New UK guidelines for films depicting sexual violence

Posted Tuesday 22 Jan 2019

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new guidelines which include a key change to the classification of films which include scenes of rape and other forms of sexual violence. The change means that no film that contains depictions of rape and strong sexual violence will be allowed a rating below 15. The guidelines also say depictions of sexual violence in 15-rated films must not be "detailed or prolonged". Little or no change is being made to guidelines around swearing or non-sexual violence.