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Twitter Q and A Transcript 14 April 2016

On Thursday 14 April 2016, we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Date 18/04/2016

Over the previous week, we asked our followers to tweet us their classification questions about superhero films 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 to everyone who tweeted #askbbfc questions about age rating #superhero films this week.
In the next 30 minutes we'll answer your #askbbfc questions, plus some student questions asked at recent seminars.

Our first #askbbfc question is from @BoneyAbroad about 12A rated superhero films
Q: #askbbfc #superhero age ratings seem set towards 12A as violence minus blood/death. Is the result the cause for a rating change?

A: Many superhero films are aimed at 12-15 year olds & their family's #askbbfc

A: The 12A certificate allows younger children to see the film if an adult thinks it is suitable for them #askbbfc

A: However 12A means the content is generally suitable those aged 12 & up #askbbfc

A: Film makers will often take the Classification Guidelines into account when producing a film #askbbfc

A: Some films are sent to us for advice before they are complete to check they are on track to achieve the preferred classification #askbbfc

A: The 12A rating will only change if the public tells us it needs to #askbbfc

A: At the last review of the Classification Guidelines, in 2013, we spoke to more than 10,000 people #askbbfc

A: We test the most high profile & difficult decisions with the public when we review the Classification Guidelines #askbbfc

A: In 2013 the most complained about 12A film of the past four years, #TheWomanInBlack, received 89% support for its 12A rating #askbbfc

Q: @weezus_7  asks: What pushed season 2 of daredevil over the edge into the 18 category? #askbbfc

A: Two episodes of #daredevil season 2 are rated 18, the others are rated 15 #askbbfc

A: Episode 9 is rated 18 for strong bloody violence & Episode 12 is rated 18 for strong violence & a scene of torture  #askbbfc

A: At 15 violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury #askbbfc

A: The strongest gory images & strong sadistic violence is unlikely to be acceptable #askbbfc

Our next #askbbfc question is from a BBFC student seminar
Q: How do you cope with young children who want to see superhero films because the merchandise is targeted at them? #askbbfc

A: We classify films based on their content rather than their marketing or merchandise #askbbfc

A: However we encourage parents & children to consult our long BBFCinsight before seeing a film to ensure it is suitable for them #askbbfc

A: We now provide child-friendly long BBFCinsight on  for films rated U, PG & 12A #askbbfc

A: This allows #families to check the long BBFCinsight for a film together & to make an informed decision about its suitability #askbbfc

Our next #askbbfc question is from @BadgerMovie
Q: #askbbfc Would superhero films like Avengers, Iron Man & Batman Vs Superman be rated 15 if they didn't feature superheroes/villains?

A: Context is central to classification decisions & sometimes a fantasy context can mitigate issues like violence or weapons #askbbfc

A: Audience expectations of certain franchises are also kept in mind, however this is only to a certain extent #askbbfc

A: For example, well known genre films like #Bond are sometimes cut by the distributor at advice stage to achieve a lower rating #askbbfc

We'll finish the #askbbfc answer session with a final student seminar question
Q: Do you treat superhero films that are aged at adults any differently? #askbbfc

A: Some superhero films are aimed at older audiences e.g #KickAss #askbbfc

A: These films are classified based on their content, with their fantasy context taken into account #askbbfc

A: These films might confound expectations if the viewer is unfamiliar with the franchise or genre #askbbfc

A: We flag genre details & the context of a film in its long BBFCinsight to help with audience expectations #askbbfc

Thank you to everyone who tweeted #askbbfc questions this week.


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