9 Songs is a 2004 UK drama by Michael Winterbottom. With Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley and Huw Bunford.
More real sex than most 18's on this list. Uncut in the UK and US.
Summary Review: Tenderness
In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and a British glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters.
First and foremost, yes, there is a lot of explicit sex and it is as explicit, but fortunately not nearly as unrelenting, as many pornographic films. The pair fondle each other's genitals, masturbate, there is a footjob in the tub, there is vibrator
action, penetrative vaginal sex as well as fellatio and cunnilingus. Matt wears a condom in the vagina penetration scene but he has the distinction of being the first man in a mainstream British film to be shown ejaculating.
But hey, I expected the explicit sex. What I did not expect was the tenderness with which those scenes were directed and played out. They had a sincerity and depth of feeling that is rarely if ever seen in pornos, and whilst I know the actors are
only doing their job and were not a couple in real life at the time, both seem completely at ease with the raw intimacy involved and even display significant on-screen chemistry. Neither O'Brien nor Stilley are typically attractive in the Hollywood,
plastic, overly-made-up artificial sense of the word; rather they are real and human, and beautifully imperfect. And so the sex (despite it being so truly believable that at times I almost thought I was watching myself!) is undeniably hot.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for frequent strong real sex for:
1900 is a 1976 Italy/France/West Germany drama by Bernardo Bertolucci.
With Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu and Dominique Sanda.
Exists in 3 versions, a shortened International Theatrical Version, the full length Italian Version and the Italian Version without a real sex masturbation scene.
Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (de Niro). The drama spans from 1900 to about 1945, and focuses mainly on the rise of Fascism
and the peasants' eventual reaction by supporting Communism, and how these events shape the destinies of the two main characters.
UK: The Uncut Italian Version was passed 18 uncut for one scene of strong real sex :
This version is uncut and includes the scenes with the main characters as young boys examining each other's genitals (this scene is much less graphic than many believe), and the prostitute masturbating Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu.
One of the episodes contains strong sexualised nudity when a man searches through images on his dead wife's phone to find evidence of her infidelity and discovers photographs of an erect penis. There is also brief sight of a man with an erect
penis in a later scene. These scenes meant that this episode is more appropriately placed at 18.
American Translation is a 2011 France drama by Pascal Arnold & Jean-Marc Barr.
With Lizzie Brocheré, Pierre Perrier and Djédjé Apali.
Uncut in the UK (18) and US (Unrated)
Summary Review: Ambiguously Weird
A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill. From the moment they meet, brooding Chris (Pierre Perrier) and the beautiful Aurore (Lizzie Brochere') fall instantly and
passionately in love but it s not long before their intense connection is consumed by Chris s dark obsession with gay men. Before long, the pair embarks on a violent and sexual journey filled with seduction and destruction of young gay hustlers.
Hard-hitting, intensely sexy and wildly controversial, American Translation is a twisted Bonnie and Clyde for a new generation.
This movie shows a lot of skin and is a disturbing drama. A movie that does not care if you like it's main character but has an interesting journey to follow.
Not to everyone's taste, but if you like weird movies, then try it.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, nudity and brief real sex for:
The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 2012:
In addition to sight of erections, there is a sequence in which a pornographic film is viewed, which includes real masturbation and oral sex. However, the emphasis is on the character watching the film and the briefly seen sex illustrates the
character's sexual obsession, rather than being the focus of the scene. It could therefore be contained at 18.
Anatomy of Hell is a 2004 France film by Catherine Breillat. With Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi and Alexandre Belin.
Uncut in the UK and US
Summary Review : Words and ideology
A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's unwatchable .
The movie is not simply about the visuals. This film is as much about words and ideology as the imagery is about fragility, beauty and censorship. The script is powerful and confronting and the dialogue is beautifully supported by the equally
powerful visual aspects.
We become voyeurs on an exploration of myth, ideology, sexuality, and identity, going through as much of a revelation as the male lead does when personal ideology impacts with truth.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexual detail and strobing effects for:
Annabelle partagée is a 1991 France drama by Francesca Comencini.
Starring Delphine Zingg, François Marthouret and Jean-Claude Adelin.
Uncut and 18 rated by the BBFC for 1992 cinema release and 1993 VHS. Contains real sex.
An emotionally touching, beautiful tale of love, that is filled with a sense of melancholy and moodiness, and yet never falls into melodrama or self-pity.
Some might find the sex a little explicit. But then again, this is a film about relationships, relationships that consist of little more than sex... it only seems natural that the intimacy should be given its fair share of screen time. Still, the sex
never threatens to overwhelm the rest of the film - this is no soft-porn dressed up as art, by any means.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
1993 Tartan VHS
1992 cinema release
The BBFC commented that Annabelle partagée is one of the small group of videos featuring unsimulated sex that has been classified by the BBFC at the 18 category
Antichrist is a 2009 Denmark/Germany/France/Sweden/Italy/Poland drama by Lars Von Trier. With Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm.
Uncut in the UK and US.
The BBFC explained their 18 rating:
At '18', the BBFC's Guidelines state that the more explicit images of sexual activity are unlikely to be permitted unless they can be exceptionally justified by context and the work is not a 'sex work'. A 'sex work' is defined
as a work whose 'primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation'. It is clear that ANTICHRIST is not a 'sex work' but a serious drama exploring issues such as grief, loss, guilt and fear.
The brief images of explicit real sex (sight of a penis penetrating a vagina during a consensual sex scene and sight of the man's penis being masturbated to climax) are exceptionally justified, in this context, by the manner in
which they illustrate the film's themes and the nature of the couple's relationship. Their relationship is depicted throughout in a graphic and unflinching fashion, both psychologically and physically.
The BBFC has permitted comparable explicit images in a number of previous features at the '18' level (eg L'EMPIRE DES SENS, 9 SONGS, SHORTBUS and Lars von Trier's earlier film, THE IDIOTS) where it has been clear that the
purpose of the work - and the individual images in question - is not simply to arouse viewers but to illustrate characters, relationships and themes.
Note that the hardcore shots are inserted into the sex scenes and are attributed to body doubles Horst Stramka and Mandy Starship.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, bloody violence and self-mutilation for:
2014 Artificial Eye [The Lars von Trier Collection] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
2014 Artificial Eye [The Lars von Trier Collection] R2 DVD
at UK Amazon
Assassin(s) is a 1997 France crime drama by Mathieu Kassovitz. With Michel Serrault, Mathieu Kassovitz and Mehdi Benoufa.
Summary Review: An Education
Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max, young and passionless thief to be his successor.
The film begins well enough, with Wagner recruiting Max and training him to take over his job. Then, about two-thirds of the way through, the film abruptly changes direction and seems to go off on some kind of crusade to educate the world about the
dangers of video games on impressionable young boys. At that point, the film loses its momentum and the violence which ensues appears senseless and gratuitous.
Thanks to Gary. The real sex is a brief scene of a character watching a porn movie on TV.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, real sex and sexual violence references for:
At Any Price is a 2012 USA thriller by Ramin Bahrani.
Starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron and Kim Dickens.
In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple wants his rebellious son Dean to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes
investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for brief strong sexual image for:
At Any Price, a US drama about the relationship between a father and his rebellious son, has a scene in which a young woman looks through a pornographic magazine and reveals a bare-breasted woman engaged in oral sex. The explicit sexual imagery is
brief and isolated and in the context of a dramatic work where the intention is neither sexual arousal nor stimulation. Consequently, it was passed uncut at 18.
Baise-moi is a 2000 France crime drama by Virginie Despentes and Coralie.
With Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot.
Cut by the BBFC for 2001 cinema release and 2002 DVD, but uncut on 2013 DVD. Banned in Australia
Summary Review: Crude but exhilarating
Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences.
People comparing Baise-Moi to Thelma and Louise and finding it wanting by comparison are missing the point. Baise-Moi has much more in common with films like Natural Born Killers and Rafal Sielinski's Fun , and
viewers who won't enjoy the nasty music, nasty violence and nasty sex should stick to safe, predictable Hollywood production-line films. For those with stronger stomachs, this will be a cult film to watch repeatedly.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, real sex and very strong language with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
BAISE-MOI is a subtitled French feature in which two young women, marginalised by society and troubled by their experiences of rape, prostitution and pornography, meet by chance and embark on a violent killing spree. It was originally cut at 18
for both cinema and video release in 2001. This DVD re-release is rated 18 uncut for sexual violence, real sex and very strong language.
A brutal rape scene occurs early in the film, with two women being abducted by a group of men and taken to an abandoned warehouse. There, one of the women struggles and cries out as she is hit, forcibly stripped and raped. The other woman remains
passive, refusing to respond to the rapists. The scene includes nudity and an explicit close shot of real penetration. However, neither the nudity nor the real penetration are portrayed as sexual or titillating. On the contrary, the rape is
presented as violent and horrific, and, in this context, the shot of penetration reinforces the violation and brutality. In a later scene a man is anally penetrated with a gun. Again, the act is clearly one of violence and it relates back to the
earlier rape. Neither sequence makes sexual or sadistic violence appear normal, appealing or arousing. There is never any suggestion that the victims enjoy the experience, and the audience is led to identify and empathise with the victims, not the
BAISE-MOI contains additional scenes of strong sex, including real oral sex and penetration, as the young women are seen with clients or men they meet on their journey. These scenes, like the scenes of sexual violence, reflect the gritty reality
of the character's lives and experiences.
Batalla en el cielo is a 2005 Mexico / Belgium / France / Germany / Netherlands drama by Carlos Reygadas.
Starring Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz and Bertha Ruiz.
Uncut in the UK and US
A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for whom he drives, who does sexual acts to any man for pleasure.
Marcos confesses his guilt to her in his troubled search for relief, and then finds himself on his knees amid the multitude of believers moving slowly toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe.
Apparently people just aren't much into "faking it" anymore, even when it comes to sex in the movies. The Mexican film, Battle in Heaven , opens with a graphic scene of a young woman performing oral sex on the
main character - and we can clearly see that this is not a simulation (it's also not much of a stimulation given the man involved). I don't know if the various hardcore scenes were actually included in the movie when it played theatrically in the
United States in 2006. But they are certainly in the video, and those easily offended by such activity had best be forewarned.
For me, the sex scenes themselves are not the problem. It is the movie as a whole that I object to. For Battle in Heaven is a pretentious, arty contrivance that seems to be operating under the assumption - quite rightly perhaps, since the
movie ended up on quite a large number of ten best lists last year - that it can earn points with the critical intelligentsia if it can just manage to bore its audience into a state of complete catatonia.
Beauty is a 2011 South Africa/France/Germany gay drama by Oliver Hermanus.
With Roeline Daneel, Sue Diepeveen and Charlie Keegan.
Uncut in the UK
The BBFC commented in its Annual Report covering 2012:
Beauty is a South African drama about a middle-aged businessman who leads a secret life with a group of men who gather to have sex with each other. It includes sight of a pornographic video playing in the background during one
such gathering. The video features brief scenes of unsimulated masturbation and anal penetration that graphically illustrate both the nature of the men's sexual activities and their hypocrisy in being openly bigoted against gay people whilst at the
same time enjoying gay pornography and gay group sex. With this clear contextual justification the film was classified 18 without cuts.
