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British Board of Film Classification
The BBFC issues all films released in the UK with a certificate that restricts audiences based on the film's content - themes, language, nudity, sex, violence, horror, drugs and inimitable behaviour. The British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body and has been operating since 1911.
cert u Universal - suitable for all.
Should be suitable for audiences aged 4 and over. Works aimed at children should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror.
cert pg Parental Guidance - general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for some children.
Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around 8 or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.
cert 12 Suitable for 12 years and over.
No-one younger than 12 may see a '12A' film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a '12' rated video.
cert 15 Suitable only for 15 years and over.
No-one younger than 15 may see a '15' film in a cinema or rent or buy a '15' rated video.
cert 18 Suitable only for adults.
No-one younger than 18 may see an '18' film in a cinema or rent or buy an '18' rated video.
bbfc site The BBFC website contains listings including all recent decisions, guidelines and more.
See also Shadows' Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) page.
2003 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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