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Sat 04/09/10 at 09:19
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As seen in the news last week the UK film classification board the BBFC has demanded cuts to 2 new films,the remake of the notorious 1978 film I Spit On Your Grave and the very controversial A Serbian Film.There's a few questions I would be interested to hear people on here's views on.

A: Do you guys agree with their actions and agree we as need to be protected from this kind of material ?

B: Do you believe we should be able to legally obtain uncut versions of any film (as in the US where distributors can opt out of the classification process with an 'unrated release).

C: Do you believe the media have a question to answer,in the past they have jumped on bandwagons creating problems where there probably really weren't any.Some of the rubbish written in the tabloids last year about Modern Warfare 2 ( a game classified to be played by over 18's) was laughable IMO.

D: Do you think that in some cases film makers (and maybe some games manufacturers) are simply going too far in an attempt to shock and therefore create controversy.In most cases this creates publicity which the distributors could not buy.Obviously they need to stay on the right side of the Obscene Publications Act but is some material beginning to sail dangerously close to the line ?.

E: Do you think the BBFC is basically a joke ?.What really is the point of a UK only classification body when material available in other parts of the world can be so easily obtained these days ?

I would be interested to hear your views on this guys.But remember this is a family forum so going into any kind of detail on certain films can't really be done on here.
Tue 31/01/12 at 22:31
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Seeing as my epic censorship thread seems to have been brought back from the dead Romero style thought I'd post something at least mildly topic related in it.

The 1989 'classic' Visions Of Ecstasy has finally been passed uncut by the BBFC. It was rejected for classification over 20 years ago on blasphemous grounds (the only film in UK history to effectively be 'banned' for this). Looks like a load of arty soft porn crap to me but no doubt someone will want to see what the fuss was all about.
Mon 30/01/12 at 18:04
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RastaBillySkank wrote:
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Wed 10/08/11 at 17:54
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Wee joke from before your time, páté_12
Fri 15/07/11 at 20:16
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Thanks for clearing that up
Fri 15/07/11 at 17:29
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Won't someone PLEASE think of the children

Sincerely,
Tubes
Fri 15/07/11 at 06:15
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RastaBillySkank wrote:
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Thu 14/07/11 at 22:12
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Thu 14/07/11 at 13:09
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We need censorship of some sort, as well as a body that controls what is released to the public. There's the freedom of creativity, but some films are just plain stupid. Human Centipede is a key example of a film that has only been recognised because of the sheer disgusting idea behind it. The film itself, ignoring the concept, is actually absolute rubbish.

You get sickos out there though who enjoy watching the film. At the end of the day, a film is for entertainment purposes. There is nothing entertaining about those type of films, for anyone. They do not have a place in society, and the freaks who make it shouldn't be allowed to unleash their freakish ideas upon us. There is the argument of "Don't watch it if you don't like it", but as I've said to many people in the past, you don't know if you like it until you've watched it, and it's too late by then.

If society should have to put up with these gross films, there should be a new labelled title 'F' for 'Freak'.
Thu 14/07/11 at 12:58
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Apparently Human Centipede 2 has been refused a certificate by the BBFC, the film has been passed uncut in Australia. It does sound pretty messed up TBH.
Mon 29/11/10 at 13:40
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I remember being quite impressed with the way BBC2 handles censorship. They basically have their own rules as to what they deem to acceptable, and what they deem to be gratuitous, and cut based on these guidelines. And, I honestly think that is the way forwards. Like Warhunt says below me, Saw is excellent, and the violence is extreme but never just there for the sake of it. Whereas, later iterations fell into a kind of "torture pornography" circle, where the focus has moved from psychological horror to just seeing what they can get away with showing the audience next.

I am sat here right now with my 4 year old. I have an episode of The Waling Dead to watch, but I won't be watching it with him. And this is not because he is 4, but because of the type of child he is. I know he won't understand what is going on enough to bother him, and until I know that he realises the difference between what he sees on the TV and what is reality, he won't be getting to see anything like that. Whereas my 16 year old had more of an understanding at the same age, which is why I let him play GTA Vice City when he was 8. Because I don't think that what they see impacts people, but I do think that they need to understand what they are watching. My son knows games are games, and he has even seen me playing L4D, whereas his auntie (who is actually 5 days younger than him) comes from a house without consoles. When she is around, I basically don't play any games that depict even remotely realistic killing, as she would be very upset by witnessing it.

Whilst I do NOT advocate the whole "I'm 18, let me watch what I want to!" stance, I also think that wholesale censorship is not the answer. Instead, education should be higher on everybodys list.

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