British Board of Film
Classification
BBFC
British Board of Film Classification
• The BBFC are “the independent regulator of the film and video
industry in the UK.”
...
BBFC – classifying a film
Case study – BBFC and The Dark Knight
12A
certificate

Using these BBFC classification details, and your knowledge of The ...
Debate
•

It ranged from personal
experience – newspaper
columnist Allison Pearson and
former Tory Party leader Iain
Dunca...
BBFC’s Justification
• “The key classification issues noted were violence and
threat, though the examining team felt the v...
Task
• Look at the list of film classifications – in pairs/small
groups create a simple checklist for each age band.
• Fil...
• http://www.bbfc.co.uk/educationresources/student-guide/rate-a-trailer
• What do you think these trailers were rated
(pos...
Task
• In pairs/3s, look at the issues on the BBFC site
• http://www.bbfc.co.uk/educationresources/student-guide/rating-pr...
Homework
• On the BBFC website is a case study section.
• Find examples of 3 films that caused
regulation issues for the b...
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  1. 1. British Board of Film Classification BBFC
  2. 2. British Board of Film Classification • The BBFC are “the independent regulator of the film and video industry in the UK.” • They classifying cinema releases, DVDs, video-games and advertisements shown in cinemas. • Their classification is only recommendatory in cinema release – it can be over-ruled by the Local Authority. However, their classification is mandatory on DVD and video-game releases. Areas of a text which the BBFC consider when applying a Certification: • Discrimination • Horror • Drugs • Imitable Behaviour • Language • Nudity • Sex • Theme • Violence
  3. 3. BBFC – classifying a film
  4. 4. Case study – BBFC and The Dark Knight 12A certificate Using these BBFC classification details, and your knowledge of The Dark Knight, do you think the certificate was appropriate one to give?
  5. 5. Debate • It ranged from personal experience – newspaper columnist Allison Pearson and former Tory Party leader Iain Duncan Smith complaining the film was too strong for their children – to wider condemnation of the BBFC, its policies and its role. • In addition the BBFC received over 200 complaints from members of the public. • Most appeared after the coverage in the press and were along the lines that the rating given was too low, and that the film was too strong for younger viewers. • However, some people contacted the Board during the media coverage to support the „12A‟ decision, including John Whittingdale MP, the Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
  6. 6. BBFC’s Justification • “The key classification issues noted were violence and threat, though the examining team felt the violence was, in line with „12A‟ guidelines, both impressionistic and bloodless. • Examiners noted some scenes of strong threat when The Joker menaces other, sometimes innocent, characters. The strongest of these include sight of The Joker touching a gangster‟s mouth with a knife before killing him (off screen) and a scene in which he presses his blade into Rachel’s cheek. Examiners also discussed the film‟s tone which included some dark and adult moments. • Though these and other scenes in which characters were held hostage or beaten had considerable psychological impact, they contained little in terms of strong detail – thus presenting a dilemma, should the BBFC be classifying what is actually seen, or what is imagined by the viewer?”
  7. 7. Task • Look at the list of film classifications – in pairs/small groups create a simple checklist for each age band. • Film classifications are: – U; PG; 12A; 15; 18 • Look on the BBFC website at their definitions. How do these compare with the existing classification? http://www.bbfc.co.uk/sites/default/files/attachmen ts/BBFC%20Classification%20Guidelines%202009_6. pdf
  8. 8. • http://www.bbfc.co.uk/educationresources/student-guide/rate-a-trailer • What do you think these trailers were rated (possibly for a higher or lower audience than the actual film)
  9. 9. Task • In pairs/3s, look at the issues on the BBFC site • http://www.bbfc.co.uk/educationresources/student-guide/rating-process/issues • Choose ONE of the topics and produce a presentation on how censorship and regulation has changed. • Find clips to support your views where possible. • Also give examples of films that had issues with that particular part of the regulation.
  10. 10. Homework • On the BBFC website is a case study section. • Find examples of 3 films that caused regulation issues for the board. Bring ready to discuss next lesson. • What do YOU think about film regulation?
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