Date: 14th September 2000

Britain's Censor Board Says It Will Relax Regulations

Ironically, the Congressional calls for tighter U.S. restrictions on films came on the same day that the British Board of Film Classification unveiled new, relaxed guidelines for 18-rated (comparable to R-rated) movies. The British online entertainment Web site Ananova quoted a spokeswoman for the BBFC as saying, "We will be intervening less because we accept that people believe adults should be able to watch what they want." BBFC director Robin Duval said that the board will order cuts only "on the rare occasion where a film 'promotes' violent or dangerous activities, gives instructive detail of illegal drugs use or contains particularly explicit sexual images."

Source: Studio Briefing