Mike has met with executives at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to gain a better understanding of the regulator and its work.
Mike was invited to the headquarters of the BBFC in central London and given a tour of the building whilst discussing the ‘exempt’ category which is not actually classified by the BBFC. Videos which are designed to educate, inform or instruct or which are concerned with music, sport or religion are exempt from classification unless they contain certain extreme content. Mike was shocked though by some of the material that is in fact exempt from classification.
The British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912 and has classified videos/DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984. It is independent, self-financing and not-for-profit. For more information, please see www.bbfc.co.uk.
Commenting, Mike said: “It was fascinating to see first-hand the work that BBFC undertakes and having met with representatives before, I was aware of the important work that they do. It was a very informative visit and I was given a demonstration of the classification process. I particularly look forward to working with the BBFC in the future to help solve the exemption gap.”