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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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‘Reading Society Aright’: Five Years after the Video Recordings Act

‘Reading Society Aright’: Five Years after the Video Recordings Act

(p.63) Chapter 5 ‘Reading Society Aright’: Five Years after the Video Recordings Act
Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Julian Petley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an update regarding film and video censorship five years after the establishment of the Video Recordings Act. It specifically describes the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) Annual Report for 1988. This report stressed its ‘alleged potential for encouraging anti-social violence on the streets of Britain’. The BBFC cut violent material from fifty-four videos and seven films, a total of sixty-three minutes' screen time, in 1988. It was particularly preoccupied with the question of sexual violence, and general violence against women. It was also taken up with what it quaintly called ‘manners’. This turns out to be the problem of bad language. The chapter then investigates some of the issues raised in the Report I through a discussion with the BBFC Director, James Ferman.

Keywords:   British Board of Film Classification, BBFC Annual Report, 1988, Britain, film, video censorship, violent material, sexual violence, women, bad language

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