Doing Harm

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:
Doing Harm

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This chapter highlights that Juice was later separated for particular praise for its moral stance by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). It also explores the works on how the Board operated under the improved Video Recordings Act. The role of the press in the censorship process looms large in the Annual Report. The BBFC's pusillanimity in the face of newspaper campaigns against certain films, or certain kinds of films, is all the more puzzling since its report to Michael Howard actually contains some very useful snapshots of real public opinion properly gathered, and not populist ranting posing in the press as ‘public opinion’. Panics which the BBFC itself openly admits are ill-founded but which it treats as a symptom of ‘public opinion’ rather than dismissing them with the contempt such populist antics deserve.

Keywords: censorship; press; Juice; British Board of Film Classification; Video Recordings Act; Annual Report; newspaper campaigns; Michael Howard; public opinion

Chapter.  2963 words. 

Subjects: Film

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