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#askbbfced Twitter Q and A transcript Thursday 8 October

On Thursday 8 October we held the answer session for our #askbbfced Education Twitter Q & A.

Date 09/10/2015

Earlier in the week we asked our student and teacher followers to tweet us their questions about classifying sci-fi films, using the #askbbfced hashtag.

The #askbbfced 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.

We'll begin our #askbbfced answer session today with a question from Sam Rees about weapons in films

Q: #askbbfced why are weapons such as butterfly knives not considered an issue worth cutting anymore? Isn't glamorisation of these worrying?

A: From the 1970s to the 1990s the BBFC effectively prohibited sight of certain types of weapons #askbbfced

A: However, more recent research & advice suggested we should be more concerned by how weapons are used & presented #askbbfced

A: The Classification Guidelines do take glamorisation of weapons into account #askbbfced

A: The public tell us that easily accessible weapons are more of a concern than less accessible weapons #askbbfced

A: At U, PG & 12A there should be no glamorisation of realistic or easily accessible weapons such as knives #askbbfced

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

A: Parents tell us accessible knives concern them more than guns – see p.24 of the Guidelines research #askbbfced

A: The Guidelines work to reflect this, but also take factors such as accessibility & realism into account #askbbfced

Next we have a student seminar question from our Education team #askbbfced

Q: Students often ask why Alien and the original version of The Thing were passed X & 18 but are now 15? #askbbfced

Q: Are scifi films less scary than they used to be? #askbbfced

A: Both Alien (1979) & The Thing (1982) were rated X uncut for their first cinema release #askbbfced

A: Alien is now classified 15 for strong language, moderate violence & horror #askbbfced

A: We'll be talking about Alien in an upcoming BBFC podcast #askbbfced

A: You can also find a case study on Alien here #askbbfced

A: And the long BBFCinsight for Alien explains its history #askbbfced

A: So let's focus on The Thing, rated X without cuts in 1982 #askbbfced

A: The Thing (1982) is a remake of the 1951 film The Thing From Another World #askbbfced

A: Examiners who viewed the film described regular "shock effects" & "horrific transmogrifications" in their reports #askbbfced

A: Today The Thing is more marginal but some of the strong gory effects were considered still 18 level as recently as 2009 #askbbfced

A: You can read more in the long BBFCinsight for The Thing  #askbbfced

A: In 2008 a video submission of a documentary about the making of The Thing was rated 15 #askbbfced

A: But the feature on its own still carries an 18 rating for strong violence & gory horror #askbbfced

To finish the #askbbfced answer session today, we have a more general industry question from Jade

Q: #askbbfced What evidence do you have that you have had an impact in the film industry?

Q: #askbbfced Primarily focusing on the films Big Hero 6, Django: Unchained and Spectre (James Bond)

A: BBFC was set up by the film industry in 1912 #askbbfced

A:  The aim was to bring consistency to the way cinemas in the UK regulated access to the films they screened #askbbfced

A: Prior to this cinemas were regulated by local councils, often in an inconsistent manner #askbbfced

A: councils sometimes still exercise their statutory powers, but in general BBFC ratings are used for most films by most cinemas #askbbfced

A: Lower age categories allow for a larger audience, as more people can see the film #askbbfced

A: E.g Big Hero 6 is PG so anyone can see it, while Django: Unchained is restricted to adults #askbbfced

A: However some film companies want a higher rating to attract a particular audience #askbbfced

A: BBFC Guidelines are published, so film companies can understand how to ensure their film will be rated for its target audience #askbbfced

A: A BBFC advice service for scripts & unfinished films has been available since 1912 #askbbfced

A: This service gives film companies advice on achieving a particular category #askbbfced

A: A BBFC rating can impact on ticket sales, but this can work both ways #askbbfced

A: Lots of elements go into the making, marketing & distribution of a film in addition to its age rating #askbbfced

A: For more education resources on film making visit @IntoFilm #askbbfced

A: For a guide to film distribution visit @LAUNCHING_FILMS  #askbbfced

That's all the questions we have for this #askbbfced session. Thank you to everyone who followed & tweeted us with their questions



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