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The Angel's Share - Two versions in the UK

BBFC 15 theatrical version on DVD, BBFC 18 on BD

Ken Loach, the director of the British comedy The Angel's Share, is not amused about the BBFC's behaviour regarding their evaluation of obscene language. In order to give the more lucrative BBFC 15 rating, the board demanded a reduction of bad language.

Loach told The Guardian:

We were allowed seven 'cunts'… but only two of them could be aggressive 'cunts'.

Scriptwriter Paul Laverty said a bit more and added critique that other aspects such as graphic violence aren't rated as strict as language:

'You wee cunt' is often a term of endearment, [...] But [the BBFC] transpose it as if it were on a public address system at the Royal Opera. They take it out of context. They have an obsession with that word. There are many films they have given a 15 certificate to that I think are full of pornographic violence or racism or cruelty that is not fit for 15-year-olds, and they show that with no problem at all, so I think there is tremendous hypocrisy.

The BBFC did not hesitate to comment on those statements and gave an answer (that doesn't deal with the point the filmmakers make):

There are numerous cases where film-makers make changes to achieve a lower classification and other cases where they do not make changes and a higher classification is accepted. The choice is always that of the film-maker and distributor.

This very choice was made by distributor Entertainment One. They decided to cut the film for a BBFC 15 rating in theaters. On DVD and Blu-ray, the situation is the same as it turned out recently with The Hunger Games. The DVD only has the censored theatrical version on board while the Blu-ray contains the uncut BBFC 18 variant of the movie. You can order it here.

Release: Sep 10, 2012 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Guardian

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