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'The Woman in Black' has three times 'Black Swan' BBFC complaints

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The Woman in Black has been reported to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) 120 times this year.

This is already three times the amount of reports for last year's most complained-about film, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.

Daniel Radcliffe, The Woman in Black


The Woman in Black was the first post-Harry Potter role for actor Daniel Radcliffe, and was rated 12A by the BBFC after being cut by six seconds and having sound levels reduced and scenes darkened.

"The main gist of the complaints was that people felt it was too scary for a 12A," The Daily Telegraph quotes a BBFC spokeswoman as saying.

"People have certain expectations about films with Daniel Radcliffe in them."

Daniel Radcliffe, The Woman in Black


She added that the BBFC always provides detailed information about the reasons for its classifications and descriptions of plot points and scenes.

On its release, the BBFC explained that The Woman in Black was "just too intense, too scary for 12A" and had originally been given a 15 certificate before cuts were agreed with the distributor.

Radcliffe himself said that children under the age of 12 "really shouldn't see this film", warning parents that it was "genuinely frightening and might buy you a couple of nights of a sleepless child".

The BBFC noted that the 40 complaints for Black Swan were "proportionately very small indeed" given the amount of people who viewed the Oscar-winning film.

Black Swan,
Natalie Portman


The board's annual report confirmed that the "standout issue" in most complaints was a lesbian oral sex scene.

"While the scene is visually discreet, narratively justified and within the 15 Guidelines criteria, some correspondents felt it was pornographic in nature."

It continued: "That it was a sex scene between two women was an aggravating factor for some who argued that portrayals of homosexual activity should either be restricted to the 18 category, or not shown at all.

"However, the BBFC, in line with broad public opinion, applies the same standards to portrayals of sexual activity, regardless of sexual orientation."

The report also noted that some complainants "had expected to see a film about ballet rather than the story of a young woman's mental disintegration".

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