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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.
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Response to Neilgodfreyy2k
Personally I don't believe the BBFC give special treatment to big name directors or studios. A studio will release a film wanting the widest possible audience for the movie as this means better box office receipts. My understanding is the studio will work with the BBFC to secure the best certificate for the film they're releasing - removing, substituting or shortening shots that may cause a film to be given a higher certificate or re-dubbing bad language to something more suitable and family friendly if required.
I agree that Star Wars perhaps should have been given a PG as some scenes were unsuitable for younger audiences. Also certain scenes in Jurassic Park were intense but within the fantasy context of a dinosaur theme park combined with the way they were presented (not dwelling on detail) I feel a PG was justified - General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children - as some scenes were unsuitable for young children but taken as a whole the film wasn’t worthy as a 12. In JP’s case there was a warning added to the PG certificate detailing that some younger viewers may find the film disturbing.
Saving Private Ryan is interesting. Take out the opening twenty minutes and you’ve a general war film about troops searching for a man with a bit of swearing and sporadic violence in places that wouldn’t justify an 18 certificate. With the brutal opening showing the D-Day landings inserted back in, complete with blood, bullets, explosions and severed human limbs there’s a clear case for the 18. However, although gory and unpleasant at times it’s never intentionally sensationalist – as many of those real life soldiers there have attested, this is what happened.
This isn’t ‘A-Team’ Hollywood where people don’t get hurt and violence has no consequence, this is war and Spielberg shows that. In the same way Schindler’s List dealt with the atrocities of the Holocaust, Saving Private Ryan does with the brutality of war and the BBFC were correct in giving these films 15 certificates as younger, mature audiences should be exposed to these topics (and others) if sensitively handled. An 18 certificate would prevent this.
Yes, the BBFC occasionally push a certificate to its boundaries but I’d rather teenagers be allowed to watch Saving Private Ryan or Schindler’s List and learn something than watching the latest ‘no-brainer’ action flick.
Interesting but whens the next one due?
The first and only episode was very informative and an interesting listen.
So what's happened? We need more episodes!