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BBFC bans film in UK

18-Certificate.jpgIt's been some time since the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) banned a film in the UK, but Nick Palumbo's Murder Set Pieces has just fallen fowl of the board and will not be enjoying a DVD release.

Not only that but they've raised the concern that the film may actually be illegal in the UK when viewed against the UK's Protection of Children Act.

It seems, and bear in mind that I haven't seen the film myself and am just quoting from the Variety article on the film, shows some pretty strong scenes of children being terrorised and murdered. Here's what the BBFC had to say about Murder Set Pieces:

"...is a feature with a single-minded focus on the activities of a psychopathic sexual serial killer, who, throughout the film, is seen raping, torturing and murdering his victims. Young children are among those terrorized and killed, and their inclusion in this abusive context is an added concern. In relation to the adult victims, there is a clear focus on sex or sexual behavior accompanied by non-consensual pain, injury and humiliation."

David Cooke, the director of the BBFC, said that the decision was not made hastily and careful consideration was given as to whether they could make cuts to the film and still make it watchable, but it seems that just wouldn't have worked:

"Rejecting a work outright is a serious matter and the board considered whether the issue could be dealt with through cuts...However, given the unacceptable content featured throughout, and that what remains is essentially preparatory and set-up material for the unacceptable scenes, cutting the work is not a viable option in this case and the work is therefore refused a classification."

Of course what happens now is that everyone starts talking about the film and want to see it, and with the availability that the Internet offers you can of course just buy copies online or download them.

The BBFC haven't been as negative on films for some time, ever since they began relaxing their own rules, and although we may complain about the odd seemingly unnecessary cut, they're nowhere near as bad as the American MPAA.

So it flashes even bigger warning signs when they do ban a film these days, gone are the reactionary Chucky days, despite what the idiotic British Prime Minister that no one voted for wants.

Has anyone actually seen the film Murder Set Pieces and can comment on it? I'm judging from the 3.7 score from over one thousand viewers, it doesn't even matter because the film is just so bad.



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