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Hate Crime - BBFC Denies Classification

Home Invasion Thriller Gets Rejected in the UK

The thriller Hate Crime was produced in 2012 and shows in found footage style how a group of neonazis break into the house of a Jewish family and sadistically tortures them. When submitted to the British ratings board BBFC, their screening process ended with a clear result: they rejected the picture and deemed it impossible to issue a rating.

HATE CRIME focuses on the terrorisation, mutilation, physical and sexual abuse and murder of the members of a Jewish family by the Neo Nazi thugs who invade their home. The physical and sexual abuse and violence are accompanied by constant strong verbal racist abuse. Little context is provided for the violence beyond an on-screen statement at the end of the film that the two attackers who escaped were subsequently apprehended and that the one surviving family member was released from captivity.It is the Board's carefully considered conclusion that the unremitting manner in which HATE CRIME focuses on physical and sexual abuse, aggravated by racist invective, means that to issue a classification to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board's Guidelines, would risk potential harm, and would be unacceptable to broad public opinion. The Board considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the fact that unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this case and the work is therefore refused a classification.

In the meantime, the film's director James Cullen Bressack responded and didn't have much praise for the decision.

via haddonfieldhorror: "I am honoured to know that my mind is officially too twisted for the UK. So it goes … I find it unbelievable that a film that shows little to no on screen violence and no nudity was actually banned. it just shows the power of what is implied and peoples imagination; and is a testament to the fact that the same crimes that happen in the world are truly horrifying."

Since a censored version seems impossible, as well, potential buyers will have to look in the US to get a hold of the film.

Release: Mar 05, 2015 - Author: Rüdiger - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: BBFC

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