Promotional Material: Misplaced Lust
Francois lives a skillfully controlled, well managed life, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Father of two daughters and a devoted husband, he is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean and ordered existence.23-year-old Christian is
the son of a long lost friend. By all accounts he is the personification of a handsome young man in the prime of his life. Francois is so disarmed by the young man that it instantly ignites within him an all consuming infatuation and misplaced lust.
Despite his careful concealed disgust for himself, Francois pours out the lost emotions he has despised all his life in what becomes a desperate attempt at taking from the world that which he has always secretly wanted: Happiness.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex and sexual violence for:
Bedways is a 2010 Germany romance by Rolf Peter Kahl.
Starring Miriam Mayet, Matthias Faust and Lana Cooper.
Uncut in the UK
A huge, run-down apartment in Berlin Mitte. Two women and a man, rehearsals for a movie about love and sex, that will never be shot. Acting and reality mingle into a dangerous melange. Berlin is the shelter, love is impossible, flesh is the law.
It's really a brilliant film about sex, love and desire. With great music, located in Berlin and yes, with graphic sex scenes, but no porn!
Some words about the actors: The performance of the lead actress Miriam Mayet is awesome! She has a remarkable presence, not only at the great masturbation scene in one take, without a cut for around 10 minutes!
Blind is a 2014 Norway drama by Eskil Vogt.
Starring Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen and Vera Vitali.
Uncut by the BBFC for 2015 a8 rated cinema and home video release. The BBFC not that it features strong real sex.
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home - a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid's real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest
fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.
A story of a man obsessed with porn, which he depicts with unexpected frankness. Adult websites become full screen cinema, and Blind establishes itself very quickly as the rare film ready, willing and able to discuss adult sexual appetites and
UK: Passed 18 uncut for images of strong real sex for:
Images of real sexual activity are seen on pornographic websites in a couple of scenes, and in a porn video playing on a TV screen in the background of another scene. There is sight of real masturbation, oral sex and penetration, although
individual images are brief. There are also dramatised scenes of sexual activity, as well as strong verbal sex references and nudity.
Blood and Rain is a 2009 Columbia/Argentina drama by Jorge Navas.
With Gloria Montoya, Quique Mendoza and Juan Miguel Silva.
Uncut in the UK
Summary Review: Bogata Underworld
Jose s night shift as a cab driver is fuelled by an overwhelming need for revenge following his brother's murder by a gang of violent psychopaths. Unexpectedly joining forces with the firecracker fare that is Angela, this unlikely pair of damaged
goods fall further into the rain-soaked underworld of Bogota.
This film has pervasive strong language, full frontal nudity, some strong sexual content, drug & alcohol abuse & violence, some of which is graphic & disturbing. Leave the kiddies home.
Passed 18 uncut for infrequent scenes of sexual violence and real sexual activity:
Boys on Film 2 is a 2009 release compilation of gay shorts
Uncut in the UK
Summary Review: Unmissable
Like its predecessor in the series, this is a truly excellent collection of nine short films, with the added benefit that more care has been taken this time to ensure an international flavour, including films from Sweden,
France, Germany, Mexico and Australia. It's unusual for short film compilations to maintain a consistently high standard throughout, typically having several fillers thrown in; here, however, almost without exception, the films are superb (and
several sport a welcome dark or supernatural twist).
[Perhaps the most likelt to contain 'real sex']
Bramadero (Mexico, 22 min): An abandoned construction site high above the bustle of Mexico City provides a location for two young men to perform a silent, prolonged mating ritual. A wordless and explicit, passionate and
violent, posthuman and sensual, communion between bodies.
Overall, a fantastic compilation, with eclectic originality and a strand of sci-fi / fantasy (which seems to be an emergent trend). A collection that will easily bear multiple viewings. Highly recommended for all.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong images of real sex for :
Boys on Film 6 is a 2011 release compilation of gay shorts
Uncut in the UK
Boys On Film goes down under to bring a fresh batch of funny and touching tales courtesy of our Aussie and Kiwi cousins, while from the USA and Hawaii to Singapore via Korea several more stories of men falling in love round out
Rising stars Xavier Samuel and Callan McAuliffe put their own twist on traditional coming out fables in Craig Boreham s second contribution to the Boys On Film library, Drowning and the Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear winner,
UK: Passed 18 uncut for brief strong real sex and one use of very strong language for :
Boys on Film X is a 2013 UK collection of gay shorts by Antony Hickling & Amaury Grisel...
With Jelle Florizoone and Thomas Coumans.
Uncut in the UK
BOYS ON FILM X is the tenth volume in the world's most successful short film series.
All boundaries are broken as BOYS ON FILM X takes it further than ever before, showcasing some of the most sexy, unique and brilliant filmmaking from around the world.
These eight new short films have been showcased in some of the world's biggest festivals including Frameline Film Festival, Iris Prize Film Festival, Outfest and the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real and fetish sex and very strong language for:
Boys On Film 13: Trick And Treat is a 2015 gay film by Leslie Bumgarner, Anna Nolskog...
Starring Jody Latham, Liam Boyle and Kavana.
The BBFC note that film contains a brief image of real sex for 2015 18 rated DVD.
Time for a trick & a treat! BOYS ON FILM surprises and delights with 10 new, award-winning short films, exploring relationships, dark desires and confronting hidden secrets.
An American teenager fantasises over his school bully, a miscommunication threatens to end an entire relationship, at the end of the world the desolate English countryside sets the scene for a group of men trying to cheat death, and an elderly woman
sees a vision of Jesus on the swimming shorts of a young African man.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for brief image of real sex, strong sex, drug use for:
2015 Peccadillo Pictures R2 DVD
at UK Amazon released on 13th July 2015
The Brown Bunny is a 2003 USA/Japan/France drama by Vincent Gallo.
With Vincent Gallo, Chloë Sevigny, Cheryl Tiegs.
Uncut in the UK and US
From IMDb. On 31 July 2004, a billboard of the film was put up on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. It depicted the infamous fellatio scene, cut off and blurred. Because of limited (but vocal) community outcry, the billboard was taken down on 5
Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy
Difficult to take seriously as drama, Vincent Gallo's strangled lonely-guy odyssey was a must-see for its extended Chloë Sevigny blow job
In 2008, the full uncut version of Caligula was resubmitted to the BBFC for DVD release. The passage of nearly 30 years had significantly diminished the film's impact and after careful consideration it was decided that it
could now be classified '18' uncut.
This decision accords with the BBFC Guidelines, which state that At '18', the BBFC's guideline concerns will not normally override the wish that adults should be free to chose their own entertainment, within the law.
Although there are scenes in Caligula that some people will find shocking, offensive or disgusting, the film does not contain any material that is illegal in terms of current UK law and nor does it contain any material that is
likely to give rise to harm for adults audiences, most of whom will be well aware of its controversial reputation.
The DVD version was classified '18' uncut with the consumer advice Contains strong violence, sexual violence and strong real sex.
Distributor Peccadillo Pictures is to give a theatrical release to Vice Media's hard-hitting documentary film Chemsex in the U.K. and Ireland in November.
Traversing a dark underworld of intravenous drug use and weekend-long sex parties, Chemsex tells the story of a group of men battling with HIV, drug addiction and finding acceptance in a changing world, and one health worker who has made
it his mission to save them.
The film, directed by Vice's Will Fairman and Max Gogarty, explores the lives and fortunes of a group of men actively taking part in the chemsex lifestyle, and those who have come out the other end and survived. With unprecedented access to chemsex
parties and the U.K. health service's only chemsex support clinic, 56 Dean Street in London, the film seeks to understand the complex issues at the heart of the story, exploring notions such as internalized shame.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, drug use for:
Contains several scenes showing real sexual activity and some fetish imagery.
The BBFC further commented in its Annual Report covering 2015:
The documentary Chemsex, about the practice of mixing sex and drugs on London's gay scene, features explicit images of real sex. This was a genuine exploration of its subject matter in which the brief explicit detail was illustrative of the
subject rather than serving any primary intention to arouse.
Chevalier is a 2015 Greece comedy by Athina Rachel Tsangari.
Starring Giannis Drakopoulos, Kostas Filippoglou and Yiorgos Kendros.
Uncut and 18 rated for cinema and home video.
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and
rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong nudity, sex references for:
In Chevalier six men enjoy a weekend away on a luxury boat. Whilst away, they jostle for bragging rights as they compete for the chevalier 203 a ring awarded to the most alpha male member of the group. The Board viewed a scene in which a man
stimulates himself to erection and then walks naked along the corridors of the boat inviting the others to admire and score his erect penis. Whilst the man's penis is clearly visible, the scene has no sexual element and is a sympathetic depiction
of a troubled individual acting erratically.
Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla is a 2013 Australia comedy drama by Stuart Simpson.
Starring Glenn Maynard, Kyrie Capri and Aston Elliot.
Passed 18 uncut for 2014 DVD with the not that it contains images of real sex.
Awkward ice cream van driver Warren Thompson's only respite from his drab existence comes in the form of gorgeous soapie star Katie George. Besotted with the young actress, Warren can't help but imagine what life would be like
with Katie at his side.
After suffering another in a long line of savage beatings from local thugs, Warren's fragile psyche cracks under the strain, and his infatuation with Katie turns into psychotic obsession. As the lines between reality and fiction blur, Warren's quest
to make Katie his will have catastrophic implications for all who populate his simple world.
Armed with terrific performances, rave reviews and a shocking climax that will leave you gasping, Stuart Simpson's CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY VANILLA is an unforgettable cracker of a film. Miss it at your own peril.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language, strong bloody violence, images of real sex for:
Despite the Night is a 2015 France / Canada drama by Philippe Grandrieux.
Starring Kristian Marr, Ariane Labed and Roxane Mesquida.
Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2017 DVD commenting that it contains 'strong real sex'.
English musician Lenz searches for his lover Madeleine, who has mysteriously disappeared, but tumbles into an amour fou with troubled, self-destructive Héléne. Grieving the loss of her infant son, Héléne seeks
oblivion in the murky subterranean world of a brutal sex ring, followed by Lenz. A stark, elliptical, hauntingly spectral narrative with scenes of sensual abandon and raw carnality.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexualised violence, strong real sex for:
Destricted 's roster of shorts varies from the international release, to the U.S. release, to what is screened at the festival: the U.S. version features eight short reels, all of which are explicit in nature; six short films, including some
not on the U.S. release; and seven shorts, a mix-up of the previous lists, appear on the U.K. version.
I bought this DVD and can safely say it is the most explicit thing I have ever seen passed with an 18 certificiate.
Seven artists have made a short film each based on art and pornography. Larry Clark's is the best - a 38 minute film where Larry interviews a group of boys about their pornography viewing habits, before selecting one to have sex on camera with a
porn star. Of the five girls, the young lad selects his favourite (the oldest woman there) and proceeds to live his dream as Larry films the event, warts and all.
Sync is good, as is Balkan Erotic, whilst Hoist and Gaspar Noe's segments are tough to watch, but never less than compelling.
Much more than exploitation, Destricted actually has a lot of validity in presenting its varied range of sexual imagery (is masturbation good?), and I'm sure it will become a huge talking point in weeks to cum...
