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2011-09-20 11:18:26

Cross sectional association between smoking depiction in films and adolescent tobacco use nested in a British cohort study doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2011-200053 Smoking in films remains a "major and persistent driver" of smoking uptake among kids and young people, which all the responsible parties – film makers, regulators, and politicians–are "abjectly failing to control," write leading tobacco control experts in a Thorax editorial. Dr Ailsa Lyons and Professor John Britton of...

2009-06-13 15:06:37

A British censorship board says it will not cut any scenes from Antichrist despite the fact the film features female self-mutilation, sex and violence. David Cooke, director of the British Board of Film Classification, said his board has decided to allow Antichrist to be released by British distributor Artificial Eye with an 18 rating, meaning those above the age of 18 can see an uncut version of the film, The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday. The film does not contain material which...

2009-04-01 11:58:00

First Company Outside of the UK to be Approved for Age Verification LONDON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- GLOBAL DIGITAL CONTENT SOLUTION FOR AGE AND IDENTITY VERIFICATION The prestigious British Board of Film Classification (http://www.bbfc.co.uk) has formally accepted Aristotle International (www.aristotle.com) as a provider of approved age verification for digitally-delivered home entertainment. The decision means that movie studios, online distributors, and eventually producers of all forms...

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2008-10-28 15:10:38

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELPSA) is proposing a new "traffic-light" system to address the ongoing games rating controversy.  The new solution would augment and improve ELPSA's voluntary ratings code, the organization said. However, the new system has been dismissed by some, including the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), who believe Britain's current two-tier rating is adequate. A review by Britain's Department of Culture, Media and Sport...

2008-08-26 03:00:38

The British Board of Film Classification is having a perplexing summer. After delighting Warner Bros, but surprising most film- goers, by awarding Batman a 12A certificate, it has now decided to allow the release of an uncut version on DVD of a seventies cause celbre, Caligula. With Batman it decided that the violence was in the main off- screen, never mind that it was described on screen in graphic detail for the 12-year-olds. In the case of Caligula, it has decided that the film is of...

2008-08-15 12:00:40

The new Batman movie broke the US box office and so far has received pretty positive reviews this side of Gotham ... but a row is brewing over its 12A rating, which some commentators believe to be inappropriate. 24/7 takes a closer look at the debate to help you decide if your children should see it Why are we talking about this now? The new Batman movie, besides being wildly popular, may be the most violent and disturbing film to have been passed as a 12A - and that rating has led some...

2008-08-10 21:00:19

By eamonn holmes THE British film censor keeps referring concerned parents to its website in the ongoing row about the classification of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The organisation, charged with the responsibility of protecting the morals of the nation, defends the 12A rating by saying that "they have to strike a balance" and "any worried parents can get the best guidance from our website". So here goes. The site admits the film contains "moderate violence and sustained...

2008-08-04 00:00:14

By Amol Rajan VIOLENT SCENES in the latest Batman movie have prompted a record number of objections about its 12A certification. In The Dark Knight's first week of release, which coincides with the school holidays, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) received 70 complaints. The film's bloody content has surprised some cinema-goers with its gritty realism, compared to previous Batman films' cartoon style. The late Heath Ledger, playing Batman's wicked adversary The Joker,...

2008-08-03 12:00:21

The age rating given in Britain to the U.S. blockbuster movie The Dark Knight is inaccurate given its violence, a growing number of complaints contend. In addition to 70 complaints delivered to the British Board of Film Classification regarding the newest Batman film, Member of Parliament Keith Vaz criticized the government board for allowing young children to see it, The Sunday Times of London reported. The BBFC should realize there are scenes of gratuitous violence in 'The Dark Knight'...

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2008-07-31 15:05:19

The British government said on Thursday that Britain could give all computer games cinema-style age ratings to protect children from increasingly realistic and violent titles. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge has announced a consultation on whether the ratings for games should replicate the system for movies. "The rise of adult-themed games with grown-up plots and advanced graphics had made the old warning system obsolete," said British Culture Minister Margaret Hodge. Violent games like...


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