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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 Way Things Are Now’: An Interview with Robin Duval

‘The Way Things Are Now’: An Interview with Robin Duval

(p.163) Chapter 12 ‘The Way Things Are Now’: An Interview with Robin Duval
Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Julian Petley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an interview with Robin Duval. One of the difficulties with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) throughout a large part of its history was that it left an awfully large space available for newspapers and others who were hostile to the Board to fill in their own interpretations. It is asked whether the Video Recordings Act simply mistake offensiveness for harmfulness. The only way in which to deal with films fairly is to start from first principles in terms of the way things are now. It is suspected that the ‘gentleman's agreement’ has been comprehensively forgotten by the Crown Prosecution Service. The chapter also mentions that the ‘R18’ affair had long been a running sore for the BBFC.

Keywords:   British Board of Film Classification, Robin Duval, newspapers, Video Recordings Act, gentleman's agreement, Crown Prosecution Service, R18

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