Films on the curriculum

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

We have a wealth of knowledge and case studies to offer the next generation of film, media and technology makers and players and we can provide you with thoughtful and thought provoking resources and speaker sessions to engage your students and encourage discussion.

The following case studies appear on the film or media studies curriculum. As well as explaining the classification of the films, we also provide suggested discussion points and additional classroom resources to download. 


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

This case study can be used for those studying 'American film since 2005: Section B: Comparative Study of Contemporary American Independent Cinema (post 2005) - Mainstream film’ on the WJEC AS/A-level specification. 

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.

This case study can be used for those studying 'Content of Critical Approaches to Film: Section A: Contemporary British and US Film - Contemporary US film' on the A-level OCR specification.

Dil Se..

Dil Se.. (Mani Ratnam, 1998) is a Hindi language Indian romantic thriller that blends Bollywood spectacle with an arthouse sensibility. The film’s themes of obsessive love and violence are set against a highly political narrative that explores issues of separatism in India during the 1990s. 

This case study can be used for those studying 'Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives - Section A (Two film study) - Outside Europe' on the A-level WJEC / Eduqas specification.


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.  

This case study can be used for those studying ‘Component 1: Section B - American Film since 2005’ on the A-level WJEC / Eduqas specification.


Disney’s Zootropolis (Rich Moore, Byron Howard, Jared Bush) is set in a fictional city in which animals live in harmony together in the big smoke. It boasts Jason Batemen, Ginner Goodwin and Idris Elba amongst its voice cast and won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 

This case study can be used for those studying ‘Critical Approaches to Film: Section A - Contemporary British and US Film’ on the A-level OCR specification.