Glitter *and* a pair of red velvet curtains? The BBFC black card just got fabulous.

Tuesday July 17th 2012

The BBFC may be turning 100 years old this summer, but it only took 10-year-old schoolboy Jason Bangar the best part of an hour to outdo a century’s worth of their ‘black cards’ when he knocked together the above design. Cue press release:

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has announced the winner of their centenary competition for kids. 10 year old Jason Bangar from Birmingham will have his BBFC Black Card design shown ahead of every cinema screening of summer blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (U), which opens on 3 August.

Jason entered a design after his teacher saw the competition advertised on the BBFC Children’s website CBBFC. The competition is part of the BBFC’s centenary celebrations, with all entries judged by BBFC Education Officer Lucy Brett and Demir Yavuz, Technical Manager at 20th Century Fox.

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, President of Film Distributors’ Association, said: ‘I offer my warmest congratulations to Jason, whose design brilliantly captures the uniquely special excitement of the cinema experience, and to everyone at the BBFC as it celebrates its centenary year in fine style.’

‘Blockbuster’ might be putting it a bit strong for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, but still — not bad for a 10-year-old is it? It’s just a shame they’re limiting it to one film. I’d be happy to see Jason’s work plastered across every single one of this summer’s movies. I can imagine it now:

Sadly, there is one tragic caveat tucked away at the bottom of the press release that brings the awesomeness of this whole thing down from 100% to somewhere nearer 45%:

‘The design will be replicated by a professional designer…’

Way to rain on the parade, guys.

Miraculous update:

I’ve just had this e-mail through from somebody at the BBFC…

‘Thank you for covering the winning BBFC black card story. I wanted to let you know the card won’t be changed further for cinema use. By saying the card is to be ‘replicated by a designer’ we meant only to adjust it for cinema ratios and add the film title and elements legally required for all black cards. The design posted is the final design to be shown before all screenings.’

There is a god after all.