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Ballerina DVD Ballerina (aka Leap!) is a 2016 France / Canada children’s musical cartoon by Eric Summer and Éric Warin.
Starring Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan and Maddie Ziegler. BBFC link IMDb

Set in 1879 Paris. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.

UK:  A cut Edited Version was passed U uncut for mild threat for:

UK:  The Uncut Version was passed PG for infrequent mild bad language for:

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The BBFC Insight includes the following comment about the PG rated version that is not in the U rated version.

There is a single use of mild bad language (‘bitch’) in the lyrics of a song playing in the background of one scene.

Localised versions have been released for the UK and US and this may explain the different U and PG rated versions.

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Poster Fifty Shades of Black 2016 Michael Tiddes Fifty Shades of Black is a 2016 USA comedy by Michael Tiddes.
Starring Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk and Fred Willard. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship.

It was original passed 18 uncut for cinema for very strong sex references for:

The film distributors appealed to the BBFC for a reconsideration of a 15 rating. The BBFC agreed, commenting:

This work was originally classified 18 with cuts on 27/01/2016. This determination was formally reconsidered by the BBFC at the request of the submitting company. The BBFC carefully considered the arguments put forward by the submitting company, looked again at the relevant submitted material, and concluded that a revision to the original determination was appropriate.

The film is now passed 15 uncut for strong sex references.

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BBFC logo Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 USA romance by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Jennifer Ehle. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

The BBFC has now passed the cinema release as 18 uncut for string sex.

The BBFC adds in its Insight comment:

The film contains strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices. There are also strong verbal references to such practices and the instruments used.

No doubt the distributors are pleased as US Hollywood films are very restrictive on the amount of sex allowed and there was a fear that the film was heading towards 15 territory.

For comparison, other countries have rated the film as follows:

  • US: R rated (17A in UK ratings terminology) for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.
  • Australia: rated MA15+ (15A in UK ratings terminology) for strong sex scenes, sexual themes and nudity
  • Czech Republic: 15
  • Sweden: 15
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Slaughterhouse Blu ray Joe B Barton Slaughterhouse is a 1987 USA comedy horror by Rick Roessler.
Starring Joe B Barton, Don Barrett and Sherry Leigh. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, gore, threat with all previous cuts waived for:

  • 2015 88 Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd February 2015

UK Censorship History

Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1989 VHS. Later uncut for 2015 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

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Kes DVD David Bradley Kes is a 1969 UK drama by Ken Loach.
With David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher and Lynne Perrie. YouTube icon IMDbThe BBFC received Ken Loach’s Kes for classification in May 1969. The original examiner reports written for the classification of Kes in 1969 are unfortunately no longer available, but letters sent by Stephen Murphy (BBFC Secretary 1971-1975) in reply to complaints made about use of bad language in the film do reveal the thinking behind the classification of Kes.

In a 1972 letter, Murphy informs the complainant that a U certificate was the most appropriate category for the film at the time – with the categorisation then available, to have given KES anything but a ‘U’ certificate would have been positively immoral .

In another letter from 1972 Stephen Murphy explains the positive values of the picture were more than compensation for any irritation caused by some authentic dialogue, much of which, for example the word ‘bugger, is not regarded as offensive in the area where the film was shot (indeed it is often a term of affection).

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The Prime Miss Jean Brodie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was classified X by the BBFC in January 1969.

Twentieth Century Fox asked the Board to reconsider in order to allow a wider audience to appreciate the film, believing that an X certificate implied that a film was more extreme or adult than they considered their production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to be.

BBFC Director John Trevelyan explains to Fox, in a letter published here, that the X certificate will remain due to the potential for the eponymous teacher to influence young girls, and that in a sense our decision is a compliment to the film and to [Maggie Smith’s] performance .

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Mrs Doubtfire Blu ray Robin Williams Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 US comedy by Chris Columbus
With Robin Williams & Sally Field. YouTube icon IMDbUK: Passed 12 for moderate sex references for:

  • UK 2013 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th March 2012

Censorship History

Passed PG-13 in the US

Originally passed 12 uncut by the BBFC for 1993 cinema release. However the distributors decided to cut out the fruity innuendo for a PG rated cinema release.

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  • removed of 13 seconds of dialogueMrs. Doubtfire: You know, dear! Sink the sub! Hide the Weasel? Park the porpoise? Bit of the old humpty dumpty? Little Jack Horny? The horizontal Mambo?
    Stuart: Mrs. Doubtfire….
    Mrs. Doubtfire: The bone dance, eh? Rumpleforeskin? Baloney bop? Bit of the old cunning linguistics? Hm?
    Stuart : Mrs. Doubtfire, please!

The cut PG cinema version was then released for the 1984 VHS and the same version continued to be released for home until the 2001 DVD

The cuts were waived in 2003 for a still PG rated DVD release which was reissued in 2007 without BBFC submission.

In 2012 the BBFC upped the certificate to 12 uncut for the 2013 Blu-ray release.

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Robin Williams stars as difficult actor and husband, Daniel Hillard, who separates acrimoniously from his wife (Sally Field) and receives a court order limiting his visits to his children. As a result he dresses up as a Scottish nanny and gets gainful employment with his ex-wife looking after his own kids. Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone).