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The Devil Outside...

VoD release has just been cut by the BBFC on grounds of child protection


Link Here 25th May 2019

The Devil Outside is a drama by Andrew Hulme.
Starring Mark Stobbart, Keeley Forsyth and Daniel Frogson. BBFC link

Cut by the BBFC for 15 rated VoD in 2019

Cut Small 15 Small UK: Passed 15 for strong language, sex, nudity, images of self-harm after 9s of compulsory BBFC cuts ( 101:59s ) :
  • 2019 Content Media Corporation INTL. VoD
The BBFC commented:
  • Compulsory cuts required to remove potentially indecent images involving a child (a child in the same frame as adults simulating sex) in accordance with the Protection of Children Act 1978.

 

 

Shopping: Lust For A Vampire...

1971 UK drama horror by Jimmy Sangster, once cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 12th August 2019


Link Here 25th May 2019
Lust for a Vampire is a 1971 UK drama horror by Jimmy Sangster.
With Ralph Bates, Barbara Jefford and Suzanna Leigh. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
The UK cinema release had a sex scene cut by the BBFC. Home video releases are uncut.
UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2019 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 12th August 2019

Promotional Material

Through the unholy rites of black magic, the notorious female vampire Carmilla Karnstein is reincarnated as a luscious young debutante (stunning Swedish starlet Yutte Stensgaard). But when the depraved seductress is enrolled at an exclusive girls' school, she begins to inflame the desires of her fellow students as well as her weak-willed teacher (Ralph Bates). Can these perverse hungers be quenched by the mere taste of blood or will an entire village be unwittingly consumed by their LUST FOR A VAMPIRE? Directed by Jimmy Sangster (THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS).

 

 

Moving into online censorship...

BBFC publishes its annual report covering 2018


Link Here 24th May 2019

BBFC releases Annual Report 2018

  • Over the past year, the BBFC has received a 65% rise in content for distribution online.

  • Video on demand (VoD) continues to receive more BBFC age ratings than any other format

  • Ratings given to Cinema have risen 62% since 2008.

  • Once again, 15 was the most common classification given for UK cinema goers

The BBFC has released its Annual Report for 2018 a year that showed another significant increase in age ratings given to online content.

Over the last year the BBFC gave 5,751 age ratings to online content. This represents a 65% over 2017's figure.

Although output from Video on Demand (VoD) providers constituted the majority of content classified by the BBFC, theatrical films still featured strongly. Since 2008 age ratings given to cinema releases have risen 62% from 639 in 2017 to 1,036 in 2018.

15 remained the most common age rating, with 392 theatrical films receiving this classification.

David Austin, BBFC Chief Executive, said:

"In a fast evolving media landscape, the BBFC's core mission continues to be to help families and young people choose films, videos and websites that are right for them. Whenever, wherever, and however they view them. In 2018 we carried out significant research - with more than 10,000 people to help us update our classification standards. This work ensures that our standards continue to stay in line with what people across the UK consider suitable, and we found that 97% of the public believe audiences benefit from having age ratings in place.

"In 2019 we will continue to make a significant contribution to the Government's objective of making the UK the safest place for children to be online. We look forward to the introduction of Age-verification in July which will improve child protection from exposure to pornography online."

In addition to providing the latest age rating information on our websites, social media accounts and free app, the BBFC in 2018 continued to provide resources for children, teachers and older learners including a regular podcast, a children's website ( cbbfc.co.uk ), case studies, classroom resources and posters.

Every film classified by the BBFC comes with detailed ratings info to help people view what's right for themselves and their family. Ratings info is available on bbfc.co.uk and the BBFC's free apps for tablet and mobile devices.

 

 

Updated: Space Camp...

Australian distributors reprise a US debate about Rocketman's rating


Link Here 24th May 2019
Rocketman is a 2019 UK / USA musical music biography by Dexter Fletcher.
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden. BBFC link IMDb

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Rocketman follows in the footsteps of the similarly gay themed Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsod y. Perhaps with an eye on repeating the successful formula of the earlier sanitised and PG-13 rated biopic, Hollywood producers Paramount seemed to have been pushing for Rocketman to get a PG-13 rating.

Paramount demanded that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn cut a 40-second scene that depicts Elton John and one-time lover and manager John Reid, writhing on a bed. Fully exposed white derrieres are on display, but the nude escapade is tastefully done.

However it seems that the film makers won the argument as the film ended up with an R rating that confirms the sexual content.

In the UK, the film was passed 15 uncut for drug misuse, sex, very strong language.

Update: Distributors win appeal for an M rating

24th May 2019. See article [pdf] from classification.gov.au

Australia's Review Board has overturned the Classification Board's MA15+ uncut for strong coarse language in favour of M for mature themes, drug use, sex scene and frequent coarse language'.

