Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Rating a film


When producing a film you must have a rating so you can hit your target audience, so I decided to do  a bit of research into what rating out of 15 and 18 would be best suited for my film. I decided it would be 15 due to the research I did into this. 

What might I see in a 15 rated film or video?

Any of the following:
  •   strong violence
  •  frequent strong language (e.g. 'f***').
  •   portrayals of sexual activity
  •   strong verbal references to sex
  •   sexual nudity
  •   brief scenes of sexual violence or verbal references to sexual violence
  •   discriminatory language or behaviour
  •   drug taking

How much strong language is allowed in a 15?

There could potentially be a great deal. At 15 there is no upper limit on the number of uses of strong language (e.g. f***). Occasionally there may be uses of the strongest terms (e.g. c***), depending on the manner in which they are used, who is using the language, its frequency and any special contextual justification. However, continued or aggressive use will not normally be passed 15.

What about discriminatory or offensive terms?

There may be racist, homophobic or other discriminatory language, and the work could explore themes relating to this.
However, at 15 the work as a whole must not endorse discriminatory language or behaviour.

How much sex and nudity is allowed at 15?

Though nudity may be allowed in a sexual context there will usually be no strong detail. There are no constraints on nudity in a non-sexual or educational context. There can be strong references to sex and sexual behavior, but especially strong or crude references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context. At 15 sexual activity can be portrayed, but usually without strong detail. Some sex scenes can be quite long at this category. Sex and sex references are treated the same irrespective of sexuality

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