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#askbbfc Twitter Q and A transcript Thursday 25 June

On Thursday 25 June we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Date 26/06/2015

Earlier in the week we asked our followers to tweet us their questions about classificiation 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, a transcript of the 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.

Thank you to everyone who tweeted #askbbfc questions this week. We'll begin the answer session with a question from David West...

Q: Could a film be given a higher rating than warranted if the distributor requested, eg you considered it 12A but they wanted 15? #askbbfc

A: We need to be consistent in the way we apply the Guidelines #askbbfc

A: Therefore we can't give a 15 rating if the content warrants a 12A #askbbfc

A: You can find the Guidelines on our website #askbbfc


Q: AndrewDavies asks about the use of the 'f-word' at 12A #askbbfc

Q: What is the thinking behind the peculiar single allowable 'f***' rule at 12A? #askbbfc

A: At 12A/12 strong language e.g. f*** may be passed depending on how it's used & who uses it #askbbfc

A: Frequency of strong language & any special contextual justification must also be considered at 12A/12 #askbbfc

A: There may be more than one use of f*** in a 12A film, but very frequent or aggressive use is unlikely without special context #askbbfc


Q: SamRees asks: Why are so few cuts made to imitable combat techniques & weapons at the higher categories these days? #askbbfc

A: At 15 we consider carefully any techniques that may be copied in a harmful way by teenagers #askbbfc

A: This includes drug use, self-harm & other dangerous behaviour #askbbfc

A: At 15, whether the depiction of easily accessible weapons is acceptable will depend on factors such as realism, context &setting #askbbfc

A: At 18 adults are free to choose their own entertainment provided the material is not illegal or potentially harmful #askbbfc

A: At 18 very dangerous or criminal behaviour, or behaviour which if copied poses a credible harm risk, may be cut #askbbfc


Q: FollowFollow asks about the 12A rating for Jurassic World #askbbfc

Q: Feedback from 12A screenings of Jurassic World suggest large numbers of very young kids with adults. Is this a worrying trend? #askbbfc

A: 12A means a film is generally suitable for children aged 12 or older #askbbfc

A: However parents may take a younger child to see a 12A film if they think it will be suitable for that child #askbbfc

A: When we consulted the public in 2002, parents asked for the flexibility of 12A, rather than a restrictive 12 for cinema releases #askbbfc

A: The flexibility means adults need to decide if the film is suitable for their child #askbbfc

A: We provide both short & long BBFCinsight to help them make this decision #askbbfc

A: You can watch a video about BBFCinsight here #askbbfc

A: We created a cinema advert last year to remind parents what 12A means & how to check BBFCinsight for a 12A film #askbbfc

A: You can see the 12A advert here #askbbfc

A: At our 2013 public consultation 75% of the public understood what 12A means #askbbfc

A: For more on Jurassic World & 12A see BBFC Director David Cooke's latest @HuffPostUK blog #askbbfc


Q: Paul Crossland asks about films at U and PG #askbbfc

Q: How difficult is it to decide when something stops being U & goes into PG? I imagine this is the hardest certification to make? #askbbfc

A: We regularly consult the public every 4-5 years about all our categories & seek their views on what is suitable at each rating #askbbfc

A: We use this very specific method to ensure our Guidelines at U and PG are distinct #askbbfc

A: For example, our Guidelines review in 2013 showed parents would like us to be stricter on language at U #askbbfc

A: You can read more about the difference between U and PG here #askbbfc

A: In general a U film is suitable for age 4 or older #askbbfc

A: A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older #askbbfc

A: Parents know best what might upset their child #askbbfc

A: This is why we provide long BBFCinsight for all films so parents can check if a film is suitable for their child, even at U & PG #askbbfc


We have time for one last #askbbfc question this afternoon. GulfamAhmed asks about age ratings for VoD content #askbbfc

Q: With a shift towards on-demand viewing will the BBFC be rating all content (old and new) added to Netflix and Amazon Prime? #askbbfc

A: There's no law requiring age ratings for online content but many platforms choose to submit online only content to the BBFC #askbbfc

A: You can read more about these platforms here #askbbfc

A: Platforms using BBFC ratings online include Netflix & Amazon Instant Video/Prime Instant Video #askbbfc

A: The platforms decide what content, new or old, they would like classified #askbbfc

A: We've seen a significant rise in the amount of online content we classify #askbbfc

A: This is encouraging as it gives the public the same classification guidance online as they have for cinema & DVD/Blu-Ray #askbbfc


That's all we have time for in our answer session today. Thank you to everyone asking #askbbfc questions this week


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