Dishonoured Bodies: Juanma Carillo Shorts are gay dramas by Juanma Carillo.
Starring Juan Caballero, Saida Benzal and Domingo Fernández.
Passed 18 uncut for 2015 DVD with the BBFC noting brief real sex.
Nine sexy, shocking, and always intriguing films from Spain's most exciting queer filmmaker. Take an explicit trip through a cruising ground in the body of a curious guy, peek in to the bedroom of a couple as they discover
themselves and each other, take your place on the dance floor in a sexually charged club, or watch the aftermath of a casual hook up in the back of a car. These stories and more feature in this stirring collection- including Scaffolding, Fuckbuddies,
Consequence/Consequences, Wall, Une Sensation de vide, 1941, Dishonoured Bodies, Perfect Day and Cannibals, Juanma Carrillo's shorts have been shown at galleries and festivals around the world, including London's own Barbican.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, violence, brief real sex for:
The BBFC further commented in their 2010 Annual Report:
Includes two scenes of real sex. One is a clip taken from a real sex work and the other a portrayal of a brother and sister engaging in incestuous sex. In this case the surrounding narrative of a corrupted family gave
sufficient justification for these scenes at 18 .
2010 cinema release which was cancelled in favour of a shortened version
The BBFC commented: Contains hard drug use and strong real sex
The BBFC explained their 18 rating:
Enter the Void is a drama following the lives of a brother and sister living in contemporary Tokyo. The brother, Oscar, is a small-time drug dealer and his sister, Linda, works as an erotic dancer in a strip club. The
film was classified 18 for frequent hard drug use and strong real sex.
The film contains frequent sight of hard drug use, including the use of cocaine, LSD, GHB and DMT. At 18 , the BBFC's Guidelines state that cuts may be required to any detailed portrayal of [...] illegal drug use,
which may cause harm to public health . More generally, the Guidelines state that No work taken as a whole may promote the misuse of drugs and any detailed portrayal of drug misuse likely to promote or glamorise the activity may be cut .
Although Enter the Void places some emphasis on the pleasures of recreational drug use, most notably through extended sequences filmed from the point of view of the hallucinating drug user, the dangers of drug misuse are made clear throughout
the film, both in the dialogue and in the narrative itself. For example, one of the central characters is shot by police during a drugs raid and finds himself lying on the floor of a toilet cubicle, covered in his own blood. Such scenes serve to
reduce any glamorisation of the lifestyle depicted. Additionally, although various methods of drug use are shown, such as taking pills, smoking drugs and snorting lines, none of the material shown presents information that is likely to be novel or
instructional to an adult audience.
The film also contains several scenes of strong sexual activity and nudity, including sight of naked couples thrusting during sex, sight of implied fellatio and sight of erect penises. These scenes exceed the terms of the 15
Guidelines where Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail and are therefore more appropriately placed at 18 . In addition there are infrequent scenes of strong real sex, including sight of vaginal penetration by dildo and
by penis and sight of ejaculation. At 18 , the Guidelines state that cuts are likely where there are more explicit images of sexual activity which cannot be justified by context . The images in question are relatively brief and are not
dwelt upon. Their purpose is not to arouse or titillate the audience; rather, their purpose is to illustrate the hedonistic and often seedy world inhabited by many of the film's characters.
In addition, Enter the Void contains frequent strong language and two uses of very strong language. It also contains scenes of strong violence, some strong gory images (including sight of head wounds in the aftermath of
a car accident), strong verbal sex references and a scene depicting a pregnant woman undergoing an abortion procedure in a hospital or clinic. The latter scene in particular includes sight of surgical instruments being used on the woman and close
sight of the dead foetus lying in a metal dish, which some viewers may find disturbing. The film also includes occasional suggestions of an incestuous relationship, including inappropriate kissing between siblings and sight of a brother sniffing his
sister's discarded underwear. However, no incestuous sex is actually shown.
Enter the Void also includes a number of sequences of flashing and flickering lights that are likely to trigger a physical reaction in vulnerable viewers. It also contains extended sequences featuring rotating and
handheld camerawork that may induce motion sickness in some viewers.
The Erotic Films of Peter De Rome is a collection of eight short films that date from the early 1970s, some of which feature strong scenes of real sex. The work as a whole has artistic, cultural and historical merit and, in tone and treatment, is
distinguishable from a sex work.
Winner of the Erotic Film Society Award: A true artist
Presented by the Erotic Film Society in recognition of a significant contribution to the appreciation of the art and history of erotic cinema made during the past year.
In the late 1960s, Peter de Rome started documenting his eternal search for the perfect prick on Super 8 film. What began as a personal record, won a prize at the 1971 Wet Dreams festival in Amsterdam - where it proved as popular with women
as it was with gay men - leading to a feature-length compilation of his intimately explicit short films. This outstanding BFI DVD of his pioneering work includes not only that 1973 feature but also several extra shorts and a documentary which
firmly establishes de Rome's place as a true artist in the annals of erotic cinema.
From promotional material: Highly regarded gay art films
Amateur filmmaker Peter De Rome first started shooting 8mm films in 1965 producing a set of painstakingly crafted, atmospheric sexual scenarios for the amusement of himself and his friends. Pioneering producer Jack Deveau saw
one of these at a festival and convinced him to collect eight of the shorts, blow them up to 16mm, and release them commercially as The Erotic Films of Peter De Rome .
The eight short films in the cycle take the viewer on a charged sexual expedition which exists at the intersection of artistry and eroticism. Here, de Rome explores the full experience of intimacy the longing, the pursuit, the
passion, the afterglow, and in some cases, the aftermath. From humorous to sardonic, de Rome truly pushes the boundaries of filmmaking as his characters find themselves in surreal scenarios ranging from a wondrous garden to an underground subway.
The Erotic Films of Peter de Rome showcase some of the most highly regarded gay art films ever made.
Ex Drummer is one of the most twisted pictures I've seen in a long time. It's certainly a lot crazier and far more offensive than most would expect.
The film is about a small group of physically handicapped punk rockers who recruit an acclaimed writer to be their drummer in their band, with the hope of getting good enough to play a show at the battle of the bands. The
writer, however, begins to maniacally take over the band and begins to mentally turn them against each other.
Certainly one of the most disturbing films to come out of Europe in recent memory. In addition, the film also has a rather unnerving sense of in-your-face viciousness that you rarely see in films these days.
It's fearless, uncompromising, and in-your-face. It has a rather gritty and ugly style that makes it unwatchable for most audiences, I fear. The ending is particularly shocking in it's graphic gore.
The film also contains unsimulated sex, so definitely be wary if you're seriously considering watching this.
The film also has an emotional core to it believe it or not. I think that's the most impressive thing about it. It takes the time to get involved in some serious exposition that not only left me stunned and heartbroken, but
also shaken to the core.
I cannot say that you will enjoy watching it, but it's going to have an effect and if you are looking for a film that is challenging, emotional, shocking, and humorous in equal measure, this is your film. It's just like
watching Trainspotting for the first time, all over again.
The Exhibitionists is a 2012 USA thriller by Michael Melamedoff.
Starring Richard Short, Pepper Binkley and Ella Rae Peck.
Passed 18 uncut for 2016 VoD with the BBFC noting that it contains strong real sex.
Follow filmmaker Walter Todd over 36 deadly hours as he exploits his closest friends and family during a New Year's Eve party, exposing their darkest secrets and sexual perversions. The Exhibitionists is a pulpy exploration of the tipping point
between documentary and pornography.
The BBFC commented in its annual report covering 2016:
The Exhibitionists, a US drama from Amazon about a film-maker exposing the secret perversions of his closest friends, includes a scene in which images from porn websites are visible on a computer screen. These images include explicit oral sex and
Exposed is a 2013 USA comedy documentary by Beth B.
With Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser and James Habacker.
Beth B takes us into the 21st century underground and reveals a secret world where cutting-edge performers are taking hold of a taboo art form, Burlesque, and driving it to extremes that most people have never seen. It's satire.
It's parody. It's a populist blend of art and entertainment that gives new meaning to the word "transgression." Above all, it's a lot of fun, and it will blow your mind.
EXPOSED: BEYOND BURLESQUE features performances by Rose Wood, Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser, Dirty Martini, Bunny Love, Bambi the Mermaid, World Famous *Bob* & Tigger! These eight female and male artists use their nakedness to transport us beyond the
last sexual and social taboos.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong nudity and brief images of real sexual activity for:
2013 Matchbox Films R2 DVD
at UK Amazon released on 10th February 2014
Garcon Stupide (Stupid Boy) is an emotionally-packed punch. The film and it's lead character, Loic, had me hooked from the start. With the exception of a few slower scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to
finish. A few laughs, intense thought and emotion, and a few tears were generated from this well directed and acted film..
The story itself follows the plight of Loic, a young handsome 20-year old who works in a chocolate factory by day, and entertains men of all ages by night for extra cash. In the film, he has a close loving friendship with a
girl, Marie. He also develops a relationship of trust with a man he meets on the Internet, Lionel. The 2 never have sexual relations, just conversation about life.
This is overall, an exceptional film - very good acting, great soundtrack, unique camera angles and film styles, wonderful story, and well-directed.
Glue (Spanish, with English subtitles) is a film not easily forgotten. The cast is minimal, focusing largely on Lucas, our 16 year old protagonist, his best friend Nacho, and their age-mate Andrea. We are treated to a
glimpse into a few short weeks in the lives of these three characters, as they hang-out, flirt, sniff glue, and enjoy polymorphous physical intimacy in a dusty South American desert town.
But to categorize Glue as a coming-of-age film would be trite in the extreme. While there are many examples of what would be considered the usual adolescent angst (secretly comparing body development against that
of friends, awkward silences, parental conflict, watching porn on TV, the importance of music as a form of expression), the portrayal of youth in Glue is more iconoclastic; they are not simply going through a phase . There is no sense
that the characters will ultimately follow in the subservient footsteps of their parents: they are the last in the line; the contemporary, disenfranchised generation.
The three main characters - Lucas, Nacho and Andrea - are seen in various combinations of sexual interaction; but again, there is none of the typical sexual confusion that we usually see in a pro forma coming-of-age
film: they simply follow instinctual enjoyment of physical intimacy, unburdened by their forefathers' limiting preoccupation with gender role:
What's the difference between kissing a boy or a girl? Boys have beards. That's the only difference, otherwise it'd be the same thing...Why is it that boys don't cry?...Why are there 'girl's things' and 'boy's things'?
Clearly Glue will not be for everyone: those who find comfort in the simplicity of hard plot lines and linear story-telling, or the superficiality of good guys/bad guys scenarios, will struggle to see the cold,
desolate - yet captivating - beauty that provide Glue with it's enthralling, brilliant portrait of contemporary youth.
Company chose to remove examples of extended and explicit real sex in order to achieve an 18 classification, where that sex served no further educational or illustrative purpose beyond that already presented in a sexual
The BBFC passed the 2007 Alexander Institute DVD 18 after cuts noting: Contains strong real sex.
