Down in the basement of the British Board of Film Classification’s headquarters, the experts are discussing Sausage Party. This heated debate about Seth Rogen’s naughty food animation perhaps best reflects the public’s changing attitudes towards film ratings. Yes, we are happy with consensual sex, and yes we adore nudity – but what we can’t stand is the gratuitously pornographic. Not even when it comes to randy anthropomorphised supermarket foods. “There’s a particular sequence where different types of food have an orgy and there are a lot of pornographic references, visual and verbal,” explains Emily Fussell, the BBFC’s education officer. “It’s quite a prolonged scene. We showed it in our focus groups and the feedback was that they wouldn’t expect to see as many pornographic references in a film at 15.” The film has not been reclassified, but the public’s sensibility has been noted. If Sausage Party is resubmitted by distributors – say, for a special anniversary edition – it would likely be upgraded to an 18. The BBFC is based, appropriately enough, in London’s Soho, at the heart of the British film industry. It’s housed in a tall, skinny wedding cake of a building with Tardis-like properties. Once inside you… Read full this story
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