Behind the Scenes at the BBFC

Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age

Editors: Lamberti, Edward (Ed.)

  • Official history of the British Board of Film Classification
  • BFI is planning a major season to mark the BBFC's centenary in November 2012, curated by wellknown film critic Mark Kermode, with screenings and panel discussions etc our book will be tied in to this season and promoted alongside it
  • Book to include case studies of controversial films and film genres (e.g. the 'Video Nasties' furore of the 1980s)
  • Illustrated with material from the BBFC's archive and will include a colour plate section
  • Contributors have been given full access to the BBFC's rich archive showing the rich and occasionally weird world of film classification 
  • First edited collection about the BBFC, presenting a range of individual viewpoints on a hundred years of BBFC history
  • Includes new research drawn from extensive access to the BBFC files
  • Published on the occasion of the BBFC's 100th anniversary
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About this book

This official history of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) draws on unprecedented access to the BBFC's archives to trace 100 years of film classification, with contributions from leading film critics and historians and case studies of controversial films such as Battleship Potemkin and A Clockwork Orange.

About the authors

EDWARD LAMBERTI is Information Services Manager at the BBFC and a PhD candidate in the Film Studies department
at King's College London.

Associate Editors: Jason Green, David Hyman, Craig Lapper and Karen Myers.

Reviews

This book thoughtfully presents current practices in the frame of past contexts as part of an ongoing debate about what audiences might want from 'their' classifiers.' - Sight & Sound

'This is a key book and I would reckon that it is a must for any library used by staff and students engaging with British Film and British filmgoing. It is well produced with an accessible layout.' - Media Education Journal

'The history of the BBFC, as documented in this fascinating new book, is littered with controversies, scandals and accusations of butchering great works of art...The book spans the entire history of the organisation, from silent film, through the 'video nasties' furore of the 1980s right up to the present day. It is well researched and written from a number of perspectives, both from within and outisde the BBFC.' - Cinema Retro 

"A remarkably accessible history, which may appeal especially to readers interested in film distribution, British film history but equally to readers outside the sphere of film and media studies with a broad interest in issues of censorship as a well written history of a unique case study." - Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Behind the Scenes at the BBFC
Book Subtitle
Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age
Editors
  • Edward Lamberti
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-476-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
240
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