U, PG, 12, 12A, 15, 18? The BBFC needs you!

The British Board of Film Classification is seeking the opinions of British film fans to help re-organise its classification guidelines


British film fans will be able to share their views about movie age ratings with the British Board of Film Classification from today by taking part in the organisation’s latest large-scale online public consultation.


Every half-decade or so, the Board canvasses the public’s views on the age ratings of recent cinema and DVD releases to ensure that BBFC film classifications stay in line with popular opinion.

As well as more general questions about classification, respondents to the BBFC’s survey will also be asked how often they visit the cinema, whether they watch films online, or if they have a particular preference for films with a specific age rating.

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, is online now on the BBFC’s website.

Discussing the consultation, the BBFC’s Assistant Director David Austin, said: “The online survey is an important part of the Classification Guidelines review process. We’re keen to hear from adults and young people about whether they agree with BBFC age ratings for recent films and DVDs and how frequently they watch films both at the cinema and at home.”

The Board will process the results of its online survey alongside data gathered from nationwide focus groups, telephone interviews and specialist research, which should ultimately provide it with the views of around 10,000 people. The Board’s updated guidelines will be published at the end of 2013.


The last BBFC classification guidelines review took place in 2009.