However the distributor made about 2:12s pre-cuts and the BBFC cut a further 1:46s with the comment: The distributor chose to make cuts to sexual detail (to clearly unsimulated penetration of vagina by penis and fingers,
masturbation). An R18 uncut was available.
This film won prizes at Outfest and some other festivals and was British, quite a rarity, so I made sure I checked it out.
I left the screening wanting to talk about the film, to discuss it with as many people as possible as it is nothing like I have ever seen before.
Some scenes are incredibly powerful and moving, and I wanted to know exactly which moments were real and which were staged. Nothing seemed staged at all and although Pete himself has approached this line of 'work' with a goal
to pull together enough finances to invest in an education and a better future, some of the other boys amongst his friends do not have this immediate sense of ambition. What happened to them?
This is what I thought was very brave about the film. It never at any point made a judgment. It was an intimate peek into the lifestyle of a rentboy and dashed any preconceived ideas that people have about the oldest profession
in the world. Pete is not that person you expect to see, but some of his friends are, yet they all look after one another. This is not Wiktor Grodecki, and anyone who watches this thinking that their Daily Mail high-ground will be bolstered by a
mucky, seedy voyeurism that condemns it's subject matter via subjectivity will not get what they want. There is care, love and affection here, alongside extremely raw moments of insecurity and depression simmering beneath that confident veneer you
see in many young men. There is no forced introspection. No moment where Pete must explain himself to camera. This is a film projected from within a society that does not judge itself and would never care to.
Greek Pete will divide audiences, but if you go in with an open mind, you will be stirred, jolted into action. It will make you think, and talk about it with others who have seen it. Any film that encourages intelligent debate should be seen, and
this is one of them.
He Loves Me is a 2018 Greece / UK gay drama by Konstantinos Menelaou.
Starring Thanos Lekkas, Hermes Pittakos and Sanuye Shoteka.
There are no censorship issues with this release.
What happens when two gay men in a disintegrating relationship leave the big city to spend some time alone, together in nature? Is it possible for nature to reveal the truth, their true essence and help them to change? Can these two wounded men;
traumatised, hurt, lost and desperate on a remote beach find a way back to innocence? Is there a way back to reality, back to love? Their relationship was formed against fear and loneliness. They fell in love, but they can't handle love. They've both
made mistakes, poisoning their relationship through secrets and lies. They suffer when together, but they can't be apart. Life in the big city hasn't been letting them breathe, think or feel - creating constant and never-ending problems. Are they both
ready for the next step?
The BBFC further explained in their 2010 Annual Report:
Hollywood, je t'aime is a romantic odyssey about a gay Parisian who travels to Hollywood and falls in love with a drag artist and transsexual prostitute. The film includes some images of strong real sex as the principal character walks
through a night club. These were allowable at '18' in that they established the seediness of the sex club setting.
The BBFC commented about a rare example of a hardcore image appearing in a non-documentary 15 rated film:
In one scene teenage boys look at a pornographic image and show it to a young girl. The image in question is only briefly seen and depicts a woman holding a man's erect penis. The young girl and the image are never shown
together and there is no suggestion the child actress was ever exposed to the image. Although graphic, the image has an important contextual justification in the narrative because when the young girl explains what she's seen, the audience is aware
that she's describing this image rather than a real life situation with her teacher.
Hustler White is a fictionalised study of male hustlers operating in Los Angeles.
Bruce La Bruce sure knows all about tragic Hollywood suicides. The sex scenes are certainly not as graphic as "regular" gay porno. What you imagine is much worse than what you actually see on screen. It's not as if
there are any close-up penetration shots. Perhaps the razor blade scene with the "Versace Model", made me cringe the most.
Not to be taken too seriously. Rent it even if you're not gay!
UK: Screened uncut without a BBFC certificate at the NFT
A further 6s was cut from the razor blade scene cut for the cinema version. 50s in total was cut from this scene.
The non explicit amputee sex scene implying penetration with a stump was cut by 24s and reduced to brief establishment only. The BBFC explained that it was hard to justify it on any but narrative grounds The spectacle of someone being sexually
penetrated by an amputee's stump is too brutish to be tolerable in a home-viewing medium.
As with the cinema release there were some brief scenes of unsimulated masturbation and real sex that were allowed to remain.
UK: Passed 18 after 44s of BBFC cuts for:
1996 cinema release
The BBFC cuts were:
There is a scene in which a client pays a hustler to burn him with cigarettes and then cut his back with a razor, attached to a small piece of wood. The BBFC cut 44s from this scene to remove all evidence of actual blood letting with razor.
There were some brief scenes of unsimulated masturbation and real sex that were allowed to remain.
I Am Yours is a 2013 Norway drama by Iram Haq.
Starring Amrita Acharia, Ola Rapace and Prince Singh.
It is not yet confirmed whether the brief explicit sexual images qualify for a listing on this page.
Mina is a young single mother living in Oslo with her 6 year old son Felix. She is a Norwegian Pakistani with a troublesome relationship with her family. Mina is constantly looking for love and has relations to different men, however none of the
relationships bearing any hope of lasting very long. So when Mina meets Jesper, a Swedish film director, she falls head over heals in love.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for brief explicit sexual images for:
The BBFC passed the 2008 TLA DVD uncut 18: [The film] contains explicit images of real sex. However, the nonpornographic nature of the work and the similarity of the sexual content to that in other works that have been passed
at '18' enabled it to be passed uncut for adults.
I Dreamt Under the Water' (French, with English subtitles) is a sombre portrayal of human misery in a contemporary inner city environment. Antonin, lives with his mother, who is still reeling from an unpleasant divorce, in a
situation of some poverty. He plays guitar in a band, and has an unrequited crush on the band leader, and his best friend, Alex. When Alex dies of a heroin overdose, Antonin is stricken over his loss, and spirals into an underbelly of Parisian life
of drugs and anonymous sex. He meets a woman, Juliette, and has a second-chance to save the life of someone he loves.
The dark lighting, underground clubs and grimy alleyways all serve to complement the film's bleak ambiance, which offers little hope for redemption. The sex scenes are passionless, explicit, and unsimulated. The most memorable feature is the
performance given by Hubert Benhamdine (Antonin), who beautifully depicts the mental torment suffered by Antonin after Alex's death.
The film suffers somewhat after the first half, becoming quite slow-moving following the entry of Juliette. More seriously, 'I Dreamt Under the Water' offers little thematically that is new or original. If you can find a copy, 'Fogi is a Bastard'
deals exquisitely with similar issues in a much more intense manner.
Overall, 'I Dreamt Under the Water' is worth a watch - if only for Hubert Benhamdine's performance and the superb music soundtrack - though it is doubtful whether it would rate a second-viewing.
I Want Your Love is a 2012 USA gay drama by Travis Mathews.
With Jesse Metzger, Brontez Purnell, Ben Jasper.
Uncut. The BBFC notes strong real sex. Banned from film festival showings by the Australian Censorship Board in 2013
Summary Notes: Not a lot of plot
After a decade of living in San Francisco, Jesse is forced to move back to his Midwestern roots because he can no longer afford the city. On his final night in the city, friends and ex-lovers gather for a going away party that promises to heighten
Jesse's already bittersweet feelings about leaving.
The BBFC commented in the annual report covering 2013:
I Want Your Love is a US drama about a man who is forced to leave San Francisco because he can no longer afford to live there. There are a number of scenes in which men engage in real sex, including masturbation, fellatio and ejaculation. Although
some of the sexual acts are presented explicitly, the film is a relationship drama and not one where the primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation.
The Idiots is a 1998 Danish comedy by Lars Von Trier. With Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus and Anne Louise Hassing.
Uncut in the UK. Real sex was censored in the US R rated version with black bars
Summary Review : Actual Intercourse
The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the inner idiot in themselves.
Shot with handheld digital cameras and using natural lighting and natural locations, THE IDIOTS possesses an urgency that makes it feel like a documentary. Von Trier sparked a heated controversy with his decision to film the sex scenes with actual
intercourse, adhering to the Dogme tenets. (He hired porn actors for the close-ups.) This controversy aside, the film nonetheless raises questions about cultism, modern ethics, and the idea of individuality within the absurdity of the characters'
Stoffer is the leader of the group and he orders a gang bang to take place for his birthday -- here is where we have our unsimulated sex. There are shots of sexual penetration and group sex. There is an erect willy in a shower scene.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for for coarse language and strong sexual detail:
The 2008 cinema release and the 2009 Trinity DVD were passed 18 uncut with the BBFC advice: Contains strong real sex and very strong language
The BBFC further explained:
Import Export is a subtitled feature film from Austrian director Ulrich Seidl. It tells two parallel stories, one concerning a nurse who moves from Ukraine to Austria in search of a better life and the second concerning
an unemployed security guard who travels from Austria to the East in order to sell goods. The BBFC classified the film '18' for strong real sex and very strong language.
The very strong language in the film is reasonably frequent and is used within a sexual context. The film also contains frequent use of strong language throughout. The current BBFC '15' Guidelines regarding bad language state that 'there may be
frequent use of strong language (eg 'fuck'). But the strongest terms (eg 'cunt') will be acceptable only where justified by the context. Continued aggressive use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. The frequency and context of
the very strong language prevented the work from being classified at '15'.
The strong real sex occurs within two scenes – both of which contain explicit sexual images that are usually reserved for 'R18' category. However, the BBFC's '18' Guidelines make allowance for works containing explicit images of sexual activity that
'can be exceptionally justified by context', provided that 'the work is not a 'sex work''. The first scene featuring the main female character Olga, takes place in a tower block apartment in which an internet porn site is being run, connected to a
number of rooms full of webcams and monitors. In each room is a woman performing solo sexual poses and acts for the gratification for paying online viewers; in one shot these include explicit images of digital penetration that are both reasonably
clear, yet in the background of the shot on a computer monitor. The scene is designed to confront the audience with the grimness of the limited job and survival opportunities offered to Olga if she stays in Ukraine. The look and tone of the scene is
deliberately cold, un-erotic and ultimately not pornographic in nature.
The second sex scene features another main character Michael, humiliating a prostitute in a hotel room to impress and bond with his stepson Pauli. The scene centres on Michael's attempt to exert his masculinity and wealth and results in the
prostitute performing oral sex on him. However, although we see the prostitute performing the act, throughout the scene Michael is unable to achieve an erection. In this case it was felt that the focus of the scene was very much on Michael's
impotence and the fact that the money and power he has holds no relevance to his misconceived ideas of masculinity. The scene has little erotic charge and is justifiable in terms of both the unfolding narrative and the power dynamic between father
In Their Room: London, Berlin, San Francisco is a gay documentary video by Travis Mathews.
Starring Ginno Castro, Kevin Langson and Eli Magid.
An intimate and erotic film about gay men alone in their bedrooms.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, strong sex references for:
2014 Peccadillo Pictures R2 DVD
at UK Amazon released on 8th December 2014
There are no censorship issues with this release
The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 2014:
Strong images of real sex appeared in documentary films in 2014. In Their Room: London, Berlin, San Francisco features interviews with men as they frankly discuss their relationships, sex lives and emotions. There is explicit sight of masturbation,
oral sex, penetration of the anus, and ejaculate on a man's hand and stomach. Although there are a number of these moments, the primary intention of the documentary is neither sexual arousal nor stimulation and the BBFC consequently classified the
work 18 without cuts.
