BBFC introduction Since 1985 the British board of film classification has been a independent board that has exercised responsibilities over the world of cinema. Through out the years the BBFC has changed and in this slide show I will at the key points in the BBFC’s lifespan.
1984- video recording act In1984 parliament passed the video recording act which states that any video recording that was offered or sold in the UK must be classified. This job was giving to the BBFC and it was at this point that they changes there name to the British board of film classification as this was now a big part of there work.
1912-1949 The BBFC didnt really have any written rules or code like the Hays code used in Hollywood in stand they have used practical lines while trying to reflect public attitudes. Standards have evolved throughout the boards history so at the start the guidelines werent that good unlike now. It must be noted that the change in standards aren’t because of the BBFC but because of new laws or change in cultural so the BBFC needed to reflect this.
1948-Arthur Watkins In 1948 Arthur Watkins was appointed the secretary of the board and along with Sidney Harris created a new set of principles and they where was the story, incident or dialogue likely to impair the moral standards of the public by extenuating vice or crime or depreciating moral standards? Was it likely to give offence to reasonably minded cinema audiences What effect would it have on children? With these new principles the BBFC allowed film makers the freedom to make more adult subjects as children couldn’t enter.
1970s In the 1970 a change was brought into the category system as it was recognised that teenagers had their own issues which should be reflected in the category system. With this new certifications where made like X where for 16-18 years old, the A stayed and a new AA was made which wouldn’t allow people under 14 to see the film no matter what. The idea be hide this was to protect children from material that isn’t suited for them so they could now not get into films with adult features.
1970 controversies In the 1970 the united states brought out x category this later became a controversy as it allowed film makers to make scenes in their films that before would never be in films like rape.
New category system In 1982 the A was changed to PG and AA was changed to 15 with X becoming 18. these new category where brought in to give the BBFC more control over the films as before they could only cut it to be for adults or children now they have opinions with there being children rating (PG) and a teenager rating (15) and finally one for adults (18). In 1989 the 12 rating was brought to bridge the gap between PG to 15.
New guidelines The BBFC asked the public before compilation of new classification guidelines to know what the public thought about things like drugs. In 2002 the 12A rating was brought out the parents could pick if their children watched a film.
BBFC Though out the years the BBFC have developed and changed the rules and laws of media and as we continue to move forward what other changes could be brought in by the BBFC?