Do BBFC Examiners scream while they watch slashers? How do they judge what makes audiences scared? How does the BBFC decide what is too frightening disturbing or harmful for audiences of varying ages but still understand the pleasures on offer to fans of horror movies?
Horror has been a popular film genre since the invention of cinema but attitudes about how it should be certificated have changed greatly since the BBFC was established 100 years ago. In this illustrated presentation with clips debate and discussion, a BBFC examiner (who has seen it all and lived to tell the tale) shows what was a concern in 1912 and how the BBFC work today to rate horror scenes. The session also covers the treatment of horror films for kids, the difference between supernatural threat and gore and what happens when horror scenes turn up in films of other genres.
1hr 15 mins
This HORROR ON FILM presentation is part of Cinemania, regular screenings for 15-24 year-olds.
15-24 year-olds can buy reduced priced tickets: £4 (please select student tickets) or book 5 Cinemania tickets for £15.
Public tickets: Normal price
The film will be introduced promptly. There will be no trailers.
Cinemania is a series of inspiring film screenings and talks for young people taking place at 12 cinemas across London.
Cinemania is presented by Picturehouse and Film Hub London. Managed by Film London, the Hub is a proud partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.