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  • Behind the Scenes at the BBFC John Leggott College 22nd March 2007
  • Today’s Presentation
    • Who are we?
    • History
    • Accountability
    • Examining
    • Borderline works
    • Over to you
    • Questions/Discussion
  • Some Facts
    • In 2006 , the BBFC classified:
      • 555 films
        • 198 of these were passed 15
      • 15122 Videos & DVDs
        • 7110 of these were passed U or PG
      • 298 Digital Games
        • 186 of these were passed 15 or 18
      • 2128 Trailers and Ads
        • 1069 of these were for cinema release
    • In 2006 , the BBFC rejected only ONE work
  • History
    • Established 1912
    • Independent, non-governmental body funded through charged fees
    • Classifies Films on behalf of Local Authorities – the Licensing Act, 2003
    • Classifies Videos, DVDs and some Digital Games under the Video Recordings Act, 1984
  • History 1. Indecorous, ambiguous and irreverent titles and subtitles 2. Cruelty to animals 3. The irreverent treatment of sacred subjects 4. Drunken scenes carried to ‘ Indecorous dancing’ ‘ Drunken scenes carried to excess’ ‘ Unnecessary exhibition of under-clothing’ ‘ References to controversial politics’ ‘ The drug habit. e.g. opium, morphia, cocaine, etc’ 1916 T.P. O’Connor’s ‘Forty-Three Grounds for Deletion’ ‘ 'First Night' scenes’ ‘ Men and women in bed together’ ‘ Scenes laid in disorderly houses’ ‘ Materialization of the conventional figure of Christ’ ‘ Scenes tending to disparage public characters and institutions’
  • Legislation
    • The Licensing Act, 2003:
    • Cinemas require a licence
    • the BBFC classifies on behalf of Local Authorities but they can:
      • ignore BBFC certificates
      • grant their own certificates
      • effectively ‘ban’ Films
  • The Video Recordings Act, 1984
    • ‘ Video Nasties’
    • Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, 1994
    • the ‘Harm’ test
    • Video Games
  • Other Legislation…
    • The Obscene Publications Act , 1959 & 1964
    • Cinematograph Films (Animals Act) , 1937
    • Protection of Children Act , 1978
    • Race Relations Act , 1976
    • Human Rights Act , 1998
    • Blasphemous Libel
  • Accountability
    • Guidelines : February 2005
    • Public Consultation
      • Citizens Juries
      • Research
      • Questionnaires
    • Research Projects
  • Education www.cbbfc.co.uk www.sbbfc.co.uk Launched June 2003 Launched May 2005
  • sbbfc: the Student Guide
    • History, Legislation, Classification
    • Resources
      • Timelines
      • Case Studies
      • Research
      • Articles
      • Downloads
      • News
      • Reading List
      • Web Links
  • sbbfc: for Teachers
    • Seminars
    • External Presentations
    • Downloads
    • BBFC posters
    • Feedback
  • The Examiners
    • 31 Full-Time/Part-Time Examiners
    • 8 Specialist Video Games Examiners
    • Cantonese/South Asian Language Examiners
    • 4 Senior Examiners
    • Various Backgrounds
    • Five-year Contracts
    • Four Teams
    THE CLASSIFICATION PROCESS
  • Examining
    • Examiner Duties
    • Viewing
    • Examiners’ Meeting
    • Team Projects
    • Networking
    • Correspondence
  • The Examining Process
    • Viewing in pairs (with exceptions)
    • Over 5.5 Hours per day
    • Random
    • Examiner’s Log
    • Post viewing discussion linked to:
      • Guidelines
      • Policy
      • Legal Restrictions
    • Decision Agreed upon…
    • Reports Filed
    • Reports Checked
  • Examining: Issues
    • Violence
    • Language
    • Sex
    • Sexual References
    • Sexual Violence
    • Drugs
    • Criminal Activity
    • Weapons
    • Imitable Techniques
    • Horror
    • Theme
    • Legal Issues
  • Other Considerations
    • the work – its story, style, treatment
    • the audience – address and appeal
    • the moral framework
    • artistic or educational merit
    • precedent
    • possible harm
    • potential level of offensiveness
    • context
  • Other Outcomes
    • Split Decision
    • Confirmatory Viewing
    • Cuts - legal reasons - policy - ‘category cuts’
    • Rejection
  • Cuts: Examples
    • Imitable Techniques : violent, criminal, harmful
    • Glamorisation of Offensive Weapons
    • Sexual Violence : eroticised rape or sexual assault
    • Illegal Material
    • Instruction in Drug Use
  • Clips
  • Questions
  • Thank You… www.sbbfc.co.uk