Monday, 30 January 2012

film certification

We anticipate that our film will carry a rating of 15 years and above. This is due to the fact that our film contains an atmosphere of strong threat and menace.

‘Suitable only for 15 years and over. No one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema. No one younger than 15 may rent or buy a ‘15’ rated video work.’

Discrimination: ‘The work as a whole must not endorse discriminatory language or behaviour.’

Our film has a mixture of different races and sexualities meaning that no minority has been discriminated against.

Drugs: ‘Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse. The misuse of easily accessible and highly dangerous substances (for example, aerosols or solvents) is unlikely to be acceptable.’

The setting of our film is a reality show; therefore, drugs would not be assessable in this setting.

Horror: ‘Strong threat and menace are permitted unless sadistic or sexualised.’

Although our film does evolve around a sense of threat, it is not sadistic or sexualised menace, the villain is simply trapping the victims in a house as a form of revenge.

Imitable behaviour: Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be copied. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.’

No imitable behaviour can be seen in our film, the way in which the villain traps and kills his victims is elaborate, and would not be easy to replicate.

Language: ‘There may be frequent use of strong language. The strongest terms may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable.’

There would be some strong language featured within our film, which would be used by the victims, but justified within their situation. However, there would be few, if not no uses of the strongest language. No strong language will feature in the trailer.
Nudity: ‘Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail. There are no constraints on nudity in a non-sexual or educational context.’

There is no nudity in our film, making it well suited to the 15 years and above certificate.

Sex: ‘Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context. Works whose primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation are unlikely to be acceptable.’

There are no sexual scenes within our film.

Theme: ‘No theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15 year olds.’

Our film features the theme of revenge and immorality, both of which are completely acceptable for this certification.

Violence: ‘Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable. There may be detailed verbal references to sexual violence but any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification.’

Although the violence in our film could be considered strong, it is not sexual. There may also be gory themes within the films; however they are presented pragmatically rather that visually.

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