This is a documentary about Deep Throat, not the classic film itself. However t he UK release does contain a key 15 second hardcore sequence from the original oral sex scene in Deep Throat
Summary Review: Insightful
All I can say is wow, this was a great documentary. Because of the subject matter it isn't for everyone, and the fact that it has an actual X-rated scene in it doesn't help either. But if you can get past that, this is an
insightful, fascinating look at adult films and our society. And there is a lot of humor in it as well.
I wasn't surprised that several people in the audience walked out, since even I didn't realize how graphic the language/visuals would be. Showing how Deep Throat brought the "BJ" into the mainstream of adult films was
interesting, and the interviews with the people actually making porn were very insightful.
The BBFC commented in the annual report covering 2013:
Interior. Leather Bar. is an experimental documentary submitted for DVD release that seeks to reconstruct and illustrate content that was deleted from Cruising, the 1980 fi lm directed by William Friedkin. It is classified 18 for sequences which
take place in a sadomasochism themed gay club, which include sight of unsimulated fellatio and masturbation, illustrating the type of content that was censored from the fi lm in the United States.
Summary Review : Beautiful, sensitive erotic story
A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk.
I think this is an extra-ordinary cameo of a brief sexual affair between two strangers. If the sex scenes are controversial then I think it's because they are natural and realistic, contrasting with stylised sex in mainstream films. This is a
beautiful, sensitive erotic story.
It is widely believed that the scenes of sexual intercourse between Rylance and Fox were unsimulated but they are in fact fake (though they look pretty realistic). The unsimulated sex comes with shots of fellatio occurring between the pair, the blow
jobs were not faked!
The BBFC passed the Nucleus Films DVD uncut in 2009. The BBFC consumer advice reads: Contains strong sex and nudity and infrequent real sex
The BBFC added in their 2009 Annual Report: Les Nuites Chaudes de Justine was a 1976 French sex romp that includes brief scenes of explicit sexual activity. It was passed uncut at 18 . Although the work includes
elements of titillation, the Board was satisfied that its primary purpose was to entertain and amuse and, as it was not a sex work, there was no justification for applying the additional restrictions of R18 for adult audiences.
The World DVD premiere of another kinky classic from the director of the best-selling Education Anglaise and Dressage!
Mik Farez (Philippe Gasté) is an out of work "serious" film director. A sleazy producer with a mirrored floor and a naughty and knickerless secretary offers him the chance to direct a new movie, but he's told that it must be a sex
film. With just one evening to come up a script, Mik is bereft of ideas. However, following a steamy sex session with his willing wife, the kinky couple dream up all manner of sexy scenarios for the movie. These are portrayed as a series of erotic
and often amusing vignettes, each of which revolves around a cute young girl in black stockings called Justine, whom they have recently seen performing in a nude ballet...
This erotic extravaganza features nuns, mermaids, confessions, virgins, stockings, an ape, Henry Kissinger (!) and copious amounts of sex – some of it artistic, and some of it very real.
Those who go in blind will be very surprised to find that there's sex sequences in this '18' certificate which actually deliver on their promise and show you penetration. Yep, when one of our hungry girls decides to munch on a
human bratwurst, she really does put it in her mouth! Nerves must have set in during filming, as at least one guy has—what Russ Meyer once called—a 'limber burrito', or what John Waters would describe as a 'Hollywood loaf', but there are instances
of oral sex for all to see. To get this into an '18' rated movie was not easy, as it was 'touch and go' with the BBFC, and we doff our (Dutch?) caps to Marc Morris for being able to get Justine's Hot Nights though unscathed in the UK.
Kink is a 2013 USA biography by Christina Voros.
Starring Peter Acworth, Van Darkholme and Princess Donna.
Uncut in the UK and US.
Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of Kink.com, the Internet's largest producer of BDSM content. In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out
of public view, Kink.com's directors and models strive for authenticity. In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, Kink.com upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to
demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community. In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of
intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for real sex, strong nudity, fetish theme for:
La Noche is a 2016 Argentina drama by Eduardo Castro.
Starring Edgardo Castro, Federico Figari and Paula Ituriza.
Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2016 DVD wit the note that it contains real sex.
The director travels the night in order to lead an endless marathon of sexual encounters, drug-taking, alcohol and casual friendships and finally finding the difference in the incessant flow of a routine that works as rebuttal
and conjuring of ordinary life. Castro's images give out an aura of unsuspected truth and beauty and assault the viewer with a strength that most films put aside, perhaps out of modesty, or maybe for lack of courage. The camera glued to the body,
out-of-focus shots and ambient sound shape an impious journey whose destination could be the brief encounter with one's own ghosts, without no epiphanies or moral commentary.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, drug misuse for:
Language of Love is a 1969 Sweden documentary drama by Torgny Wickman.
Starring Inge Hegeler, Sten Hegeler and Maj-Brith Bergström-Walan.
Banned by the BBFC form 1970 cinema release but passed X, apparently uncut, for 1973 cinema release. 18 rated on 1988 VHS and 2008 DVD.
A modern advanced film about sexual education an behaviour based on the clinical research made by famous American and Swedish doctors. The film centres around a panel; Inge and Sten Hegeler, Maj-Brith Bergstroem-Walan and Sture Cullhed, all well
known, reputable experts, who have devoted their scientific studies to the various fields of sexual life.
The content is dated and not what I call erotic. It is about old duffers talking about sex. not recommended for viewing.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for real sex for:
2008 Revelation Films video
It is not clear what is meant by real sex. Reviewers haven't mentioned anything notably hardcore so perhaps something to do with text book scientific detail. UK: Passed X (18) without BBFC cuts for:
The Last Woman is a 1976 Italy/France drama by Marco Ferreri.
With Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti and Michel Piccoli.
UK: Passed X uncut for:
1976 cinema release
Thanks to Gary:
There are two or three shots of Gerard Depardieu with an erection, plus a giant close-up of a (detumescent) penis before Depardieu's character cuts off his own with an electric carving knife - all passed uncut by the BBFC!
Leap Year is a subtitled Spanish language drama about a Mexican woman who embarks on a sadomasochistic sexual relationship. The film was classified 18 and contains scenes of strong sadomasochistic sex.
The film is an exploration of a character's psychological condition, although much of her history remains untold and mysterious. The woman is shown to engage in empty sexual encounters which seem only to reinforce her apparent
loneliness. Although these scenes of sexual activity are strong they are lacking in the detail of sex and fall within what is permitted by the BBFC's Guidelines at 15 which state that Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail
The portrayal of the sadomasochistic sex in which the woman engages with one man she meets, and which represents the most enduring of her relationships, is however stronger in tone and detail. These scenes include asphyxiative
sex, a cigarette being stubbed out on her body, a knife being played over her body, and the woman being urinated on by the man as she masturbates. There are also explicit images of the woman masturbating the man during a scene in which she proposes
to him an ultimate thrill he might experience with her. Although these scenes are strong and require restriction to the 18 classification, in this serious dramatic context the material is not harmful for adults and there is no
likelihood that the urination onto the woman would be in breach of the Obscene Publications Act 1959.
The film also contains strong language and verbal references to sexual behaviour.
Vanity Fair: And what about directing the un-choreographed/un-simulated sex scenes?
Gaspar Noé: Who said they were choreographed, un-choreographed, simulated or un-simulated?! We did a movie about a precise subject and we all simply wanted the love scenes to seem real so the audience could relate to their own life experiences
. . . and hopefully the images do. How they were shot--tricked or not--isn't an issue.
UK: 2D and 3D versions passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, very strong language for:
The Lovers' Guide: Igniting Desire is a sex education work that provides information and advice on sexual techniques and relationships. The film was classified 18 for strong real sex.
This is the latest in a series of sex education works and is characterised by a continuous narration that covers aspects of sexual relationships and techniques, and is illustrated by various couples putting them into practise.
Each of these individually short scenes contains full male and female nudity and strong sexual activity with some explicit images of, for example, real oral and penetrative sex.
The BBFC's Guidelines in respect of sex education at 18 state, Where sex material genuinely seeks to inform and educate in matters such as human sexuality, safer sex and health, explicit images of sexual activity may
be permitted . In the case of The Lovers' Guide: Igniting Desire , the explicit images of sexual activity fall within a genuine educational context and are allowable at 18 under the Guidelines for sex education.
The BBFC commented in its annual report covering 2016:
Strong images of real sex also appear in the documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, about the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe whose sometimes controversial images blur the line between art and pornography.
The documentary is an explorations of their subject matter in which the explicit detail is illustrative of the subject rather than serving any primary intention to arouse.
Mario is a 2018 Switzerland romance by Marcel Gisler.
Starring Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras and Jessy Moravec.
Passed 18 uncut for cinema release in 2018 but the follow up DVD was cut for a 15 rating.
-Mario is in love for the first time in his life, really a crush. In Leon, the new from Germany. Although he plays at the front of the storm and could even be dangerous when it comes to those who can rise into the first team. But Mario may not think
over it now. He wants Leon to feel, smell, in its proximity. The others in the club remains not hidden and soon make first rumors. Mario sees his career as a professional footballer in danger, but wants Leon not to lose at the same time at any price.
He must make a decision.
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 15 for strong sex references, sex, language without further BBFC cuts:
It's noticeable that the most explicit, hardcore sex we see is between men (projected on a screen), while the lesbian sex is more toned down. That in itself manages to be both a seeming screw you to women and a screw you to
heterosexual men, while placed within a movie that otherwise seems so unlikely to appeal to the typical gay male viewer.
THE MISANDRISTS refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. The group is led by Big Mother (Susanne Sachsse), who operates a
school for wayward girls in the countryside as a front for a radical terroristic cell. When a young man, a radical leftist, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female stronghold, one of the girls takes pity on him and hides him in
the basement. His presence eventually disrupts the household and reveals a number of unexpected secrets, as the film moves towards its climax: the revelation of a new style of lesbian porn that is to be used as both propaganda tool and calling card
for their new brand of female revolution.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, graphic medical footage for:
Michael H - Profession: Director is a 2013 Austria/France biography by Yves Montmayeur.
With Juliette Binoche, Béatrice Dalle and Michael Haneke.
Uncut in the UK and US
In 25 years, Michael Haneke established himself as one of the most important directors in cinema history. From his early work to AMOUR, he created a unique universe, revealing like no other the dregs of our society, or existential fears and emotional
outbursts. Through the vision of his actors and previously unseen footages, MICHAEL H. depicts the work of a rare artist.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and explicit images of sex for:
Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography is a 1981 Canada documentary by Bonnie Sherr Klein.
With Linda Lee Tracey, Bonnie Sherr Klein and Suze Randall.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. Not released on UK video
Feminist anti-porn documentary that features many real sex examples of what the makers would like to see banned
UK: Passed X after BBFC cuts for:
1982 cinema release
Thanks to Gary. Feminist anti-porn documentary that features many examples of what the makers would like to see banned. It was cut by the BBFC for a brief scene involving a child spectator, but several examples of hardcore scenes were left uncut
The BBFC cut was:
Reel 3 - Remove brief scene without sound in which a man holds his erect penis in front of a child.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the prestigious Berlin Film Festival will play host to the world premiere of to the director's cut version of Nymphomaniac: Volume 1.
