The Anatomy of a Newspaper Campaign: <i>Crash</i>

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:
The Anatomy of a Newspaper Campaign: Crash

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This chapter presents the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) being bullied by Associated Newspapers to restrain it into banning David Cronenberg's Crash, and to encourage local councils to do likewise. It specifically demonstrates how the Daily Mail and its stable-mate the London Evening Standard signally failed in their campaign to get Crash banned from cinemas nationally. Alexander Walker charges the film of ‘promulgating a perverted creed’. He is simply making the classic mistake of assuming that whatever a film shows it also endorses. The inclusion of Crash in the London Film Festival gave the Mail and Standard the opportunity to pressure the BBFC before it had had a chance to classify the film. Crash was a huge critical and commercial success in France. Westminster Council renewed its ban on Crash soon after.

Keywords: Crash; British Board of Film Classification; David Cronenberg; Daily Mail; London Evening Standard; Alexander Walker; London Film Festival; Westminster Council; France

Chapter.  6312 words. 

Subjects: Film

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