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U.K. FILM CENSORS TO EXPAND VIDEO REACH

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s film censorship board intends to begin rating home video categories that have previously been exempt from them. Describing its policy change as a “technical adjustment” to the U.K. Video Recordings Act, The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) said that it would now include music videos, historical documentaries and sports videos in its purview. It cited such examples as the music videos of bands like Slipknot and Gorgoroth, which often have violent themes; the documentary The Bitch of Buchenwald, about the sadistic wife of the concentration camp commander; and extreme sports videos, including the Cage Rage series. Those films, it concluded, are potentially harmful to children and should be rated as such to “help prevent children from being exposed to strongly violent or sexual content, whether in music videos, instructional DVDs or documentaries,” BBFC director David Cooke said in the board’s annual report.