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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children...

2005 Japan children's action animation by tetsuya nomura released on UK 4K Blu-ray in its Complete Version

Link Here15th June 2021
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japan children's action animation by tetsuya nomura, takeshi nozue (co-director)
Starring Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Itô and Shôtarô Morikubo BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There exists a Standard Version and a Director's Cut/Complete Version. A 23 minute 'Special Edition' was shown at the Venice Film festival.

Summary Notes

An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.


BBFC uncut
run: 126m
pal: 121m

MPAA Unrated

UK: The Complete Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate fantasy violence, bloody images: US: The Complete Version is MPAA Unrated
BBFC uncut
run: 100:54s
pal: 96:52s
PG 1980


UK: The Standard Version was passed PG uncut for mild fantasy violence:
  • 2006 Sony video

US: The Standard Version is rated MPAA PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action violence




You can't film that!...

Generating hype for a US film about the Christchurch mosque killings

Link Here13th June 2021
They Are Us is a 2021 USA film
Starring Rose Byrne, JumondR Rondaii and Ametha Randall IMDb

The producer of a movie about the Christchurch terror attacks in New Zealand has pulled out of the project after mounting criticism over the film. Philippa Campbell apologised for her involvement and said she had not realised the hurt the film would cause. She said:

I have listened to the concerns raised over recent days and I have heard the strength of people's views. I now agree that the events of 15 March 2019 are too raw for film at this time and do not wish to be involved with a project that is causing such distress.

They Are Us will focus on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's role during the 2019 shooting at two Christchurch mosques. Ardern herself has criticised the project as poorly timed and focused on the wrong subject. She said:

In my view, which is a personal view, it feels very soon and very raw for New Zealand. And while there are so many stories that should be told at some point, I don't consider mine to be one of them.

New Zealand Muslims have also criticised the film for pursuing a white saviour narrative by focusing on Ardern rather than the victims. A petition from the National Islamic Youth Association asking for the movie to be cancelled has gathered almost 60,000 signatures, arguing the film would sideline the victims and survivors and instead centres on the response of a white woman.

 Lianne Dalziel, mayor of Christchurch, where the attacks took place, said film crews would not be welcome in her city. She said:

I'm just so outraged that they even think that this is an appropriate thing to do.



Absurd and ridiculous...

Bangladeshi film directors want to set themselves up as an additional body of censors

Link Here11th June 2021
The Bangladesh Film Directors' Association's has published a proposal to run all films through an approval process under its guidance before finally submitting to Bangladesh Film Censor Board.

Other film organisations are not so impressed. Bangladesh Short Film Forum, Bangladesh Film Society, Bangladesh Film Institute, Dhaka DocLab, Bangladesh Documentary Council and Film without Film all raised concerns over the proposal. In a joint statement they said that the proposal seem absurd and ridiculous as they found no logical ground for a film to obtain a private organisation's authorisation before it is submitted to the censor board.

The statement also said that there is no rational explanation why the government grant-winning film must be released in 20 cinemas across the country and asked why public money should be spent on commercial films.



Use of strong language is on the rise...

and according to the BBFC, parents want children protected

Link Here9th June 2021
The BBFC has released a new survey into attitudes towards swearing which shows that while the use of strong language is on the rise, parents are keen to protect their children and do not want to see increased use of strong language in media content.

The survey, carried out by Magenta, was commissioned to find out if parents would accept more frequent uses of strong ('fuck') and very strong language ('cunt') at the 12 and 15 categories, and to understand people's opinions and use of these words in their lives. The report showed that 60% say swearing is part of their daily life, with 30% saying they use strong language more than five years ago.

The survey showed that people think that the BBFC is getting it right when it comes to classification of strong and very strong language in films and TV content. People feel that there is a time and a place for using stronger language, and therefore do not want to see an increase in strong and very strong language at the 12 category.

61% agree that while they are comfortable using strong language with friends they refrain from doing so if children can hear. Only 20% parents say they're comfortable swearing in front of children under 16 at home because they are keen to shield their kids as long as possible.

The survey showed that how words are said raises more concerns than what is said. Language feels more problematic and/or adult when it is; directly targeted at an individual, or used in an aggressive way, especially when used by men towards women; used in a sexual context; used in a sexually violent way or referencing abuse, rape, coercion, or sexually aggressive behaviour.

David Austin, Chief Executive of the BBFC, said:

Children are watching more content on multiple screens, and their parents want to protect them from strong and very strong language wherever they can and for as long as possible. Parents told us they are keen for media industries to share the responsibility - and that's where we come in. Very strong language retains an innate shock value, and for some remains the last taboo. While it can occur in a variety of contexts, including comic and colloquial, it has a particularly distressing potency when used towards women - so it's reassuring to hear people think we are getting it right when it comes to classifying these words.

For the first time, the BBFC has also published a guide to what terms parents can expect to hear in films and TV shows in the U, PG and 12A/12 categories. The guide lays out common words that are permitted at the junior categories, and also includes sections on Hindi language.

David Austin added:

This research has underpinned our knowledge that parents are the gatekeepers when it comes to language at the lower age ratings, U, PG and 12A/12. This is why we've launched our guide to terms at the junior categories, so that parents can feel empowered and confident when choosing content that is right for their families.

Despite parents being keen to protect their children for as long as possible, there's a clear generational divide when it comes to swearing, with 46% of Gen Zs frequently using strong language daily, compared to only 12% of 55-64 year olds and 12% of over 65s. 25% of 16-24 year olds say they would never use strong language in public, compared to75% of over 65s.

