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Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain$
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Julian Petley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625383

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625383.001.0001

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The Anatomy of a Newspaper Campaign: Crash

The Anatomy of a Newspaper Campaign: Crash

(p.115) Chapter 10 The Anatomy of a Newspaper Campaign: Crash
Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Julian Petley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) being bullied by Associated Newspapers to restrain it into banning David Cronenberg's Crash, and to encourage local councils to do likewise. It specifically demonstrates how the Daily Mail and its stable-mate the London Evening Standard signally failed in their campaign to get Crash banned from cinemas nationally. Alexander Walker charges the film of ‘promulgating a perverted creed’. He is simply making the classic mistake of assuming that whatever a film shows it also endorses. The inclusion of Crash in the London Film Festival gave the Mail and Standard the opportunity to pressure the BBFC before it had had a chance to classify the film. Crash was a huge critical and commercial success in France. Westminster Council renewed its ban on Crash soon after.

Keywords:   Crash, British Board of Film Classification, David Cronenberg, Daily Mail, London Evening Standard, Alexander Walker, London Film Festival, Westminster Council, France

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