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Offsite Article: 18-rated anime on the rise...

Link Here30th September 2021
The BBFC gets more censorious about sexy anime

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Mental Illness at the BBFC...

The BBFC positions itself as a saviour of mentally ill teens via its recent introduction of trigger warnings for films.

Link Here23rd September 2021
  Nightmares in a Damaged Brain DVD
 ..."with content often acting as a bridge for teens to explore their own mental health.

A survey commissioned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has revealed the three biggest mental health concerns for teens are anxiety, stress and depression, with 64% of 13-18-year-olds saying they want appropriate warnings on all films and TV shows featuring this content.

The research, by YouGov, showed that anxiety (50%), stress (38%) and depression (34%) were the issues that most concerned young people, followed by body image issues (30%), suicide (20%) and self-harm (20%).

Nearly seven in 10 teens (68%) say that seeing positive portrayals of mental health conditions on-screen breaks down stigma, and half (48%) said that seeing these depictions helps them understand issues around mental health.

It's clear that seeing mental health issues on screen can act as a bridge to open up discussions, with three quarters (75%) saying that positive portrayals can act as a springboard to get help. In fact, teens said that a scene in a film or TV show has even prompted them to talk to their friends (41%) or parents (39%) about mental health.

64%)of teens say they think content warnings are important, with young people going on to say that they help them protect their own mental health (40%), make informed decisions about what to watch (51%) and protect their younger siblings (23%) and friends (38%).

78% 13-18-year-olds think the media industry has an important role to play in showing mental health issues responsibly.

David Austin, Chief Executive of the BBFC, said:

Films and TV shows have a very important role to play, with content often acting as a bridge for teens to explore their own mental health. That's why the BBFC's role is more important than ever. We're here to give teens what they tell us they want, and need - easy to understand age ratings and content warnings, that are based on extensive research into the feelings and reactions of UK audiences, and reflect what people really think - so they can navigate their own experiences, and start talking about them with their friends and younger siblings.

It's very clear that concerns around what harms young people have moved on significantly. In 2021, teens are concerned about mental health, and how this can impact young people emotionally. For teens' emotional wellbeing and development, clear content warnings need to be displayed on all films and TV shows, whether that's in the cinema, on Blu-ray and DVD or on streaming services. We are calling on all streaming services to follow in Netflix's footsteps and carry trusted, well-known BBFC ratings and ratings info on 100% of content.

Further research by the BBFC showed that 97% of people say they benefit from age ratings being in place. 91% of people - and 95% of teenagers - want consistent age ratings that they recognise from the cinema and DVD to apply to content accessed through streaming services.

Well the BBFC have clearly failed on the consistent age ratings front, film ratings are being frequently changed from the previous submission of the same film and BBFC ratings originating from Netflix seem almost random.

Offsite Comment: Keep trigger warnings out of the cinema

23rd September 2021. See article from by Joanna Williams

Forget sex and violence, film censors now want to protect us from mental distress.



Oliver! Asking for more re-ratings...

Another batch of previously wrong ratings corrected by the BBFC

Link Here17th September 2021
Oliver! is a 1968 UK children's drama by Carol Reed
Starring Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The long running BBFC U rating has been changed to PG.

It also seems that BBFC database errors mean that the BBFC is no longer supplying consumer advice for several titles including this one.

The Giant Claw is a 1957 US Sci-Fi horror thriller by Fred F. Sears
Starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday and Morris Ankrum BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was X rated in 1957, U rated in 1996 and PG rated in 2021.

Sense And Sensibility is a 1995 US/UK romance by Ang Lee
Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and James Fleet BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film has just been uprated from U to PG.



Malcolm X...

Another bizarre BBFC rating from the Netflix Random Rating Generator

Link Here5th September 2021
Malcolm X is a 1992 US/Japan historical biography by Spike Lee
Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and Delroy Lindo BBFC link 2020  IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC thinks the film is 15 rated whilst Netflix bizarrely think it's an 18.

In the US the film is rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language

Summary Notes

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.


BBFC uncut
run: 201:41s
pal: 193:37s

15 1980


UK: Passed 18 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for violence, discrimination theme:
  • 2021 Netflix video
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language and drug use:
  • 2012 Warner Home Video Ltd video
UK: Passed 15 uncut:
  • 2001 Pathe Distribution Ltd video
  • 1993 Guild Home VHS
  • 1993 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language

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