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News Monday 23rd January...

BBFC CutsCuts and Bans The Beast Within DVD
Shopping: The Beast Within
1982 USA horror by Philippe Mora just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly DVD front cover
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
BBFC cracks its whip

News Sunday 22nd January...

BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Free Fire 2016 Ben Wheatley
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions

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The British Board of Film Classifications are the state designated censors of all video media sold in the UK.

The BBFC are also the cinema censors, but in this capacity, the ultimate decision rests with local councils. BBFC certificates though are generally accepted by the local authorities.

In recent years the BBFC has done a very good in making their decisions accessible to all.

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BBFC Podcast


Jan 2017 Podcast 63 Stranger Things/The Goonies

December 2016 Podcast 62 David Austin Q&A

November 2016 Podcast 61 Diamonds are Forever

November 2016 Podcast 60 Scream

October 2016 Podcast 59 Drug misuse

October 2016 Podcast 58 Labyrinth & Zootroplis

September 2016 Podcast 57 Something Wild

August 2016 Podcast 56 Victim (1971)
July 2016 Podcast 55 Victim (1961)
July 2016 Podcast 54 Spoilers
June 2016 Podcast 53 Macbeth (1971)
June 2016 Podcast 52 Gremlins
June 2016 Podcast 51 Romeo and Juliet (1968)
May 2016 Podcast 50 The Exorcist
May 2016 Podcast 49 The Life of Brian
April 2016 Podcast 48 The Good the Bad & the Ugly
April 2016 Podcast 47 Monty Python's Holy Grail
March 2016 Podcast 46 Natural Born Killers
March 2016 Podcast 45 The Hunger Games
March 2016 Podcast 44 Goblet of Fire
February 2016 Podcast 43 Saturday Night Fever
February 2016 Podcast 42 MPAA speak about piracy
January 2016 Podcast 41 The Lovely Bones
January 2016 Podcast 40 Texas Chainsaw Massacre
December 2015 Podcast 39 Rebel Without a Cause
December 2015 Podcast 38 Jaws
November 2015 Podcast 37 Borderline Decisions
November 2015 Podcast 36 Alien
November 2015 Podcast 35 Temple of Doom
October 2015 Podcast 34 Part 2 Sci-Fi Films
Sept 2015 Podcast 34 Part 1 Sci-Fi Films
Sept 2015 Podcast 33 Bedazzled (1967)
Sept 2015 Podcast 32 Classifying Discrimination 2
August 2015 Podcast 32 Classifying Discrimination 1
August 2015 Podcast 31 Historic Annual Reports
July 2015 Podcast 30 Django
June 2015 Podcast 29 Superhero films
April 2015 Podcast 28 James Ferman Part 2
March 2015 Podcast 27 Classifying Comedy
January 2015 Podcast 26 James Ferman Part 1
November 2014 Podcast 25 The Into Film Festival
October 2014 Podcast 24 Stephen Murphy
August 2014 Podcast 23 International Classification
July 2014 Podcast 22 Tone
June 2014 Podcast 21 John Trevelyan
April 2014 Podcast 20 Suicide and self harm
March 2014 Podcast 19 Mobile Internet Classification
January 2014 Podcast 18 Guidelines Update 2014
December Podcast 17 Classifying Anime
November Podcast 16 Behind the Scenes
September Podcast 15 Protecting Children
August Podcast 14 Other Classification Issues
July Podcast 13 The BBFC Archives
May Podcast 12 Bollywood and Reality Video
March Podcast 11 The Guidelines
Jan 2013: Podcast 10 Childnet & FACT
Dec 2012: Podcast 9 Imitable Techniques

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List of Cuts: Blasphemy
List of Cuts: Exorcist Films
List of Cuts: Friday the 13th Films
List of Cuts: Halloween Films
List of Cuts: Hammer Horror
List: Hardcore 18s
List of Cuts: Ilsa Films
List of Cuts: Nightmare on Elm Street Films
List of Cuts: Saw Films
Detailed Cuts: A Serbian Film
List of Cuts: Texas Chainsaw Films

