The BBFC Annual Report… In Numbers

Thursday, July 23 2015
The BBFC Annual Report… In Numbers

“When’s the report going to be ready?” The patient folk at the BBFC have been asked that question since January 2015, at least by us at The Raygun and very probably beyond that too. For anyone interested in the film and video business, the arrival of the annual BBFC report is an exciting time. Stretching back […]

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The Going Rate

Tuesday, July 21 2015
The Going Rate

If anyone has any doubts as to trends in the entertainment business, to the sea-change affect the film and video industries, then they need look no further than the annual BBFC report. The 2014 tome has just been published, offering up a sweeping look at our business in terms of where it’s heading. What’s more […]

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BBFC’s Role In An Online World

Friday, January 24 2014
BBFC’s Role In An Online World

During the brouhaha that followed the unveiling of the BBFC’s classification guidelines, some of the more important elements of the findings – and the research efforts that went in to them – went almost unnoticed. For as the Daily Mail went into overdrive about the supposed loosening of some of BBFC’s ratings, frothing about a […]

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The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

Wednesday, July 24 2013
The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

The annual report from the BBFC always makes for fascinating reading, it’s one of the publications that we genuinely look forward to receiving. The 2012 report, just published, is no exception. There’s the headline facts – films ups, DVD submissions stabilising although still down from their record high a few years ago, and, as much of […]

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Human Behaviour

Friday, December 14 2012
Human Behaviour

There’s been something of a storm this week, swirling around Soho Square, the headquarters of the BBFC, as the organisation unveiled its  latest research into sexual violence in films. The seemingly uncontroversial announcement – that it was, in effect, toughening up its stance on material of that ilk, although it would still be viewing each […]

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Book Review: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC

Friday, December 14 2012
Book Review: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC

In a week when the BBFC once again found itself in the headlines, with its updated research on sexual violence in films published, to a huge press and, particularly, online hubbub, it’s been fascinating dipping in to Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (BFI), a weighty, near-coffee table-sized tome just published to mark the 100th […]

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A Class Act

Thursday, August 16 2012
A Class Act

With the BBFC celebrating a momentous occasion in its history – this year marks its 100th anniversary – what better time for the classification organisation to launch its own line of merchandising? The line – T-shirts and mugs pictured here, as well as canvas bags – trade on the iconic status the British Board Of […]

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The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

Wednesday, July 25 2012
The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

The arrival of the annual BBFC report is always something of an occasion. It provides plenty of  tabloid (and broadsheet) titillation, this year the headlines were caused by Black Swan, the most complained about film of 2011. But there’s plenty more to it than mentions of lesbian sex, an excuse for cheap gags and some […]

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A Franchise With Legs

Monday, October 31 2011
A Franchise With Legs

After having seen both his Human Centipede outings, The First Sequence and the most recent entrant into what is fast becoming one of the most notorious horror franchises of recent years, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), you’d be forgiven for feeling a bit nervous when meeting their director and creator Tom Six. And it […]

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Henry: Portrait Of An 18 Certificate

Thursday, October 20 2011
Henry: Portrait Of An 18 Certificate

Its now almost 20 years since Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer made its video debut, in a heavily censored form. Now, ahead of its Blu-ray bow courtesy of Studiocanal (it looks great and has lost none of its power), sometime Raygun contributor Ian Gilchrist, who worked on its original release looks back on the battle […]

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Bunny Ban Is No Game

Friday, October 14 2011
Bunny Ban Is No Game

Another week, another film, as the BBFC has announced that it has rejected The Bunny Game, from Trinity’s Trinity X imprint, for classification. We thought we’d put not only the BBFC’s full statement up here, but also reaction from Trinity, the film’s director and other interested parties. Here’s the full rabbit about the Bunny… The […]

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Human Behaviour – Comment

Tuesday, June 14 2011
Human Behaviour – Comment

The announcement last week by the BBFC that it was refusing  to grant a certificate to The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) – to give it its full title – brought the issue of film classification sharply back into focus again. More so than some of its other recent decisions – say, Grotesque or, even more […]

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Centipede Saga Has Legs

Tuesday, June 14 2011
Centipede Saga Has Legs

Bounty Films, the UK rights-holder for The Human Centipede 2, and its UK distribution partner Eureka, have jointly announced their decision to appeal against the BBFC’s refusal to grant the film a certificate. Here’s their full, joint statement and, below that, the BBFC’s original announcement :   “Within the last week, the BBFC (British Board […]

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