When it comes to acronyms - for example WTF - people felt that the meaning is rarely lost on viewers, including children. In most cases, they are treated as if the word were spoken in full. Therefore, the BBFC will classify acronyms as if they are a use of strong language in full.

The BBFC's list of language vs age rating is as follows

U'damn', 'hell', 'God', 'Jesus Christ'. We know that some people find these words particularly offensive, but our research shows us that the majority of parents are comfortable with their children hearing them in U rated films.

'butt', 'jerk'.

And, depending on the context, you may also hear the word 'screw' if it is used instead of 'messed up', eg. 'I screwed up'.

PGAt PG, we only allow mild bad language. If words are used in an aggressive or very frequent way, then this might result in the content being rated higher.

'bloody', 'bugger', 'son of a bitch', 'shit', 'arsehole', 'bastard',

'bollocks', 'piss', 'crap', 'arse', 'ass', 'sod', 'git', 'arse'.

12A12APrick, wanker, twat, bitch, whore, slag, slut, cock,

Depending on context, frequency, and tone: fuck'



Diary: Grimmfest 2021...

7-10th October live in Manchester

Link Here8th June 2021
Grimmfest, international festival of Fantastic Film, is returning to it's live format at Manchester's Odeon Great Northern on 7-10th October 2021.

Grimmfest writes:

We will be joined by a true icon of genre cinema; our guest of honour, the incomparable Dee Wallace, recipient of this year's Grimmfest Lifetime Achievement Award.

We'll be celebrating a remarkable five decade career that ranges from such classics as THE STEPFORD WIVES, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, THE HOWLING, E.T., CUJO and CRITTERS, to equally boundary pushing recent films such as Rob Zombie's THE LORDS OF SALEM and James Suttles' THE NEST, which recently had its World Premiere at Grimmfest.

We once again host our Grimmfest annual awards; from BEST FEATURE FILM to BEST SCARE, there will be twelve awards up for grabs.



The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

Both the 18 rated uncut version and the 15 rated cut version have been passed by the BBFC for home video

Link Here8th June 2021
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. The film is rated 16 uncut  by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

Both the uncut 18 rated version and the cut 15 rated have just been passed for home video release but it is not yet clear which versions will be released on which formats.

Summary Notes

A chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.


BBFC cut
category cuts
run: 113m
pal: 108m
15UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:
  • 2021 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd video
  • 2021 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Of course the BBFC is referring to vertical wrist slitting which is disallowed at 15.

BBFC uncut
run: 113m
pal: 108m

Ireland 16


UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:
  • 2021 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd video
  • 2021 cinema release, unreleased as the distributors opted for a cut 15 release

Ireland: Rated 16 uncut for very strong gory violence.

It is reported that the Irish 16 rated cinema release is the uncut version running at 111:44s

US: Uncut and MPA R rated for terror, violence and some disturbing images.



The language of censorship...

The BBFC reviews the classification of strong language

Link Here7th June 2021
The BBFC discussed the classification of strong language at its board meeting in April 2021. The minutes note:

The BBFC commissioned Magenta to undertake research into people's views on strong and very strong language in media content. While the research revealed that usage of bad language, including strong language, has increased among the general population, there remains a desire to protect young people from over-exposure to strong and very strong language.

The findings indicated that people do not wish to see an increase in the allowance of strong language at 12A, or very strong language at 15. Aggravating and mitigating factors were highlighted, and correspond with current BBFC policy. However, in exceptional circumstances there is some increased allowance for isolated or infrequent use of 'motherfucker' at 12A.

The research also indicated that people prefer to be warned of spoken language as opposed to bleeped strong language, so BBFC short ratings info policies will be updated to accommodate this (e.g. if a work contains a bleeped use of 'fuck', but also a use of 'prick', short Ratings Info (RI) will read moderate bad language').

The research also indicated that acronyms (e.g. WTF) are generally understood by what word is being implied, and so should be treated as if the word is being spoken, unless there are sufficient mitigating factors to defend the acronym at a lower level.

The research also looked at reclaimed use of 'nigger', typically written as 'nigga', when used between members of the black community in a peer-to-peer context. There was some recognition that the term, when used in this context, was not the same as the racist iteration of the word, and nor was it the same as 'bad language/swearing'. The BBFC is therefore trialling racial language in short RI where this word is a category defining issue, but will look to the upcoming discrimination research to further develop our understanding.



Attraction 2: Invasion...

15 rated video releases suggests that last year's 12A rated cinema release was cut for language

Link Here3rd June 2021
Attraction 2: Invasion is a 2020 Russia action Sci-Fi film by fedor bondarchuk
Starring Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov and Alexander Petrov BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The subtitled 2020 cinema release was 12A rated by the BBFC  but the dubbed 2021 home video release was 15 rated. It seems that that the word 'motherfucker' didn't make it to the subtitles.

Summary Notes

With the fall of the alien ship Julia's life changed, now three years later mankind is about to experience new encounter.


BBFC uncut
run: 133m
pal: 128m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language:
  • 2021 4Digital [English language] video
The BBFC explained the 12A rating:

There is strong language, 'fuck', 'motherfucker'

run: 133:39s
pal: 128:18s
12AUK: A presumably cut version was passed 12A for moderate bloody violence, threat, infrequent strong language:
  • 2020 [Russian language] cinema release
The BBFC explained the 12A rating:

There is infrequent use of strong language, 'fuck'.

So compared with the video version it seems that the word 'motherfucker' has been removed from the cinema version.












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