Wednesday, 31 March 2010


The British Board of Film  
Classification (BBFC) is an
independent, non-governmental body
funded through the fees it charges to
those who submit films and video
works for classification. Here, and
throughout the Guidelines, video
works are taken to include video
games, and films and programmes
released on DVD or Blu-ray, or
distributed by means of download
or streaming on the internet. - BBFC 

By viewing The British Board of Films Classification, and considering the aspects which catergorise films into a BBFC rating, I have decided that my film will be a 15. 

I have come to this decision due to the guidelines of a 15 film fit for my opening two minutes.

There is a scene of violence in my movie, in which it is connoted that my character gets killed, this is with a knife,  however you only see the killer stabbing the knife, you do not see the pain the victim receives, it is also not promoted in a good light, as it is the antagonist killing the protagonist, I will not be showing much of the violence, there will be many fast clips with various shot types to connote what is happening, the BBFC say about violence for a 15 film:

Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction
of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to
be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also
unlikely to be acceptable.
There may be detailed verbal references to sexual violence
but any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and
have a strong contextual justification.

My film also contains a couple kissing in a car, however it is not connoted that they are having sex, but may be connoted that they are about too, but due to the audience only seeing them kiss, this is suitable for a film rated at 15, The BBFC say about sex:

Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail.
There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour,
but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable
unless justified by context. Works whose primary purpose is
sexual arousal or stimulation are unlikely to be acceptable.

These are the only two items that need to be controlled in my film to target a suitable audience. Therefore a 15 rating fits in with my film.

Other films in my genre of slasher that are rated at the age certificate of 15 are: Tormented, Sorority Row (after being re-rated- was originally a 18)  Prom Night, and Cry wolf. (Was originally a 12A in cinemas, however re-rated when released on DVD)


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