What is the BBFC
• BBFC stands for British Board of Film Classification
• They are responsible for deciding the classification of films.
• There are 7 different classifications of films.
• U (unlassified - for everyone)
• PG (parental guidance needed)
• 12 (no one under 12)
• 12a(no one under 12 can watch without an adult in the cinema)
• 15 (no one under 15)
• 18 (no one uder 18)
• R18 (no one under 18 - contains pornographic themes)
• Films classified as a ‘U’ are suitable for all
ages to watch.
• An example of this Monsters Inc.
• A film classified as a ‘PG’ means that
parental guidance is needed when watching
• An example of this is Harry Potter and the
12 and 12a
• A film classified as a ‘12’ means you have to
be 12 or above to watch the film.
• A 12a applies to cinemas only and means
that if you are under 12 you have to be
accompanied by an adult
• An example of a 12 is Harry Potter and the
• A film classified as a ‘15’ means it is not
suitable for anyone under the age of 15.
• An example of a 15 is Skyfall.
• A film classified as an ‘18’ is not suitable for
anyone under the age of 18.
• an example of this is The Wolf Of Wall Steet
• An R18 is for films containing pornography.
They are also unsuitable for anyone under
the age of 18.
What determines the
classification of a film?
• Strong Language
• Imitable Behaviour
should our film be?
• We have come to the conclusion our film
should be an 18.
• Of the 9 categories used to classify films,
ours contains 6; drugs, horror, imitable
behaviour, violence, and language.
• In the phone call scene, the main kidnapper
says ‘F***’ when on the phone to Jason.
• During the kidnapping, the kidnappers
suffocate Jason’s girlfriend and throw her in
the boot of a car.
• In the phone call scene, Jason’s girlfriend
gets hit around the head with a metal pole
and knocked out.
• Hitting someone with a metal pole can
easily be imitated by children.
• Snorting drugs is also imitable behaviour.
• Jason, the protagonist, is seen snorting lines
• The kidnappers work for a drug lord.
• The kidnappers are wearing balaclavas and
appear quite scary.
• The kidnapping could cause some distress if
a child were to view it.
• An associate of the kidnappers is killed by
• Film is centred around crime and drugs
which could be taken the wrong way by
• There is lots of crime involved – unsuitable
for younger audiences e.g. dealing drugs,
abduction, and murder.