UK censors to put stronger restrictions on films with sexually explicit scenes

Updated:1 month ago IST

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Films that have scenes of rape or other forms of sexual violence can only be watched by viewers who are at least 15 years old in the UK now. The British film rating system has been updated to prevent such sexually explicit scenes from being viewable to youngsters below a 15 rating. According to a report published in The Hollywood Reporter, the British Board of Film Classification published new guidelines on last Thursday following a public consultation that showed people felt a "heightened sense of anxiety" when it comes to depictions of real-world scenarios and changing attitudes towards sexual threat and violence over the past five years. The new guidelines say that no film containing depictions of rape or strong sexual violence would be given a rating below a 15, rather than a 12. The BBFC said it also wanted its ratings to appear on all streaming services. Among those films that would have been impacted by the update are 2008's Keira Knightley-starring period drama 'The Duchess', classified as a 12 at the time despite containing a rape scene. The new guidelines will come into force from February 28, 2019.

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