Secrets from the BBFC examiners' archives

Ryan Lambie Feature
May 10, 2016

Why was Alien given an 18? How much screaming is too much in a Doctor Who movie? We take a look back through the BBFC's archives.

Spectre, and the 12A issue

Simon Brew Feature
Oct 28, 2015

Following a modern trend, Spectre's distributor sought BBFC advice on trimming the film for a 12A certificate in the UK...

Spectre was trimmed to get a 12A in UK

Simon Brew News
Oct 22, 2015

In its original form, the new James Bond film, Spectre, was set to be awarded a 15 certificate in the UK.

The BBFC and 12 years of 12A: does the system work?

Ryan Lambie Feature
Jul 30, 2014

The BBFC has released a video explaining how the 12A system works. But does it make sense, and how effective is it?

Number of new 12A films passes 15s for the first time

Simon Brew News
Jul 17, 2014

As Jack Reacher attracts the most complaints, the BBFC reveals it classified record numbers of 12A movies in 2013...

The upside of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire being a 12A

Simon Brew Feature
Dec 3, 2013

Getting a 12A rating might've been about maximising profits for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but there are some benefits to it...

Have the PG-13/12A ratings become compromised?

Simon Brew Feature
Jul 30, 2013

With The Wolverine and The Lone Ranger rated 12A in spite of their content, has the point been lost as to who movie ratings are for?

Texas Chainsaw, power tool horror and the BBFC

Ryan Lambie Feature
Jan 11, 2013

With Texas Chainsaw 3D out now in cinemas, Ryan looks at the history of the power tool death in horror, and changing attitude of the BBFC...

The BBFC, violent films, and the internet

Ryan Lambie Feature
Dec 12, 2012

As the BBFC decides to clamp down on sexual or sadistic violence in movies, how can censorship still work in our interconnected age?

Jack Reacher cut to get 12A certificate in the UK

Simon Brew News
Nov 14, 2012

The upcoming Jack Reacher movie, starring Tom Cruise, has been cut back in the UK, to get a softer rating...