The initially reported plan was Nymphomaniac would be cut in two versions. One would be a (digitally faked) hardcore version The other would be a tamer version. However, Joe's odyssey of sexual adventure ballooned into a running time of over
four hours, and from there talk switched from two versions of one film to two volumes divided by chapters.
Von Trier's cut clocked in at over five and a half hours long. From there, producers were looking to trim Nymphomaniac to four hours, and then split that running time in half for Volumes 1 & 2 . This trimmed producer's cut is what is expected to
debut in Denmark on Christmas Day.
The Wall Street Journal reports that In general, apart from scenes with oral sex, the onscreen activity is not as graphic as in adult fare (In addition, unlike in real porn, body doubles are used). Also, the film often portrays sex as a mechanical,
unemotional act. Von Trier seems to want to show that appetite for sex is human, but that it also sometimes makes humans act inhuman.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, very strong language for:
2015 Artificial Eye [Part 1 + Part 2 Director's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray
at UK Amazon released on 11th May 2015
2015 Artificial Eye [Part 1 + Part 2 Director's Cut] R2 DVD
at UK Amazon released on 11th May 2015
Did we really need more? Did we really need to see a graphic self-abortion, male genitals in all manner of pre/post sexual release? Did we need more conversations between Joe and Seligman?
After viewing Lars Von Trier's director's cut of Nyphomaniac, packing in at least 40 more minutes of provocative button pushing, the answer is an enthusiastic Yes!
In the new cut, there is more of the father figure, we can see how the rest of Joe's life becomes predatory and predestined. We also get more explicit looks at the character's early travails. The train tryst before offers up some hardcore results
now. And then there is the abortion. It's graphic. It's gross. It's gruesome. But it's also a necessary part of Joe's past.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for strong real sex and very strong language for:
2014 Artificial Eye [The Lars von Trier Collection] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
2014 Artificial Eye [The Lars von Trier Collection] R2 DVD
at UK Amazon
Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 and Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 both include explicitly presented scenes of unsimulated sex, including oral sex and penetration of the vagina. In the second of the two films there were also scenes of sadomasochistic activity, including
heavy whipping to a woman's buttocks.
I have long been a devoted admirer of Bruce LaBruce's work, and for me, OTTO is unquestionably his finest piece yet. That said, this film is absolutely *not* going to appeal to everyone.
In a film-within-a-film, Medea Yarn is making an indie political-gay-zombie movie, with the aid of her girlfriend, Hella Bent, and her brother Adolf. The setting: the not-too-distant future, where the undead are commonplace,
and, in particular, the homophile undead.
Otto, a young zombie, is subliminally drawn to Berlin, and onto the set of Medea's movie, where he is quickly cast into a lead role... though the cast don't believe that he is a real zombie, and think he's just living
the role. Otto has flashbacks to his life before he joined the ranks of the undead, but can't remember how or why it happened ( I was a zombie with an identity crisis ). He is isolated, persecuted, lonely, displaced, shunned even by
conformist-gays... and has come to the anonymity of the city for refuge. He is housed by one of the other cast members, Fritz, who is evidently attracted to him. Will Otto find love, sanctuary... assimilation?
At the level of the image, the viewer may find enough (highly-explicit) male/male action, and gory entrails-eating (you'll need a strong stomach), to keep him/her watching... though ultimate satisfaction will perhaps be
elusive, since there will be no final resolution ; and the boy-meets-zombie, boy-and-zombie-fall-in-love, boy-loses-zombie, boy-finds-zombie, story arcs do not play out as expected.
Paradise Faith is a 2012 Austria/Germany/France drama by Ulrich Seidl.
With Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh and Natalya Baranova.
Real sex is left uncut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD
In this second instalment, Ulrich Seidl explores what it means to carry the cross. For Anna Maria, a single woman in her fifties (and sister of PARADISE: LOVE's Teresa), paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her summer vacation to doing missionary
work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. When her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes
home after years of absence, her life is turned upside down. FAITH recounts the stations of the cross of a marriage and the longing for love.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex for:
2013 Soda Pictures R2 DVD
at UK Amazon released on 30th September 2013
The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 2013:
Paradise Faith is a German drama, the second film in a trilogy, which follows a middle-aged Catholic woman who spends her holiday attempting to convert people. There is a scene in which the woman encounters a group of people having sex in a park at
night. Brief sight of erections, masturbation and fellatio are seen at a distance in the semi-darkness. These scenes require an 18 classification, but are permissible at that level, in context.
The BBFC commented in its annual report covering 2016:
The documentary Peter de Rome, explores the life and films of the pioneer of gay erotic cinema, and also features explicit images of real sex. Numerous clips from de Rome's films are featured and include images of real masturbation, oral sex and
ejaculation. The documentary is an explorations of their subject matter in which the explicit detail is illustrative of the subject rather than serving any primary intention to arouse.
More remarkable still is a scene towards the beginning of the film in which Erika visits a pornographic film viewing booth. Early in the film, we see Erika aggressively enter the space of a porn arcade. She goes into a video
booth, whereupon there follows a seven-second shot of a split-screen monitor showing four separate image tracks: each a clip from a generic hardcore porn film. The film cuts back to Erika as she selects an image, then back to the selected porn film on
the monitor. The pornographic image track recurs on the cinematic screen twice more, as the film continues to intercut between the diegetic screen and Erika watching it. The camera then lingers on Erika as she reaches into a waste-paper basket and
pulls from it the tissues used by a previous occupant to wipe up his ejaculate. She inhales the tissue deeply while watching the film, her face impassive, her very reaction an inversion of the excesses of masturbation.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong language, violence, sexual violence, sex and sado-masochism theme for:
Pink Narcissus is a 1971 USA gay drama by James Bidgood (as Anonymous).
Starring Don Brooks, Bobby Kendall and Charles Ludlam.
Uncut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHs in 1992 and DVD in 2000. Contains real sex.
Considered lost for many years, Pink Narcissus is an astounding discovery - an unwavering celebration of the male body within a fantasy world of epic indulgence.
This is a breathtaking and outrageous erotic poem focussing on the daydreams of a beautiful boy prostitute who, from the seclusion of his ultra-kitsch apartment, conceives a series of interlinked narcissistic fantasies populated by matadors, dancing
boys, slaves and leather-clad bikers.
The film was shrouded in mystery following its 1971 release, its creator credited only as Anonymous , before being rediscovered and revealed as the work of artist and photographer James Bidgood. Its cult status endures as does adoration for its
star, the gorgeous and enigmatic Bobby Kendall.
With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.
Pola X is a 1999 France/Switzerland/Germany/Japan drama romance by Leos Carax.
With Guillaume Depardieu, Yekaterina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve.
Summary Review: Downward Spiral
A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancee
Pola X gained infamy world wide for its unsimulated sex acts between Guillaume Depardieu (Pierre) and Yekaterina Golubeva (Isabelle). Although body stand ins were used for the most explicit parts. The graphic sex is used to drive home the self
destructive nature of the love affair between Isabelle and Pierre.
You may or may not like it depending on your tolerance for arty French films.
Now in his late-fifties/early-sixties Jean-Pierre Leaud is still a fine actor who hits all the right notes in his performance as an aging pornographer. Leaud plays Jacques, a pornographer that had a slew of hits in the
seventies but has retired. He now has a wife and an adult son he rarely speaks too, but decides to return to making movies.
Problem is, porn has changed since Jacques was making it and he's not able to make it the way he wants it too. As his world falls apart around him, Jacques begins to re-examine himself and, in the process, begins to lose his
The movie is actually a really good character study, although it sometimes takes itself to seriously. The movie has probably got more attention for it's graphic sex scene than anything else. This scene (which occurs about 30
minutes into the movie) is graphic...But it's not. You see more of the guy than you do of the girl, in fact you really don't see anything of the girl. It is, technically, graphic...But.
A lot of the reviewers on here say the movie is dull. I didn't find it dull; I actually found it pretty interesting and thought provoking. It's no masterpiece, it's not in a league with masterpieces, it's not even the best look
at the world of pornography, but it's definitely an underrated film.
The BBFC cut 12s for an 18 rating for:
2002 Tartan R2 DVD
2002 cinema release
The BBFC commented: Sight of man ejaculating on woman's face removed. Contains explicit images of real sex.
Fernando Leon De Aranoa latest offering Princesas is a slice-of-life film experience, strongly empowered by it's two charismatic leads, Candela Pena and Micaela Nevarez.
Caye ( Pena ) is a prostitute working on the streets of Madrid . Seemingly unapologetic about the reasons that led her to this profession , she's a pessimistic creature , weary and doubtful about her chances of happiness . Best
time of the day is with other fellow collegues hanging out at a beauty salon a friend owns . Worst time of the day ( or week or month...) is at the family dinner with her mother and brother with whom she has no real communication to speak of .
Zulema is a dominican statuesque beauty working too on the streets of the spanish capital , with no papers to feel any security for herself . She has a little boy back in home to whom she sends most of the money that she earns .
Aranoa choses an earthy , unpolished aproach to his material . The girls' grim reality is something the director doesn't shy away from . Still , there is a sweetness in the film - life is a bittersweet mystery afterall .
Candela Pena has been a key supporting figure in many great spanish films during the last decade . Here , in one of her few leading roles , she's exceptional , her traumatised gaze displaying all the vulnerability and compation
of her struggling character . Along with graceful newcomer Nevarez ,they create one of most believable pair of friends ive ever seen on screen . Finally , special credit must be given to Manu Chao's music colouring the film - his songs about all the
poor lost souls of this earth meet a perfect match with this movie's social sensibilities.
Une collection particulière is a 1973 France documentary short film by Walerian Borowczyk.
Starring André Pieyre de Mandiargues.
The pre-cut Theatrical Version was banned by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release although further cuts qualified it for an X rating later in the same year. The Theatrical Version censors real sex via masking by the narrator's carefully placed finger. The
uncut Oberhausen Cut reveals what's behind the masking, but real bestiality has proved too much for modern day censors and so has been cut from recent German and 2014 UK releases.
A witty and eye-opening tour through Borowczyk's own collection of vintage erotica. Originally intended as part of his 'Contes immoraux', it was released first as a separate short, and is therefore marks the turning-point between Borowczyk's career as
a highly-regarded animator and surrealist filmmaker, and his subsequent career in the sexploitation field.
The Oberhausen Cut
UK: A pre-cut version of The Oberhausen Cut was passed 18 for strong sex, sexual violence, explicit sexual images without further BBFC cuts for:
The Theatrical cut and Oberhausen cut were both passed in 2014 as components of The Short Films directed by Walerian Borowczyk and included as extras on the Arrow dual-format release of Immoral Tales . See further details about the
review from film.thedigitalfix.com
In the theatrical cut, when we see some vintage erotic photographs, the film's narrator André Pieyre de Mandiargues' finger obscures some of the more explicit details, which include images of penetration, but these are uncovered in the Oberhausen
The main difference is towards the end when a children's cartoon is intercut with footage from the turn of the twentieth century depicting genuine bestality between a woman and a dog. This was pixelated in the German Blu-ray edition of Immoral
Tales and replaced by a black screen in Arrow's edition, so as to comply with the laws concerning extreme pornography .
