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  • 1. BBFC RESEARCH By Jack Harding
  • 2. ABOUT THE BBFCThe BBFC aims to protect certain age groups against contentwhich may not be seen as suitable. The BBFC allows the public,especially parents, to make viewing choices for their childrenallowing them to have a better understanding of what it is the filmwill contain.On the website I found what the ratings are based around;‘discrimination, drugs, horror, imitable behaviour, language, nudity,sex and sexual violence.’
  • 3. UU’s are seen to be appropriate for all age groups as they don’t offend or harm youngviewers. U’s tend to have:1. No discriminatory language.2. No references to illegal drugs.3. Scary scenes should not be long or effect younger viewers .4. No dangerous behaviour which be copied.5. Very mild bad language, should still not be frequent.6. Occasional nudity, with no sexual references.7. Mild sexual behaviour (for example, kissing) and references only (for example, to ‘making love’).8. Mild violence only.
  • 4. PGPG stands for parental guidance showing how it may be inappropriate for young children butmay be suitable if parents believe it to be.PG’s tend to have:1. Discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly disapproved of or in an educational or historical context.2. References to illegal drugs or drug misuse must carry a suitable anti-drug message.3. Frightening sequences should not be long during PG’s.4. Potentially dangerous behaviour which young children are likely to copy should not be included.5. Mild bad language only.6. Natural nudity, with no sexual context.7. Mild sex references and innuendo only.8. Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed.
  • 5. 12A & 1212A’s and 12’s are much more harming to viewers showing the large change in age group betweenPG’s to 12A’s and 12’s. They may consist of:1. Discriminatory language or behaviour.2. Use of drugs must be infrequent and should show negative effects of use.3. Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, as long as they are not strongly detailed.4. Dangerous behaviour (e.g. suicide) should not important as they may be copied, or appear pain or harm free. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.5. Moderate language is allowed. The use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’) must be infrequent.6. Nudity is allowed, but in a sexual context must be brief and discreet.7. Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed.8. Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers.9. Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but are allowed if justified by the plot.10. Sexual violence is allowed only if it is implied or is brief.
  • 6. 1515’s so much more content than 12’s or 12A’s as the audience can cope with more explicit scenes.1. The work as a whole must not endorse discriminatory language or behaviour.2. Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse.3. The misuse of easily accessible and highly dangerous substances is unlikely to be acceptable.4. Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be copied. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.5. There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’). The strongest terms may be acceptable if justified by the context.6. Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail.7. Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail.8. Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.9. There may be detailed verbal references to sexual violence but any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification .
  • 7. 1818’s show the most explicit content as those who are able to watch it are mature enough tocope.1. No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 18 may rent or buy an ‘18’ rated video.2. 18 works are for adults and can contain strong issues such as:3. Very strong violence4. Frequent strong language (eg fuck) and/or very strong language (eg ‘cunt’)5. Strong portrayals of sexual activity6. Scenes of sexual violence7. Strong horror, blood and gore8. Discriminatory language and behaviour9. I chose not to include the R18 rating as it has no link to research into the thriller. It was not important to research so there was no need.
  • 8. OUR THRILLER RATINGOverall I believe our thriller rating should range from a 12 – 15.This is because our thriller may have an excessive use of violence,may contain drugs and may include dangerous behaviour, such ashanging or suicide. I do not believe that it may be higher than a 15as there will not be a use of offensive language. This may changeover time depending on the violence used showing how a generaldecision cannot be chosen and is still broad.
  • 9. THRILLER RATINGSGenerally thrillers vary from 12A’s to 18’s. This helps to widen the target market watching thegenre. As the main group who watch films are above 18 this takes into consideration theneeds this age group may have. This may include strong violence, sexual scenes and gorymurders. Younger age groups will not be able to watch these films in the cinema givingpriority to the older audiences.Most thrillers are 15’s as they use strong language, violence, drug use and scenes of asexual nature. They can vary to be higher or lower but are known to be 15’s. Plots of athriller are known to depend on these aspects.Thrillers go down to a rating of a 12 so younger audiences may be able to watch them. Anexample of this would be The Women in Black. This was only given a thriller rating of a 12A.This is interesting to understand as it contains some strong scenes. For someone of this agegroup this may not be seen as suitable. The problem with thriller ratings is that under thecriteria it does fit. The film does not have strong uses of: Violence, language, sexual scenesetc. This shows it does deserve a BBFC film rating of 12/12A but it is known to scare youngerchildren making it hard to judge what rating some thriller films really deserve, this isbecause this film may not be suitable for 12 year olds.