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The British Board of Film Classification are at the very heart of the censorship debate in the UK, a non-governmental organisation set up by the film industry in 1912 that has been deciding what audiences can see ever since. But how do they reach decisions on age ratings? What makes the difference between a 12A and 15 scene? What material might possibly need to be cut - and why? And how has the wild west of the internet age changed how they operate?

This behind the scenes look at the work of the BBFC details both the history of the British Board of Classification and how modern Classification Guidelines are interpreted when applying age ratings to films. BBFC Education Officer Emily Fussell will discuss the legal and ethical considerations of BBFC Compliance Officers, and illustrate her talk with clips from feature films, trailers, DVD and digital works across the age ratings, as well as answer questions after the presentation.

Warning! Contains sex, violence and decisions you may not agree with.

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