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#askbbfc Twitter Q and A transcript Wednesday 9 March

On Wednesday 9 March 2016, we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Date 10/03/2016

Over the previous week, we asked our followers to tweet us their classification questions 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.

Thank you for all your #askbbfc tweets this week.
We'll begin the answer session today with a question about Deadpool from Daniel DXFalcon
Q: #askbbfc how the heck was @deadpoolmovie not rated 18? Not complaining, great movie, but I would be a bit unsure taking a 15 year old

A: Deadpool is classified 15 for strong bloody violence, strong language, sex references #askbbfc

A: It is very different from other Marvel films at the lower end of 12A e.g Fantastic Four & Ant Man #askbbfc

A: However, it is quite similar to previous 15 films like Kick-Ass & Kingsman #askbbfc

A: You can find the BBFC 15 Guidelines here https://bit.ly/1i88zEJ  #askbbfc

A: All the issues in the short BBFCinsight for Deadpool are explained in the long BBFCinsight here: https://bit.ly/21u3oSz  #askbbfc

The Movie Badger has an #askbbfc question about film classification in the future...
Q: #askbbfc Given the changing attitudes & tolerances of audiences, do you envisage a time where the 18 certificate will be disbanded?

A: We consult the public every 4-5 years & it is unusual to see big shifts between each consultation #askbbfc

A: Over longer periods of time e.g 20 years, attitudes do change #askbbfc

A: Since the early 1970s there has been a category restricting access to over 18s #askbbfc

A: It's impossible to predict whether future generations will agree with that level of restriction #askbbfc

A: At present the public still want an 18 category #askbbfc

Auden Chamberlain asks about new age ratings:
Q: #askbbfc would you consider a 15a for 12 and ups?

A: 12A was introduced because there was widespread feeling amongst parents that some under-12s could deal with films rated 12 #askbbfc

A: There is also research to show that at this age group mental & emotional development amongst children matures at varying rates #askbbfc

A: 15 rated films may contain material that parents would regard as harmful to younger children, rather than just unsuitable #askbbfc

A: There has also been little public feedback from parents in favour of a 15A rating #askbbfc

Martín has a question about BBFCinsight #askbbfc
Q: Your consumer advice for Big Hero 6 is 'mild threat, scary scenes'. Don't these two essentially mean the same thing? #askbbfc

A: Mild threat refers to the cumulative sense of threat across the fighting scenes throughout the film #askbbfc

A: By contrast, scary scenes refers more to specific moments in which the villain has a scary appearance #askbbfc

Snoochie Boochies asks about recent films classified at 15 #askbbfc
Q: Out of Grimsby, The Revenant and Deadpool, which one did the BBFC deliberate over the longest before awarding a 15? #askbbfc

A: When Deadpool & The Revenant were seen for advice, no changes were required to achieve a 15 #askbbfc

A: Both films were within the BBFC Guidelines at 15 #askbbfc

A: When we viewed Grimsby for advice it went beyond the Guidelines at 15 #askbbfc

A: The distributor chose to cut the film to achieve their preferred 15 certificate #askbbfc

A: When we examined the finished version of Grimsby the reductions made brought the film to the 15 level #askbbfc

A: Works requiring cuts for category generally involve more deliberation #askbbfc

Kieran asks about films rated 18 #askbbfc
Q: Which out of Gone Girl, Blue is the Warmest Colour, The Duke of Burgundy and A Girl at My Door came closest to getting a 15? #askbbfc

A: It is difficult to compare such different films like for like #askbbfc

A: However, it is true that A Girl at My Door and Gone Girl were classified 18 because of single scenes #askbbfc

A: Whereas Blue is the Warmest Colour was classified 18 for a few strong sex scenes #askbbfc

A: Duke of Burgundy was classified 18 for thematic and tonal issues, rather than for individual scenes #askbbfc

We'll finish the answer session today with a question about 12A from Sherlock Holmes #askbbfc
Q: Should the 'very strong language' warning to be raised with a 12A/12 certificate in the near future? #askbbfc

A: At present the public tells us they do not think very strong language is acceptable at 12A/12 #askbbfc

A: At the last review of the Guidelines the public asked us to be stricter on language at U & more flexible at 15 #askbbfc

A: At the 12A/12 level they felt there should be slightly more latitude with strong language, but not very strong #askbbfc

If you missed any of the #askbbfc answer session today we'll tweet a link to the full transcript

Thank you again to everyone who tweeted us with their #askbbfc questions in advance & to those asking additional questions today


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