Certificate

Research

U

Films are generally passed at a rating of U if they have a positive tone, and meet the following criteria:

  • Children films will generally have themes that promote friendship, loyalty, and honesty
  • Very mild language such as ‘damn’ can be infrequently used
  • Kissing, cuddling, and references to sexual behaviour are allowed, however, to no overt extent will sexual behaviour, language or innuendo be mentioned
  • Very mild violence can be shown, with no emphasis on any weapons villain characters may carry or use. All violence and threat should be quickly resolved to a positive tone
  • Drugs can be mentioned as long as it is in a very clear anti-drug or educational context, or in references, such as to the ‘Opium wars’ that young children won’t register

Examples of films that have this age rating are:

  • Casablanca
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope

This information has been found at: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/u

PG

Films are generally passed at a rating of PG if they have …, and meet the following criteria:

  • Does not contain any themes inappropriate for a child
  • Non-aggressive, infrequent, and contextual strong language
  • Sexual references may be included as long as a child is unlikely to understand, comedy may lessen  the impact
  • Mild, non-graphical, and not prolonged violence can be allowed; historical, comedic and fantasy settings allows violence to be more acceptable due to the ‘distancing’ they provide

Examples of films that have this age rating are:

  • Jurassic Park
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

This information has been found at: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/pg

12/12A

Films are generally passed at a rating of 12/12A if they have a positive tone, and meet the following criteria:

  • Infrequent strong language, though puns on it is accepted
  • No discriminatory material, unless clearly condemned
  • Brief and discreet nudity is allowed, as well as sexual puns/references, but nothing crude
  • Violence is allowed, but shouldn’t emphasise details such as blood or injury unless strongly justified, or be glamourised in any form
  • Moderate physical and psychological threat is allowed, as long as disturbing sequences aren’t frequent or sustained

This information has been found at: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/12a-and-12

Examples of films that have this age rating are:

  • The Hunger Games
  • The King’s Speech
  • Titanic

15

Films are generally passed at a rating of 15 if they meet the following criteria:

  • Frequent strong language is acceptable, however, continued or aggressive use is not
  • Discrimination is accepted but the film as a whole mustn’t endorse it
  • Sexual activity is allowed to be portrayed, but shouldn’t include strong or graphic detail
  • All nudity is acceptable in a non-sexual or educational context
  • Strong violence is acceptable, but mustn’t focus on the infliction of pain or injury, and stong sadistic or sexual violence is generally unacceptable
  • Strong physical and psychological threat is allowed, as long as it is not too gory, sadistic or sexualised

This information has been found at: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/15

Examples of films that have this age rating are:

  • The World’s End
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • The Last Samurai

18

Films are generally passed at a rating of 18 if they meet the following criteria:

  • Frequent strong language (e.g. ‘f***’) and / or very strong language (e.g. ‘c***’), discriminatory language and behaviour are allowed
  • Scenes of sexual violence, strong portrayals of sexual activity, and real sex (in some circumstances) can be shown
  • Strong horror, with strong blood and gore
  • Very strong violence

Examples of films that have this age rating are:

  • The Hangover
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • The Crow

This information has been found at: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/18

Our Trailer

07.09.2014

Whilst we haven’t finalised either our target age group or the film’s certificate, we have currently decided that a certificate of 15 could be appropriate, as it allows for a larger audience accessibility than a certificate of 18, whilst still allowing more serious themes and tones to be explored and used in the film.

Having had a quick look at the most popular drama films category on http://www.imdb.com/genre/drama/?ref_=gnr_mn_dr_mp I noted that many of the films were either a 12/12A certificate, or an 18, which could be another factor which leads to the adjusting of our certification.

25.09.2014

We have decided the certificate our film will adhere to is a 15, although the trailer will be appropriate for a 12, possibly even PG, to ensure that should it get the opportunity to be broadcast on TV it will do so before the watershed, therefore increasing the number of consumers who will see the trailer.

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