The Angels' Share

Language too strong for a 15 rating


23rd May
2012
  

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The Angels' Share suffers ludicrous strong language cuts for a 15 rating
The Angels' Share is a 2012 UK drama by Ken Loach.

The film has just been passed 15 for very strong language and strong violence after BBFC category cuts for:

  • UK 2012 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to reduce the number of uses of very strong language (in this case 'cunt') in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Comment: Beyond Absurd

And as goatboy said on the Melon Farmers Forum:

Beyond Absurd! We must protect the 16 and 17 year olds from a word they probably hear every day!

Update: Ken Loach has some strong words for the BBFC

23rd May 2012. Based on article from  minivannews.com

Film director Ken Loach has criticised British film censors for asking him to remove swear words from his new film, The Angel's Share , in order to qualify for a 15 certificate.

The Scotland-set comedy tells the story of young, unemployed father to be who discovers a talent for whisky tasting.

Speaking at Cannes, the director said:

We were allowed seven 'cunts' but only two of them could be aggressive 'cunts'.
You get into the realm of surrealism here in terms of language. The British middle class is obsessed with what they call 'bad language.'
But the manipulative and deceitful language of politics is accepted. I'd call those bad words. Embracing the ancient swear words that have gone back for centuries and words we all enjoy should be embraced.

The film's producer Rebecca O'Brien said the film's script represented natural language spoken by young people:

If they're looking for diversity in Britain they should look no further than this film and Glasgow and see that there are different ways of speaking and see that that should be acceptable to all and sundry and should not be censored.

 

 

Update: The Angels' Share...

Upcoming UK Blu-ray will be uncut but the DVD will be the cut version


Link Here 26th August 2012

The Angels' Share is a 2012 UK drama by Ken Loach.
With Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw and Gary Maitland. See IMDb

Uncut Blu-ray

UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language with cinema cuts reinstated for:

  • UK 2012 Entertainment One 100% Proof Edition Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 24th September 2012

Cut DVD

UK: Passed 15 for very strong language and strong violence after BBFC category cuts for:

  • UK 2012 Entertainment One R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 24th September 2012
  • UK 2012 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to reduce the number of uses of very strong language (in this case 'cunt') in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Ken Loach explained to the press:

We were allowed seven 'cunts' but only two of them could be aggressive 'cunts'.

 



 

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