‘The Way Things Are Now’: An Interview with Robin Duval

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 Way Things Are Now’: An Interview with Robin Duval

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This chapter presents an interview with Robin Duval. One of the difficulties with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) throughout a large part of its history was that it left an awfully large space available for newspapers and others who were hostile to the Board to fill in their own interpretations. It is asked whether the Video Recordings Act simply mistake offensiveness for harmfulness. The only way in which to deal with films fairly is to start from first principles in terms of the way things are now. It is suspected that the ‘gentleman's agreement’ has been comprehensively forgotten by the Crown Prosecution Service. The chapter also mentions that the ‘R18’ affair had long been a running sore for the BBFC.

Keywords: British Board of Film Classification; Robin Duval; newspapers; Video Recordings Act; gentleman's agreement; Crown Prosecution Service; R18

Chapter.  4444 words. 

Subjects: Film

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