you miss any #askbbfc answer session, we post a full transcript on our website.

Thank you to everyone asking #askbbfc questions this week and for all your feedback & re-tweets during this answer session.


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