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#askbbfced Twitter Q and A transcript Thursday 21 May

On Thursday 21 May we held the answer session for our #askbbfced Education Twitter Q & A.

Date 22/05/2015

Earlier in the week we asked our student and teacher followers to tweet us their questions about classification, 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.


This week we've been asking for your #askbbfced questions about classification #film #education #classification

We'll begin the #askbbfced answer session today with a question from LukeRobinson about the PG Guidelines


Q: How much crudeness/dark comedy is enough for a PG movie? #askbbfced

A: Some films are rated PG but have not been made with a young audience in mind #askbbfced

A: However, any issues in the work must be are appropriate for a lower age group & nothing should upset a child of eight or over #askbbfced

A: At PG discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly disapproved #askbbfced

A: Mild bad language only is allowed at PG #askbbfced

A: Aggressive or very frequent use of mild bad language may result in a higher category #askbbfced

A: It is unlikely crude humour would be passed at PG unless very mild, it depends on the context & delivery #askbbfced

A: Some U and PG films do contain very mild or mild innuendo #askbbfced


Q: Dave Mahoney asks about language at the lower categories #askbbfced

Q: My mum says it's your fault I swear. They said 'shit' in Flight Of The Navigator and it wasn't a 15. Do you think she's right? #askbbfced

A: Flight Of The Navigator is classified U. It was first classified in 1986 #askbbfced

A: When the film was rated U in 1986 Examiner's noted 3 uses of bad language #askbbfced

A: Because the remainder of the film was firmly in the U rating, it was passed U rather than PG #askbbfced

A: The rating was upheld for video releases in 1988, 2003 & 2012 #askbbfced

A: Under Guidelines launched in 2014 we only allow infrequent use of very mild bad language at U eg 'damn', 'hell' but not 'shit' #askbbfced


Q: Martin Hollis asks why older films are given modern classifications #askbbfced

Q: Films such as Alien/Godfather/Terminator have been re-rated in recent years -what is it that inspires the bbfc to re-rate? #askbbfced

A: We only classify a film if it is submitted to us by a distributor #askbbfced

A: This might happen if there is a new rights owner, or if the work is given a modern re-release on film or DVD/Blu-Ray #askbbfced

A: So a distributor decides whether it needs to submit an older film for modern classification #askbbfced


Q: During our last Q&A Plaza Truro asked about the possibility of 15A & 18A ratings #askbbfced

Q: #askbbfc do you ever see a time when the 'A' will be attached to 15 & 18 certs? #askbbfced

A: 12A was introduced because there was strong feedback from parents that some under-12s could deal with issues in films rated 12 #askbbfced

A: At present there is very little demand for 15A and 18A #askbbfced

A: Parents are very clear about what they expect in a 12A film vs a 15 film #askbbfced

A: As well as certain language, violence & sex, parents consider certain themes to be inappropriate for children & teens #askbbfced

A: You can read more about this on p.55-58 of our recent Guidelines research #askbbfced 


That's all the questions we have for this session. Thank you to everyone asking #askbbfced questions this week.

For more BBFC history facts visit our timeline #askbbfced

BBFC education resources also include case studies for over 150 films #askbbfced


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