The Review Board explained that previous confusion about a cut version was down to information being embargoed at the request of the film distributor. Two version were submitted but one of these was an unfinished version rather than a censored versions. The Review Board has now supplied a more complete account of the decision process.

Initially the Classification Board passed the film MA15+ uncut for strong coarse language.

The issues requiring an MA15+ over an M rating were related to strong language rather than the gay themes, and in particular the a single use of the word 'cunt'.

The distributors appealed the MA15+ rating and won their case as the Review Board reduced the rating to M for mature themes, drug use, sex scene and frequent coarse language'. The Review Board explained its decision:

It is the view of the Classification Review Board that the dramatic biographical context does mitigate the impact of the language, and specifically, the one instance of the use of strong coarse language.

Films classified M are considered suitable for mature audiences. It is for the above reasons, that the Review Board has decided that the contextual singular use of a strong coarse word can be accommodated at the M classification on this occasion.

The other frequently used coarse words are routinely accommodated at the M classification level.

 

 

You can't say that!...

India's Most Wanted banned by film censors in UAE


Link Here 24th May 2019

India's Most Wanted is a 2019 India action thriller by Raj Kumar Gupta (as Rajkumar Gupta)
Starring Arjun Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma and Gaurav Mishra. BBFC link IMDb

India's Most Wanted is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film directed by Raj Kumar Gupta starring Arjun Kapoor and Amrita Puri. The film is about tracking a terrorist in a secret mission and arresting him without firing bullets. It pays tribute to unsung heroes of our society.

Film censors in UAE banned India's Most Wanted when the producers declined to delete a line of dialogue saying that most terrorists are based either in Pakistan or Dubai,

The director, Raj Kumar Gupta, explained:

Yes the film will not release in Dubai. There were some issues which could not be sorted and hence this decision. Yes the said dialogue is there in the film and it is a factual one based on the research that has been conducted. So we did not want to do away with the dialogue and decided on retaining it in the film even if it entailed a non-release in Dubai.

 

 

Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave...

A documentary about the original video nasty by Meir Zachi's son Terry


Link Here 21st May 2019
Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave is a 2019 USA documentary by Terry Zarchi.
Starring Camille Keaton, Meir Zarchi and Gunter Kleemann. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Reviews

Promotional Material

For the First time ever, explore the myths behind the controversial 1978 film, I Spit On Your Grave with the all new and only feature-length documentary, Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave. Five years in the making, Terry Zarchi's exhaustive analysis of the history of the film, packed with never before seen footage and exclusive interviews, is what every I Spit On Your Grave fan and cinephile has been waiting for! As director Meir Zarchi himself once said of I Spit On Your Grave, this movie is indestructible!

 

 

Offsite Article: Bumblebee...


Link Here 21st May 2019
Distributor cuts for a PG rated cinema and video release

See article from movie-censorship.com

 

 

Wick trimmed...

The Indian film censor makes significant cuts to John Wick 3


Link Here 16th May 2019
Full story: Film cuts in India...Censor cuts for movies released in India
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is a 2019 USA action thriller by Chad Stahelski.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane and Asia Kate Dillon. IMDb

In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fuelled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world's most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

India's Central Board of Film Certification has made significant cuts to John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, even for an adults only 'A' rating. The cuts are described as:
  • the standard blurs, mutes and additions for profanity, visual gestures, all mention and presence of alcohol and the ever-present anti-smoking label
  • one cut reducing revenge and escape violence by 50%, and
  • cuts to another scene of graphic violence involving knives and shooting.

The cuts add up to about 3 minutes.

 

 

As Time Goes By...

Ireland's long and beautiful friendship with censors, where the classic Casablanca was once banned in 1942, and was still cut in 1974


Link Here 15th May 2019
The most infamous film ban in Ireland was of the classic Casablanca in 1942.

The officially neutral Ireland said it was Allied propaganda and felt sorry for the poor Nazis and how they were portrayed..

It was banned on March 19, 1942, for infringing on the Emergency Powers Order (EPO), preserving wartime neutrality in the way it portrayed Vichy France and Nazi Germany in a sinister light.

Soon after the end of the war in Europe the film was unbanned but passed with cuts on June 15, 1945, The cuts were to dialogue between Rick and Ilsa referring to their love affair. It seemed even talking about affairs was forbidden in Ireland.

Amazingly, even in 1974, the people of Ireland had to be saved from Casablanca. The censor passed it with one cut on July 16, 1974. RTÉ had asked about showing the film on TV -- it still required a dialogue cut to Ilsa expressing her love for Rick.

 

 

Offsite Article: Avengers Endgame...


Link Here 15th May 2019
Full story: Film Censorship in China...All Chinese films censored to be suitable for kids
Is the China cinema boom slowing down as censorship clampdown bites?

See article from screendaily.com

 


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