Magazine article Screen International

BBFC Changes Paddington 'Sex' Advice

Magazine article Screen International

BBFC Changes Paddington 'Sex' Advice

Article excerpt

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from "mild sex references" to "innuendo" for the new Paddington film.

The BBFC has altered its guidance for upcoming family film Paddington after an approach from film distributor StudioCanal.

The feature, rated PG, was originally classified with the advice: "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references, mild bad language".

But when the decision was published on the BBFC website, Paddington's distributor requested a reconsideration of the insight for the film, specifically to the description: 'mild sex references' and more clarity to the frequency of mild bad language.

Paddington author Michael Bond was also reported to be "totally amazed" at the BBFC's advice.

Subsequently the BBFC agreed to alter the term 'mild sex references' to 'innuendo' and added clarity to the frequency of mild bad language. The revised BBFC insight for the film reads: dangerous behaviour, mild threat, innuendo, infrequent mild bad language.

The BBFC ruled that the content in the film went beyond its 'U' guidelines and stated that the distributor was content with the PG certificate for the film. …

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