A Nasty Story

Julian Petley

in Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748625383
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670871 | DOI:
A Nasty Story

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This chapter describes in detail the video nasty affair. This started with complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the British Videogram Association (BVA) and members of the public about the gruesome nature of the advertising for certain cassettes. The British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) and the BVA were establishing a working party to prepare a classification strategy for videos similar to that used in cinemas. Gareth Wardell introduced a Bill under the ten-minute rule ‘to prohibit the rental of video cassettes of adult category to children and young persons’. Graham Bright reviewed the main features of his Bill to the press. It then explores some of the implications of the proposed legislation. Opposition to the media hysteria and the ill-conceived legislation rushed through parliament has been almost non-existent, and the outrage stoked up over ‘video nasties’ is bound to spill over into other areas of expression.

Keywords: video nasty affair; Advertising Standards Authority; British Videogram Association; advertising; British Board of Film Censors; Gareth Wardell; working party; Graham Bright; legislation

Chapter.  4720 words. 

Subjects: Film

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