Ever wondered why ‘The Dark Knight’ was given a 12A rating? Or why ‘A Clockwork Orange’ was banned?
On Saturday the Hippodrome audience can get the answers to all these questions and more with an evening with the British Board of Film Classification.
The event, part of the Hippodrome in Bo’ness centenary celebrations, will see BBFC director David Cooke and senior film examiner Craig Lapper take the audience through key milestones in the history of the BBFC, illustrated with artefacts and film clips, and closing with an audience question and answer session.
The BBFC was established as the British Board of Film Censors in 1912, the same year the Hippodrome opened. While some issues, such as criminal behaviour, have remained abiding concerns at the BBFC, other issues have declined in importance, such as nudity, whereas others, like racism and discrimination, have become more problematic.
The presentation is rated 18 and will be preceded by a reception with refreshments.
Alison Strauss Arts Development Officer (Film and Media) at Falkirk Community Trust said: “We are thrilled to host this event as part of our centenary year celebrations.
“This 18-rated evening is sure to reveal a host of fascinating detail behind the examiners’ decisions over the last hundred years and we are particularly honoured that the event will be co-hosted by the director of the BBFC, David Cooke.”
Tickets for ‘From Cuts to Classification: The BBFC at 100’ are £5.85 (£4.55) and are available from the Steeple Box Office on Falkirk High Street or by calling (01324) 506850.