Cutting Edge Temple of Doom

42: Temple of Doom 31st December 2016
41:Bound 30th November 2016
40: Hellraiser Special Edition 31st October 2016
39: Straw Dogs 30th September 2016
38: Predator 2 31st August 2016
37: Tango and Cash 31st July 2016
36: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 30th June 2016
35: Basic Instinct Special Edition 1st June 2016
34: Cutthroat Island 30th April 2016
33: Lethal Weapon 2 31st March 2016
32: The Hunger Games 29th February 2016
31: xXx Films 28th January 2016
30: Strange Days Special Edition 30th December 2015
29: Batman Forever 21st December 2015
28: Mirrors 14th December 2015
27: Hard Target 26th November 2015
26: The Rundown 29th October 2015
25: Doctor Who Special Edition 17th Sep 2015
24: The Equalizer 19th August 2015
23: The Mummy Series 16th July 2015
22: Eraser 14th June 2015
21: The Frighteners 21st May 2015
20: RoboCop Special Edition May 2015
18: Taken 2 April 2015
18: Sleeping with the Enemy March 2015
17: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer February 2015
16: Hot Shots! and Part Deux January 2015
15: Die Hard Special Edition December 2014
14: Lethal Weapon November 2014
13: Point Break October 2014
12: True Lies September 2014
11: Casino Royale August 2014
10: The Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons
July 2014
9: The Rock June 2014
8: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves May 2014
7: Terminator 2 April 2014
6: Steven Seagal Special March 2014
5: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
4: Scream
3: Cliffhanger
2: The Woman in Black
1: Tomorrow Never Dies
Quick Trims
31 The Art of War January 2017
30 Big Mamma's House May 2016
29 Scoobie Doo: The Movie April 2016
28 Secondhand Lions March 2016
27 Cobra February 2016
26 Fast & Furious January 2016
25 Presumed Innocent November 2015
24 Transsiberian October 2015
23 Face/Off August 2015
22 Kindergarten Cop July 2015
21 Mystery Men June 2015
20: Stay April 2015
19: Left Behind March 2015

18: Hard Boiled December 2014

17: The Burning October 2014
16: Romeo Must Die September 2014
15: Jack Reacher August 2014
14: Daybreakers August 2014
13: Commando on YouTube
12: Angel Eyes on YouTube
11: Daredevil on YouTube
10: Men in Black on YouTube
9: Street Fighter on YouTube
8: Braveheart on YouTube
7: Drop Zone on YouTube
6: Maximum Risk on YouTube
5: Bridget Jones's Diary on YouTube
4: Judge Dredd on YouTube
3: The Matrix on YouTube
2: Thunderball on YouTube
1: In the Line of Fire on YouTube
Genre Cuts:  James Bond Films
Detailed Cuts: GoldenEye
Detailed Cuts: Licence to Kill
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Recent BBFC News


21st Jan
Poster Edge of Seventeen 2016 Kelly Fremon Craig
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions

20th Jan
Poster Moonlight 2016 Barry Jenkins
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Destruction Babies, Killer's Moon
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

19th Jan
The Goonies Blu-ray
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 63
The BBFC discusses issues from the Netflix Stranger Things series, E.T., cuts to The Goonies and Stand by Me
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Chamber 2016 Ben Parker
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
T2: Trainspotting, Amuck, Death Race 2050, Yoga Hosers

18th Jan
Poster Dont Knock Twice 2016 Caradog W James
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Don't Hang Up, Don't Knock Twice, T2: Trainspotting 2
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily chips
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

16th Jan
DVD front cover
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
A few old cuts
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Fist Fight 2017 Richie Keen
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley

15th Jan
Poster Personal Shopper 2016 Olivier Assayas
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions

