UK film ratings body BBFC tightens rules for 'sexual violence' on screen

Screen | 2/28/2019 | Ben Dalton
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The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new classification guidelines with changes including stricter rules on scenes of ‘sexual threat and sexual violence’. Any film showing sexual violence will now receive a minimum rating of 15, rather than 12 or 12A in the UK.

Films with the strongest sex references, in particular those using ‘the language of pornography’, will receive an 18 rating. The new rules will come into effect on February 28, 2019.

Guidelines - Consultation - People - People - Parents

The new guidelines have been produced after a public consultation involving more than 10,000 people, which showed young people and parents want to see an increase in classification guidance, particularly around online content.

The consultation found viewers feel a heightened sense of anxiety when watching ‘real world’ scenarios which could happen to them. These include depictions of terrorism, suicide, self-harm and discriminatory behaviour. Public response suggested current BBFC category standards are appropriate on these matters.

Occasion - BBFC - Age - Classification - Guidelines

This is the fifth occasion the BBFC has consulted on its age classification guidelines; the previous time was in 2013/14.

The BBFC has also called for greater consistency for age ratings across different platforms, and wants its ratings to appear on streaming services.

Panel - Event - Public - Opinion - BBFC

A panel event called ‘Listening To Public Opinion: BBFC Age Ratings in the Digital Era’ took place in London today. It discussed how children, teens, young people and families view films and other media, what challenges there are and what issues concern parents and teenagers when choosing what to watch on and offline.

Panellists included Josh Korn, US-based manager of...
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