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BBFC Guidelines 2014

Title
BBFC Guidelines 2014
Date
13 Jan 2014
Link
http://www.bbfc.co.uk/about-bbfc/media-centre/bbfc-launch-new-classification-guidelines?dm_i=QU2%2C2IYM2%2CE2GHFI%2C97I29%2C1
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Publisher
British Board of Film Classification
Category
Policy Documents
Subject
Censorship; Film; Children; Exhibition; Film classification
Inactive
No
Description
These guidelines from the British Board of Film Classification came into force on 24 February 2014. Among the new changes, brought about after a public consultation, are the following specific points: Greater weight will be given to the theme and tone of a film or video, particularly around the 12A/12 and 15 level. Particular attention will be given to the psychological impact of horror, as well as strong visual detail such as gore. Regarding language, the public wants the BBFC to be stricter with the language allowed at U and more flexible about allowing very strong language at 15. Context, not just frequency, is the most important factor in how language in films is perceived by the public.

The BBFC Research Report based on the public consultation can be found
here.

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