British Film Institute to mark 100 years of the BBFC with season of banned and controversial films

Curated by Mark Kermode, BFI Uncut will see the likes of Crash, Pink Flamingos and The Evil Dead screened in full in London

The British Film Institute (BFI) is marking the British Board of Film Classification’s (BBFC) centenary with a season of films that have been censored or banned by the Board over the last 100 years.


Exploring cinematic depictions of horror, violence and sexual depravity, the BFI’s Uncut season will include screenings of such controversial movies as David Cronenberg’s Crash, Sam Raimi’s cult classic The Evil Dead and Steven Spielberg’s family favourite Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – complete with its infamously excised heart-ripping scene.

Kicking off on Thursday 1 November and running until the end of the month, the season is curated by Mark Kermode and Professor Linda Ruth Williams and will give film fans the chance to see some of the most contentious movies ever released, while illustrating how attitudes at the BBFC have changed over the past century.

Audiences will also be able to take part in discussions about censorship during special events held over the season, which include an illustrated talk about the history of the BBFC, a panel discussion between Kermode, BBFC Director David Cooke and two academics and a Q&A session due to take place after a showing of the documentary Timeshift: Dear Censor… The secret archive of the British Board of Film Classification.

Other notorious films due to be screened over the season include Enter the Dragon, No Orchids for Miss Blandish, Cape Fear and Pink Flamingos.

Talking about the season, David Cooke said: “The BBFC’s centenary gives us a double opportunity: to showcase our initiatives for making the BBFC a still more trusted and up to date guide to the public in the internet age; and to celebrate the sometimes controversial, sometimes quirky, but always absorbing history of film classification in the UK.

“I am grateful to those who have made this film season possible, and especially to our industry partners and to the BFI.”


For more information about the season, visit the BFI website.