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.

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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.

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Netflix's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel received a 15 rating for its sexual content, which is explored in this case study.

Basketball Or Nothing

Material relating to drugs will be innocuous, discreet, or have a clear aversive message at the junior categories. Read about our PG classification for Netflix's Basketball Or Nothing series.

The Suicide Squad

Violence is often a category-defining issue in the superhero genre. While bloody violence features heavily in The Suicide Squad, the film's dark comic tone proved crucial to its 15 classification.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Sam Raimi's influence can be felt through the horror elements in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, which presented a departure from previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read about the film's 12A classification.


A brief moment of nudity was the sole category-defining issue in this U-rated Jane Austen adaptation.


Loro, an Italian-language biopic of politician and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, required an 18 classification for drug misuse.