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BBFC Classification guidance, 13/01/14 [E/NI/S/W]

The BBFC has published changes to the guidelines which have been made as a result of a public consultation involving more than 10,000 people.

They include: Greater weight will be given to the theme and tone of a film or video, particularly around the 12A/12 and 15 level; Particular attention will be given to the psychological impact of horror, as well as strong visual detail such as gore; Regarding language, the public wants the BBFC to be stricter with the language allowed at U and more flexible about allowing very strong language at 15. Context, not just frequency, is the most important factor in how language in films is perceived by the public. The new guidelines will come into force on 24 February 2014.

For full details see the BBFC website.

Further Information

Classification guidance