A dramatised documentary about prostitution in late 70s/early 80s Britain, was originally passed X on film in 1980, with cuts to explicit sight of a man being masturbated while visiting a massage parlour. It is a
bleak scene with no particular sexual charge. Under current Guidelines, this illustration of the unglamorous reality of the sex trade could now be passed uncut for DVD release at 18.
Promotional material: Fully Uncut
Tony Garnett, one of British television's most critically acclaimed figures, has been responsible for producing some of the most radical and controversial UK drama, and is associated with ground-breaking directors such as Ken
His directorial debut, Prostitute, is the tale of two women - Sandra (Eleanor Forsythe), an ambitious but nai ve Birmingham working girl who moves to London with the hopes of securing wealthier patrons, and Louise (Kate
Crutchley) her social worker friend who is fighting to change the antiquated and hypocritical prostitution laws. As both strive to achieve their goals, a cold dose of reality dashes their hopes, and the built-in biases against women in society are
unmasked. This frank and controversial expose' is finally presented here fully uncut and uncensored.
PUFFBALL is a drama that explores in a supernatural setting the determined desires of two different woman - one who wishes to have a child; and the other who considers abortion when she finds herself pregnant - and how these
desires come into conflict.
It was passed '18' uncut for images of strong real sex.
In this work, there are a number of clear images of real sex. They occur during scenes of consensual sexual activity between adults. In each case of sexual activity, the couples remain clothed although a woman's breasts and a man's buttocks are
exposed on one occasion. The images show in extreme close-up: sperm exploding inside the vaginal canal, a condom-covered penis as it withdraws from inside the vaginal canal, sperm shooting up inside the vaginal canal and sperm dispersing inside the
vaginal canal. The key point is that these images are filmed inside the vaginal canal and are similar to images seen in documentaries or scientific features. These images can only be obtained by using a special microscopic camera inserted under
medical supervision inside a woman's body, usually for medical investigative / documentary purpose. Although startling - because unexpected - each image is brief. The exceptional contextual justification is that they serve to suggest either that the
condom has been ineffective or that witchcraft has rendered the condom useless. In a broader context, the images support the narrative which is concerned with a woman's fertility, the obsessive desire to have a child, conception and the superstition
surrounding these matters. There are two further real sex images. They also occur during consensual sexual activity. These show in extreme close-up, images of a penis penetrating the vagina, externally. Despite being washed in a green tinge to
suggest night vision, the images are clear and are no different from explicit sex images found in 'R18' sex works. However, they are brief; and are justified by the broader context of the narrative already mentioned earlier. Their purpose here is
not to arouse but to add a graphic dimension to the scene while exploring the links between sex and relationships.
In all the scenes of sexual activity, the couples remain clothed - apart from one scene when a woman's breasts and a man's buttocks are exposed. The sexual activity is conveyed by the mechanics of sexual positioning and thrusts, and ecstatic gasps,
and enhanced by the brief images of real sex already mentioned. There is also one brief scene of masturbation which is impressionistic.
In a social context deteriorated by a countrywide economic crisis, the life of several people will be turned upside down after they meet Cecile, a character who symbolizes desire.
Beautiful scenery, quaint little French cafes, beautiful countryside. HOWEVER, the movie takes a twist and turn and the explicit sex scenes are what we would see in a pornographic movie. They don't really add much to the context of the story but
the main character will excite some.
This really does what it sets out to do, ie it is sexy and erotic, fun and moving. it all works so well because Deborah Revy is magically flirtatious and manages to change the lives of all around her. Brilliant.
The BBFC cut Peccadillo Pictures DVD in 2004 with the following explanation: Distributor chose to remove clear and explicit images of sexual activity which could not be exceptionally justified by their context (some explicit
images allowed to remain). An uncut R18 was available.
I saw this film in Greece, and I'm sure that the American version is probably a little softer than the European (original cut). But I'm not too sure. This film is fantastic! I cant stress that enough. the cinematography... and
just the overall satirical and witty premise of the film is worth watching. I think I'm going to make a t-shirt that says: "Masturbation is Counter-Revolutionary!" This movie is so smart...
It's refreshing to see that the BBFC has allowed the clips that illustrate it to be passed through uncut. There's nothing too extreme (certainly when compared to films that have been released over the past few years), but certainly more than we
were used to seeing in the so-called hard core releases back in the day.
Although the BBFC passed the film uncut for British cinemas, they required 1 second to be removed from the video version. The cut to the UK video and DVD versions removed a brief close-up of a man ejaculating onto a woman's stomach. This occurs
at the end of a fantasy brothel sequence, and is followed by a jump-cut to a similar shot of ultra-sound gel being squirted onto Caroline Trousselard's stomach. Without the first shot, however, the effect is lost in the UK version.
Scumbag is a 2017 USA comedy drama by Mars Roberge.
Starring Princess Frank, Debra Haden and Nick Zedd.
The BBFC notes brief explicit images.
A young wannabe-superstar DJ, Phil, takes on a day job at a telemarketing company, working with crazy people, ex-prisoners, drug addicts and murderers. The time on his life begins to tick as he battles addiction, fights the law and tries to maintain
the only sane thing left in his life, his girlfriend, Christine.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, drug misuse, brief explicit images for:
Sebastiane is a 1976 UK romance by Paul Humfress and Derek Jarman.
Starring Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James and Neil Kennedy.
The film includes an erect penis in such away that it stays hidden for some screen ratios, most notably that shown to the BBFC. The hidden material stayed hidden for VHS but reappeared for 2014 cinema release and 2018 Blu-ray.
300 A.D. : the Roman Sebastianus is exiled to a remote outpost populated exclusively by men. Weakened by their desires, these men turn to homosexual activities to satisfy their needs. However, Sebastianus becomes the target of lust for a homosexual
centurion, but he rejects the man's advances.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex and nudity for:
There is a prolonged sex scene, which includes sight of an erect penis. There is also a scene showing a pagan ritual dance, in which men wearing giant fake phalluses appear to ejaculate white fluid over a male dancer's face and body.
This release includes the hidden scene, see below.
Thanks to Peter:
Sebastiane in the upcoming Derek Jarman Blu-ray box set from the BFI contains the infamous erection footage (BBFC advice states There is a prolonged sex scene, which includes sight of an erect penis. There is also a scene showing a pagan ritual
dance, in which men wearing giant fake phalluses appear to ejaculate white fluid over a male dancer's face and body.)
The erection was never officially censored by the BBFC for the film's original theatrical release. As Jarman later said: We hid it!......We shot the film in Academy [the 4x3 screen ratio of older films], but showed it to the censors with a
widescreen mask on the projector. Sebastiane's hard-on was hidden below the frame-line, and they passed the film uncut. When we projected it in 4x3, the hard-on was still there!
The shots were, however, matted out from subsequent video releases and TV showings.
UK: Passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
2001 Second Sight Films [Subtitled] video
1995 Tartan VHS
1991 Virgin VHS
1976 cinema release titled Sebastiane
Director Derek Jarman had included a hidden scene featuring an erect scene such that it was hidden for widescreen cinema releases (but included in 4:3 cinema releases). This extra material is missing from the above video releases.
UK: A re-edited version was passed 18 uncut for Blu-ray extras:
2018 BFI video titled Sebastiane: A Work in Progress
The Irish comedy drama, Sensation, submitted for a DVD release, features two sequences containing explicit images of real sex. In both cases the origins of the images are pornographic, specifically photographs in an adult magazine and a brief image
from a pornographic video. But these images are only briefly seen and the video footage contains no clear explicit detail. While the nudity is sexualised in its original context, in this comedy drama the images reflect the nature of the characters
engaging with them and did not require cuts.
Lucía is a young waitress in a restaurant in the centre of Madrid. After the loss of her long-time boyfriend, a writer, she seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island. There, bathed in an atmosphere of fresh air and dazzling sun,
Lucía begins to discover the dark corners of her past relationship, as if they were forbidden passages of a novel which the author now, from afar, allows her to read.
There's a couple of very explicit sex-scenes both with brief (blink and you'll miss them) pornographic moments. One shows Lucia reach down to stroke her lover's erect penis.
Frankreich Privat - Die sexuellen Geheimnisse einer Familie
Sexual Chronicles of a French Family is a 2012 France comedy drama by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr.
With Mathias Melloul, Valérie Maës and Stephan Hersoen.
Thanks to Simon. There are two versions. A German version features several scenes or real sex. Most releases are a cut version but still with an explicit shot of female masturbation at the beginning of the film
Three generations of a French family open up about their sexual experiences and desires after young Romain is caught masturbating in his biology class.
Germany: There is an 18 rated uncut hardcore version featuring erections, real sex, and ejaculation.
UK: The softcore version was passed 18 uncut for strong sex for:
The film opens with a scene set in a school science laboratory in which a boy and a girl masturbate themselves in front of their classmates while filming their actions on their mobile phones. The scene contains a brief but explicit shot of the
girl's pudenda as she strokes herself under her skirt. Although the detail is explicit, it is brief and justified by context in that the film goes on to examine the reasons behind this behaviour and the attempts by the family's matriarch to get her
children to open up about their sexual desires and experiences. The actress in question was over 18 at the time of filming so there is no issue under the terms of the Protection of Children Act 1978.
The film also contains a number of other strong sexual scenes, although none of them feature the kind of explicit detail seen in the opening sequence.
2006 US drama by John Cameron Mitchell. With Sook-Yin Lee, Peter Stickles and PJ DeBoy.
Uncut and BBFC 18 rated in the UK. It is one of the more hardcore entries of this list.
Summery review: Graphic
The film is extremely sexual graphic in places - and I expect will or already has ellicited a campaign by the Daily Mail to "BAN THIS FILTH!". It's far more extreme than Winterbottom's Nine Songs - previously the
most "sexually shocking" mainstream UK film - was, and the uncensored nature of these scenes is a tool that director John Cameron Mitchell uses to convey the intensity of the sexual relationships. So, this is definitely not a film you'd want
to in the presence of your parents. Whilst the orgies and ejaculations might be the reason the film has attained so much notoriety, it would be a shame if you were put off by the film's sexually explicit nature - I wouldn't have said the sex is
gratuitous - it serves to demonstrate the emotionally vapid nature of some of the main characters' lives, and the director also skilfully addresses the wider emotional context. This film rarely misses a beat throughout and finishes with a lavish
crescendo that can't help but make you feel that you've felt something as you leave the cinema. Don't accept any edited or censored versions.
Shortbus is a New York club where the focus is sexual liberation with a heady blend of punters. Transgender people, ageing homosexuals, hot young boys, a straight female sex therapist all looking to get their rocks off
The artist's work includes several paintings and sketches depicting sexual activity. In one scene, the artist is flicking through a book of black and white photographic images seeking inspiration for his own work. Some strong sexual images are
briefly seen, including sight of an erect penis between a woman's breasts, a penis on a woman's chin, and apparent sexual penetration. However, the images are not focussed upon and the context is artistic rather than sexual.
Spetters is a 1980 Netherlands romance by Paul Verhoeven.
