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Film and video censorship in contemporary Britain

Author: Julian Petley
Publisher: Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press 2011
Edition/Format:   Computer file : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does film and video censorship operate in Britain? Why does it exist? And is too strict? Starting in 1979, the birth of the domestic video industry - and the first year of the Thatcher government - this critical study explains how the censorship of films both in cinemas and on video and DVD has developed in Britain. As well as presenting a detailed analysis of the workings of the British Board of Film  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Petley, Julian, 1949
Film and video censorship in contemporary Britain
Edinburgh : Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2011
VI, 232 S.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Petley
ISBN: 9780748630936 0748630937 9780748625383 0748625380 9780748625390 0748625399
OCLC Number: 967388535
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015).
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 232 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
A nasty story --
Nastier still --
Two or three things I know about 'video nasties' --
'The tenor of the times': an interview with James Ferman --
'Reading society aright': five years after the Video Recordings Act --
The video image --
'Not suitable for home viewing' --
Vicious drivel and lazy sluts --
Doing harm --
The anatomy of a newspaper campaign: Crash --
The last battle, or why Makin' whoopee! matters --
'The way things are now': an interview with Robin Duval --
The limits of the possible --
Full circle.
Other Titles: Film et Video Censorship in Modern Britain
Responsibility: Julian Petley.

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How does film and video censorship operate in Britain? Why does it exist? And is too strict? Starting in 1979, the birth of the domestic video industry - and the first year of the Thatcher government - this critical study explains how the censorship of films both in cinemas and on video and DVD has developed in Britain. As well as presenting a detailed analysis of the workings of the British Board of Film Classification, Petley casts his gaze well beyond the BBFC to analyse the forces which the Board has to take into account when classifying and censoring. These range from laws such as the Video Recordings Act and Obscene Publications Act, and how these are enforced by the police and Crown Prosecution Service and interpreted by the courts, to government policy on matters such as pornography. In discussing a climate heavily coloured by 30 years of lurid 'video nasty' stories propagated by a press which is at once censorious and sensationalist and which has played a key role in bringing about and legitimating one of the strictest systems of film and video/DVD censorship in Europe, this book is notable for the breadth of its contextual analysis, its critical stance and its suggestions for reform of the present system. Key features include: * Detailed case studies of individual instances of censorship, including Last House on the Left, sex videos in the R18 category, and press-inspired campaigns against films such as Child's Play 3 and Crash. * Interviews with central figures * The author's own contemporaneous reports on key moments in the censorship process.

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