Magazine article Screen International

The Hunger Games Tweaked in Britain for 12A

Magazine article Screen International

The Hunger Games Tweaked in Britain for 12A

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Seven seconds cut to "reduce an emphasis on blood and injury".

Gary Ross' upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult novel The Hunger Games has been cut in Britain to achieve a 12A classification.

Seven seconds of cuts, some or all of which were substitutions, were made at the request of the distributor Lionsgate and all in one scene. The cuts were implemented by "digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons" and an uncut 15 version was available.

These were made in addition to earlier advice given by the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) to Lionsgate after viewing the film in an unfinished form during post-production. When it was submitted for formal classification, "cuts had been made in four scenes of violence and in one scene showing details of injuries. …

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