13th Jan
Angry Birds Movie Clay Kaytis
BBFC Cuts 2016
BBFC cuts, including advised cuts, category cuts and compulsory cuts to all films except sex films (for which there are way too many cuts to list)
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Poster Embrace 2016 Taryn Brumfitt
Update: Low self esteem
Fearing that the feminist movie Embrace will be unattractive to young people, distributors commission a little BBFC cosmetic surgery to improve its appeal

11th Jan
Poster All Nighter 2017 Gavin Wiesen
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

9th Jan
DVD front cover
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
UK porn censor keeps it down to one silly cut this week
BBFC NewsBBFC News urban dictionary logo
BBFC decides that the Urban Dictionary website should be adults only

4th Jan
Poster Personal Shopper 2016 Olivier Assayas
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions

1st Jan
Poster Embrace 2016 Taryn Brumfitt
BBFC Cuts 2017
BBFC cuts, including advised cuts, category cuts and compulsory cuts to all films except sex films (for which there are way too many cuts to list)
BBFC NewsTemple of Doom

31st Dec
Cutting Edge: Temple of Doom
Season 2: Episode 42: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge examines the disheartening censor cuts for a UK PG rating
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

26th Dec
DVD front cover
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
The BBFC dreams up another ludicrous prohibition, putting sex toys in the mouth

24th Dec
Poster Embrace 2016 Taryn Brumfitt
Update: Embracing Political Correctness
Why has the BBFC deleted 'nudity' from the consumer advice for the feminist documentary, Embrace?

Previous BBFC News


23rd Dec
Offsite Article: Scream at 20
How Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson tore the slasher film apart

 BBFC News: Latest
 MPAA News:  Latest
 BBFC Guidelines 2014 to Present, 2009 to 2014, 2005 to 2009, 2000 to 2005
 The Classification Framework Structure for internet and mobile phone content (offsite)
 Policy at the BBFC News, updates and clarifications
 Blasphemy at the BBFC News and censored films on the subject of blasphemy and religious offence
 Dare Devils at the BBFC by Rob Stone (September 2006)
 Appeal against BBFC cuts to Last House on the Left (June 2002)
 The Professionals: A Hiding to Nothing BBFC hassle over opening locks with a credit card (Feb 2002)
 Snuff Movies The Making of an urban legend (June 1999)

BBFC People  David Cooke Director of the BBFC: 2004 - present
 Quentin Thomas President of the BBFC: 2002-2012
 Robin Duval Director of the BBFC: 1999-2004
 Andreas Whittam Smith President of the BBFC: 1997-2002
 Moralist Censor and Convicted Criminal John Taylor, Vice President of the BBFC: 1998 2008
 Rating Games for a Living Interview with Sue Clark (May 2008)
 Jan Chambers Recently resigned examiner writes for the Guardian (Aug 2002)
 Jim Barratt film examiner outlines changes after Ferman retired

Legalisation of R18 Hardcore  Chapter 1: Jacking Off the Censor Hardcore snippets temporarily got BBFC approval in 1997
 Chapter 2: Makin' Whoopee in Summer 1998
 Chapter 3: Rumours of a Return to Porn in November/December 1998
 Chapter 4: Porn is In & Out & In & Out Again the state of play in January 1999
 Chapter 5: The Video Appeals Committee Forcing the BBFC to respect the law, May 1999
 Chapter 6: Censoring Safer Sex Discrimination at the BBFC. May 1999
 Chapter 7: Hiding Behind Children Giving up on obscenity and using concern for children, July 1999
 Chapter 8: The VAC R18 Appeal Report from the VAC Appeal, July 1999
 Chapter 9: An Appealing Victory Video Appeals Committee judgment allows hardcore, August 1999
 Chapter 10: The Censor and the State BBFC seek Judicial review, winter 1999/2000
 Chapter 11: Judicial Review Confirms Legality of Hardcore: Spring & Summer 2000
 Chapter 12: More Sex Shops Required according to Andreas Whittam Smith, November 2000
 Chapter 13: The Legalisation of Hardcore: A recap 1997-2000