Tuesday November 1st 2011
In a week where ‘relaxed’ censorship, violence in cinema and utterly stupid horror films are being blamed for the sickening crimes of a deeply disturbed individual, it’s refreshing to see the BBFC promoting openness, accountability and debate with their new weekly podcast…
Corny theme music aside, the podcast is an interesting look at the current state of movie censorship in the UK from two of the BBFC’s resident examiners James Blatch and Mark Dawson. Across half an hour they discuss the ratings of recent releases such as The Change-Up (‘a baby sprays faeces mainly into Jason Bateman’s mouth’) and The Skin I Live In (‘I still can’t actually tell you whether it contains sexual violence or not’) as well as the history of the BBFC from its humble beginnings in 1912 right through to the present day.
Most people will be bored out of their minds but I fucking love it.