Starring Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk and Toon Agterberg.
Cut for an MPAA R rating and further cut in the UK for 18 rated cinema release and VHS. The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for 2005 18 rated DVD. The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review : Saucy Holland Days
Three young Dutch amateur dirt bike motorcycle racers each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, works at a concession stand at the races. Everyone is looking for a better life. The young woman wants out of the business and away from
her brother. The motocross racers want to make their marks as professional racers, like their hero, played by Rutger Hauer.
The MGM DVD thankfully restores the 8 minutes of "graphic" sexuality (not really that shocking to Europeans) that was excised in order to earn an "R" rating and make the film more palatable to our
"puritan" American tastes.
The film was heavily criticized in Holland. Many critics accused the film of being anti-women, anti-gay, anti-invalid, and anti-Chistian. They also called it devoid of morals and needlessly decadent. This criticism was one of the contributing factors
in Paul Verhoeven's decision to begin making films in America rather than his native land.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong sexual violence and real sex with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
Stranger by the Lake is a 2013 France gay drama by Alain Guiraudie.
With Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou and Patrick d'Assumçao.
Uncut in the UK
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
A very explicit French gay-themed film. Sometimes it felt a bit overly so - including graphic unsimulated scenes of oral sex and even a shot of a man, erm, climaxing. But I kind of admire the movie at the same time for not shying away from showing
The film stirred controversy in France, two Paris suburbs removed posters for the film that displayed an illustration of two men kissing. Residents complained the image was inappropriate.
Director Alain Guiraudie won the Best Director prize in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes.
The BBFC commented in the Annual report covering 2013:
A French drama about a man who becomes romantically involved with a dangerous stranger. The film centres on events that occur at a 'cruising' spot. Two of these scenes include brief sight of unsimulated masturbation, ejaculation, fellatio and
rimming, illustrating what goes on at the spot in question.
UK: Cut on TV in August 2015
Two scenes were cut by Channel 4, notably masturbation to climax and oral sex. Plenty of penises remained though.
Wide Open: 1974 Sweden sex comedy by Gustav Wiklund.
With Kent-Arne Dahlgren, Solveig Andersson and Gunilla Larsson.
Love Play: 1973 release Sweden adult film
More about the Language of Love: 1970 Sweden/Denmark sex education documentary by Torgny Wickman .
The BBFC noted in the 2009 Annual Report: Collection 2, Swedish Erotica, a compilation of three early 1970s films from Sweden (Wide Open, Love Play and More About the Language of Love) was passed 18 without cuts. The
work, which includes explicit images of sexual activity, is now very dated. By contemporary standards it is clearly not a sex work, but rather a genuine attempt to inform and educate, and the Board concluded that there was sufficient contextual
justification to allow these scenes at 18 .
2004 Film Four video version . For TV showing not released on DVD
The BBFC commented:
[The film] contains scenes of unsimulated sex between the lead character and his male partners, including a scene in which one man urinates into the mouth of another. In the context of this serious drama the BBFC passed these scenes at 18, and did
not consider that the urination was a likely breach of the Obscene Publications Act 1959.
Summary Review: Good Film
Frank Ripploh is gay and a bit of a rascal. He keeps his personal life and teaching separate, but he sometimes corrects student papers in public toilets as he waits to score. One evening, he meets Bernd. They become lovers. How long can Frank keep
his sexual orientation out of the classroom? Things come to a head during Berlin's annual Queen's Ball and the morning after.
An excellent film, worth watching. Anybody wanting to learn about the secret lives many gay men have to live to have their sexuality kept secret should watch this film.
TAXIDERMIA is a subtitled Hungarian black comedy which tells the story of three generations of men from the 1950s to the present. The film was classified '18' for scenes containing gory images, real sex and very strong
TAXIDERMIA contains a number of gory images, most notably a sequence in which a character is shown to disembowel himself. Although the sequence is fantastical and unreal and occurs within a comically absurd context, it contravenes the BBFC's
Guidelines at '15'.
The film also contains brief sight of aroused male genitalia and close up shots of female genitalia. Additionally, two sequences include brief sight of real sexual activity (male masturbation and vaginal penetration).
The BBFC's Guidelines at '18' state that such explicit images will only be permitted where the work is not a 'sex work' (i.e. a work whose primary purpose is sexual arousal) and where the images can be exceptionally justified
by context. In the case of TAXIDERMIA, the BBFC did not regard the images as having the primary intention of sexual arousal and considered that they formed an integral part of the work, each justified by context. This decision was in line with other
recent works such as NINE SONGS, DESTRICTED and SHORTBUS, all of which contain images of real sex. The film also contains 6 uses of very strong language, which were considered to lack the necessary contextual justification to permit them below '18'.
TAXIDERMIA also includes five uses of strong language, some strong sex references and a scene showing a pig being killed and subsequently butchered. However, this scene was considered to show a humane kill and was therefore not in breach of the
Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937, which prohibits the exhibition of films where animals have been treated cruelly for the purpose of film making.
Honestly, with all the fuss surrounding this superlative film, you'd expect Sodom-And-Gommorah to shoot through your Cathode Ray Tube and vomit creosote into your wallet. Nope. It's all very survivable, apart from a few graphic
instances (which the dear-old Auntie BBFC could have excised within a heartbeat, but they didn't. There MUST be a God!). I suppose vegetarians may have a few Heart Palpitations, but there you go.
It also cocks a snoot at those naysayers who have a firm belief in the inferiority of Eastern-European cinema - "Taxidermia" is crammed with more CGI than your average Jenna Bush photoshoot. Guy Ritchie be damned, he's scrawling graffiti
on the side of the Venus De Milo and can't spell "OK" yet. Take note, British cinema is LIGHT YEARS behind this. We've lost the war Comrades.
Theo and Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) is a 2016 France gay romance by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau.
Starring Geoffrey Couët, François Nambot and Mario Fanfani.
Passed 18 uncut with strong real sex.
Theo and Hugo meet each other in a sex club in Paris. After building a special connection while having sex, the meet outside the club where they realize they had unprotected sex. Since one of them is HIV positive, they go to the hospital to get
checked and start the required treatmemt. You see the boys spend the night together and fall in love after this incident.
The BBFC commented in its annual report covering 2016:
Theo and Hugo is a French drama about two men falling in love while also dealing with the potentially dangerous consequences of unprotected sex. The film opens with a sequence in a Parisian club where men engage in explicit oral sex and
The Third One is a 2014 Argentina gay drama by Rodrigo Guerrero.
Starring Carlos Echevarría, Emiliano Dionisi and Nicolás Armengol.
Uncut in the UK
Fede is young, hot, horny and in a chatroom. When he meets a gay couple online, he decides to take the plunge and over to theirs to see where the night takes him. When the evening unfolds with an intensity and complexity he
wasn't expecting, Fede is forced to see himself a new light. A brilliant evocation of the possibilities of one night stands, The Third One asks -can one passionate night change your life?
The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 2014:
In one scene a man watches a pornographic film on his computer and there are brief images of real penetration of the anus and oral sex. Given the brevity of the images and the dramatic nature of the context in which they are present, the BBFC
considered them acceptable acceptable at 18 under the Classification Guidelines.
Tony Manero is a 2008 Chile/Brazil crime drama by Pablo Larraín.
With Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera and Héctor Morales.
The BBFC commented:
Tony Manero is drama set in Chile in 1978 against a backdrop of Pinochet's dictatorship. It follows the story of a middle-aged man whose need to impersonate the lead character from Saturday
Night Fever has found him turning to crime in the pursuit of his obsession. It was passed '18'' for infrequent explicit and strong sex.
The film focuses on the increasingly dysfunctional life of the lead character and one of the areas in which this is apparent is his impotence. The sex scene is symbolic of his failure in life generally. In an early intimate scene with his lover the
couple try to make love. She takes his flaccid penis briefly into her mouth, but he remains unaroused. The sex is unsuccessful and she accuses him of being aroused only by thoughts of dancing. At '18', the BBFC's Guidelines state that 'the more
explicit images of sexual activity' are only acceptable if 'they can be exceptionally justified by context and the work is not a 'sex work'. In the context of this dramatic work the purpose of the scene is to convey the breakdown of his sense of
reality and as such it was felt to be exceptionally justified at the adult category. There is another sex scene in which, once again, the man is not aroused, but the scene includes close-up images of nipple kissing and a woman masturbating to orgasm
but without explicit detail. This too is acceptable at '18'.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for infrequent explicit and strong sex for:
Unfaithful is a 2009 France adult gay drama by Claude Pérès.
With Claude Pérès, Marcel Schlutt.
Uncut by the BBFC
Claude Pere's invited an actor to make love with him. They do not know each other. They do not know whether they like each other. They do not know what will happen. They meet in a flat. They are alone. For one night. For more privacy, Claude Pere's
will record images and sound. There is no contract, no obligation. They remain free to say and to do whatever they want. They can stop anytime.
The sex is explicit but lacks any passion, innovativeness or eroticism. If you take it as a porn movie -- it is a very bad porn, too.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, nudity and drug use for:
The BBFC commented in the annual review covering 2013:
Unfaithful is a European experimental work, submitted for DVD release and classified without cuts at 18. A filmmaker invites a man to his apartment to conduct an experiment about sex. Most of the film consists of long conversations between the two
men. However they also engage in sexual activity, including sight of real fellatio. The more explicit moments are brief and not the main focus of the work.
WR: Mysteries of the Organism is a 1971 Yugoslavia/West Germany comedy drama fantasy by Dusan Makavejev.
With Milena Dravic, Ivica Vidovic, Jagoda Kaloper.
The uncut cinema release was one of the very few examples of hardcore allowed by the BBFC in an X rating. A cut version was submitted for VHS though.
Summary Review: Unique and warped
A dense film that cuts up footage of a primary plot of two young Yugoslavian girls, one a politico and the other a sexpot, and an affair with a visiting Russian skater. Mixing metaphors of Russia's relationship with Yugoslavia, intercut with footage
and interviews with Wilhelm Reich and Al Goldstein of Screw magazine. The film applies Reich's theories of Orgone energy and analogies of Stalinism as a form of Freudian sexual repression.
What makes W.R. such a unique and warped bird of art is how it challenges the viewer, provokes fully if not discussion then some kind of collision of intellectual and visceral reaction for those who at least meet the filmmaker halfway. Once in a while
frustrating, but never ever boring, W.R. is a cinematic shock from a go-for-broke iconoclast.
UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
1971 cinema release
The cinema version is one of the very few films released with BBFC blessings from the Stephen Murphy and James Ferman era that contain hardcore scenes.
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
1995 Connoisseur VHS
Censored for the video version. James Ferman indicated that he would have preferred the uncut version for video release but it was the censored version prepared for channel 4 that was submitted.
After opening credits a B&W Soviet sex-education film viewed through a kaleidoscope lens is obscured by animations of goldfish. Apparently this hasn't completely obscured the action and an erect penis can still be seen on close inspection.
Wall paintings of men and women masturbating have been blanked out
A sequence showing Jim Buckley having a plaster cast made of his erect penis has all the tumescent shots obscured by animated stars
These amended scenes can be found as an extra on Criterion's DVD release of WR.