What does PG mean?

 PG stands for Parental Guidance. This means a film is suitable for general viewing,
but some scenes may be unsuitable for children.
Are all PG films made for younger audiences?
 No, Some films are given a PG certificate but have not been made for younger
audiences . However, the certificate means that any issues in the film are
appropriate for the majority of this ages group and nothing should upset a child of
eight or over.
What sort of themes are passed at PG?
 No theme is prohibited at PG, as long as it is treated in a manner appropriate to the
category. PG works can explore challenging issues such as domestic violence,
bereavement or racism.
 In a PG films, illegal or antisocial behaviour, such as bullying, will not be
condoned or seen to go unchallenged. Smoking and drinking will not be promoted
or glamorised and if child characters are seen smoking or drinking, there should be
a clear message that this is bad. If drugs are mentioned or seen, a PG producer
should show that they are harmful.

What does the 12A symbol mean?
 12A means that anyone aged 12 or over can go and see the film
unaccompanied. The A stands for 'accompanied' and 'advisory'. Children younger
than 12 may see the film
Is there a lower age limit for a 12A film?
 No. However, the BBFC considers the content of 12A rated films to be suitable for
children aged 12 and over, and would not recommend taking very young children
to see them. Films classified at these categories may upset children under 12 or
contain material which many parents will find unsuitable for them.
How important is the tone of a film at 12 or 12A?
 The overall tone of a film, and the way it makes the audience feel may affect the
classification. For example, a work which has a very dark or unsettling tone which
could disturb the audience would be less likely to be passed 12A even if the
individual issues in the film were considered acceptable under the BBFC
guidelines. Similarly, if a work is particularly positive or reassuring this may stop
it being pushed up a category from 12A to 15.
What does the 15 symbol mean?
 No-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema or buy or rent a 15 rated
DVD. 15 rated films are not suitable for children under 15 years of age.
Are there any limits on what sort of theme a work can have at 15?
 No theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15 year olds.
Is 15 stronger than 12A?
 Yes. 15 works are stronger than 12 or 12A rated works and could include any of
the following:
 strong violence
 strong language
 portrayals of sexual activity
 strong verbal references to sex
 sexual nudity
 brief scenes of sexual violence or verbal references to sexual violence
 discriminatory language or behaviour
 drug taking

 The age rating I have chosen for my film
opening in “12” because this is they usual age
rating given to films in our chosen theme
which is set mainly in a school, films such as
Juno and Youth in revolt. In addition to this the
“12” rating also prohibits the use of bullying
and milled language.

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