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10 controversial films rejected by the BBFC

Posted on 10 October 2016

Before a new film is released, the government require all work to be submitted to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), who is an independent, co-regulatory body that classify films, trailers, advertisements and other works on behalf of the local authorities who license cinemas. If a piece of work is rejected without classification, then that piece of work would be illegal to sell or supply.

Reasons why a work may be cut can come down to various criteria such as the context when issues such as sex, bad language or violence is present within a film. The theme of a work is also considered, the most challenging themes include drug misuse, sexual violence, paedophilia, racial hatred or violence and finally the tone of a work, such as a despairing view of the world.

In our infographic we take a look at 10 films where the original cut has been rejected by the BBFC, just take a look!