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Twitter Q and A Transcript 9 June 2016

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

Date 09/06/2016

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

Twitter Q and A 09 June 2016

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

In the next 30 minutes we'll answer your #askbbfc questions about #film #classification


Q: @omen121. asks about cuts to suicide scenes #askbbfc

Q: #askbbfc Why was the attempted suicide scene in 'Soulmate' cut when the one in 'Heaven Knows What' was left uncut?

A: Cuts were required to SOULMATE to remove a detailed focus on a particular suicide technique. This was is in line with BBFC Guidelines and policy, and expert advice #askbbfc

A: When classifying scenes of suicide we take into account the potential effectiveness & novelty of the technique shown, 

2/2 the ease of imitating it, the outcome & the likely audience for the work #askbbfc

A: In SOULMATE the technique was easy to imitate, potentially highly dangerous & shown in explicit detail. #askbbfc

A: The fact the suicide attempt does not succeed offers a potentially dangerous & misleading message to young people #askbbfc

A: HEAVEN KNOWS is classified 18 for frequent drug misuse, scene of attempted suicide, very strong language #askbbfc

A: In this case, there was no detailed focus on the technique employed and the scene was acceptable at 18 #askbbfc

A: In classifying suicide techniques, we keep in mind expert advice received from specialists, including from organisations such as the Samaritans #askbbfc


Q: ‏@weneedtotroll. Asks about MULAN & FROZEN #askbbfc  

Q: why is MULAN a U for mild threat + violence when FROZEN is a PG for just mild threat? #askbbfc

A: MULAN was originally rated U in 1999 & the existing rating was most recently confirmed in April this year, for digital cinema re-release #askbbfc 

A: At U threat should be mild & brief & the outcome reassuring. #askbbfc

A: Mild violence may be acceptable if justified by context e.g. animated or unrealistic #askbbfc

A: Under current Classification Guidelines MULAN is on the border of U & PG #askbbfc

A: FROZEN was rated PG in 2013 for mild threat. The scenes are balanced by comic moments but are too sustained for a U certificate #askbbfc.


Q: @weneedtotroll. also asks about reconsideration requests #askbbfc

Q: 50 SHADES OF BLACK was down-rated from 18 to 15 due to sex references. Doesn't this show rating sex references is subjective? #askbbfc

A: FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK was on the 15/18 border and was rated at the low end of 18. The company asked for a formal reconsideration #askbbfc

A: The film was viewed again by senior staff, who decided the company's preferred 15 was reasonable, given the comic elements #askbbfc

A: At 15 there may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour.  #askbbfc

A: The strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context however #askbbfc

A: The stronger references in FIFTY SHADES were justified by the comedic context #askbbfc 


Q: @PresFanGood1. Asks about the 12A/12 Classification Guidelines #askbbfc

Q: I wonder if the 12A/12 rated films may contain drug misuse for foreseeable future? #askbbfc

A: The Classification Guidelines are based on large scale public consultation. The last review involved more than 10,000 people #askbbfc

A: At 12A/12 misuse of drugs must be infrequent & should not be glamorised or give instructional detail #askbbfc

A: The Classification Guidelines on drugs at 12A/12 will only change if our future public consultations suggest they should #askbbfc


Q: ‏@echochamber25. asks about classifying video games #askbbfc

Q: #askbbfc Why did you have to stop rating video games? You did a far better job at it than the awfully strict PEGI are doing.

A: Thank you! #askbbfc

A: The decision to appoint PEGI as the classification body for video games in the UK was taken by Government in 2009 #askbbfc

A: You can read more about this here: #askbbfc


Q: StephenParry80. asks about publishing details of cut works #askbbfc

Q: Don't you think DVDs should list cuts made to/differences between TV/theatrical versions and home video releases? #askbbfc

A: If cuts are made to a film or DVD/BD, or suggested by the BBFC at an advice viewing, we will publish details on our website #askbbfc

A: If a DVD or BD release reinstates material cut from the theatrical version this will normally be clear from the different rating #askbbfc

Thank you to everyone who tweeted #askbbfc questions this week

If you missed any of the answers session we'll publish a transcript & tweet the link #askbbfc


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