Case studies

Welcome to the BBFC case studies. Written by BBFC staff, our case studies explore why a film has a particular age rating, if it was cut, or even banned.

Please note that all our case studies and files are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form (electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise,) without prior written permission from the BBFC.  You should email us if you wish to reproduce any of these materials.

We provide case studies for all films we introduce as part of our longstanding relationship with IntoFilm. We no longer classify video games but there are some video games case studies which offer a historical view of how we classified some well-known video games.

If you are researching a specific title and would like access to the BBFC's paper file archive this may be possible depending on the age of the work. Our archives are currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic, if you have any questions get in touch with us via email.

Carol

Todd Haynes returns to the melodrama genre in his 2015 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt. Much like the novel on which it is based, Carol explores themes of love and desire set against a backdrop of social and legal discrimination.

Dil Se..

Dil Se.. (Mani Ratnam, 1998) is a Hindi language Indian romantic thriller that blends Bollywood spectacle with an arthouse sensibility.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This hotly anticipated sequel to one of the most successful franchises of all time arrived at the BBFC just a few days ahead of its release date on 17 December 2015.

Selma

Ava DuVernay’s Selma (2014) is a powerful historical drama based on the events of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches of 1965.

1 Day

Penny Woolcock’s three acclaimed films - Tina Goes Shopping (1999), Tina Takes a Break (2001) and Mischief Night (2006) – deal with real-life experiences surrounding race, culture and class within the marginal communities of Leeds.

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave is the third feature film by British director Steve McQueen, following on from Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008).