HUNKY DORY | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 105m 18s

Ratings Info Contains strong language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Marc Evans

Cast includes Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch, Robert Pugh, Steve Speirs

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 13/04/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HUNKY DORY is a drama based on events that took place in a Swansea secondary school during the summer of 1976. It follows the story of a drama teacher who inspires her students by helping them stage a rock 'n' roll version of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. The film was classified '15' for strong language.

The film contains multiple uses of strong language. These exceed the terms of the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12', which state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent', but are permissible at '15' where the Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language'.

The film also contains some moderate sex references, including references to 'shagging' and to a female student being 'the school bike'. One student calls his stage partner 'a prick tease'. Additionally, there are some uses of discriminatory and racist language, mostly uttered by an unsympathetic skinhead character who refers to another student as being a 'puff' and who jokes about 'killing Pakis'. However, his attitudes are not endorsed by the work as a whole. There are brief glimpses of students smoking what appears to be marijuana, but this is not glamourised. Cigarette smoking also features occasionally, and various opinions are expressed about whether or not this is a good thing, but these simply reflect the attitudes of the day.


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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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