BBFC

Who are the BBFC and what do they do?

The BBFC are the British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912 and videos/ DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984.

How many age rating categories are there and what are they?

There are 7 age rating categories which are called:

U - Suitable for all

PG - Parental guidance

12A - Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over

12 - Video releases suitable for 12 years and over

15 - Suitable for 15 years and over

18 - Suitable for adults only

R18 - Adult works for licences premises only

Can you give an example of a film that fits into each category and explain why it was placed in this category?

U: Finding Dory (U) because it is a family film and in the BBFC said it has some threat because of a scene in which the main characters are chases by a giant squid and a baby fish strays into a strong water current and is swept away, causing brief distress. also there are scenes of emotional distress in which a character believes she has lost her parents and may never see them again.

PG: The BFG is because it has occasional scenes of mild threat in which a young girl hides from giants who are intent on eating her. Also there are infrequent scenes of very mild violence, including some large giants bullying and throwing around a smaller giant.

12A: The Holiday is a 12A because it has Infrequent strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder bad language so this film wouldn't be suitable for someone under the age of 10. there is also no sex shown on TV but there are verbal references.Also there is a scene where there is some brief mild violence and a scene in which a woman briefly inhales gas, as she contemplates suicide but does not go through with it.

12: If I stay is a film about a girl who suffers injuries in a car accident. During an 'out of body' experience, she gets to look back over her life and at the effects of her life-threatening injuries on those around her. This is a 12 because there are some disturbing images of injuries, firstly when a car accident victim is seen lying by the side of a road with blood spreading out onto some snow, then further sight of blood and injuries during an operation, when the doctors' hands and implements are seen stained with blood. There is also emotional distress of those coming to terms with the loss of loved ones. There are some mild sex references and two mild sex scenes. There is also some mild bad language.

15: Easy A is a comedy about a high-school student who finds herself labelled as promiscuous after some gossip is overheard. this film was classified as 15 because it has frequent moderate sex references. The sex references occur throughout the film and there is almost-continuous banter between the teenage characters about such matters as losing one's 'v-card, orgasms, breast-size and sexual fantasising. The film also contains references to sexually transmitted infections, with a rumour circulating that the imaginary boyfriend of the lead character "gave you crabs" and another character accusing the girl of giving him chlamydia.The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state that 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed' and that 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers'. The frequency of the sex references and the inclusion of cruder references to sex toys, STIs and similar meant that the film was more appropriately placed at '15'. The film also contains some moderate language and drug references, when the lead character is offered a marijuana bong by a friend's parent. However, she refuses the drugs and the parents are not likely to be regarded as role models.

18: dawn of the dead is a film about zombie apocalypse and they go around eating everyone but there are some survivors who are stuck in a mall surrounded by zombies hoping to survive and trying to find a way out. Its an 18 because it has strong bloody violence and horror including the scene where the little girl comes into the main characters room and bitter husband so she runs outside her house.

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