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A Porn Producer Battles With The BBFC

We revisit ex-producer Rob Stones battle with the BBFC to get his film Dare Devils released which offered a rare insight into the workings of the BBFC when it comes to classifying adult works for sale to the public

Published Fri 28th Feb 2020
By Jerry Barnett / Sex & Censorship

A Porn Producer Battles With The BBFC


When I completed the hardcore release Dare Devils I knew that the BBFC were going to take issue with some of the more extreme content in the submitted film. Therefore, I decided that anything the BBFC cut, I would offer for free on my web site. Anyone who bought the DVD could download the censored clips via a password protected section of the site.

How silly, silly, silly of me. Not only did Dare Devils take a staggering 4 months to be passed through the BBFC - a fact I was assured had nothing to do with my free downloads offer - they also took a very active role in ensuring the downloads never happened.

When I noticed Dare Devils was taking a snail's pace through the BBFC, I rang up to find out what was going on. I was told that they hadn't seen content like it before and therefore 'needed to handle it carefully'. When the cuts list finally came back to me in April (The film having been submitted in January), I also got a call from the senior examiner at the BBFC.

He told me that he had heard about my press release in ETO (Erotic Trade Only) announcing free downloads of censored clips and the BBFC had taken issue with it. I replied that I was unaware that the BBFC read ETO. The reply was a friendly kind of 'we have eyes everywhere'. As I'd just had an acrimonious legal battle with a certain major R18 distributor at the time I wondered if the BBFC had been informed of the ad by someone inside the adult industry. 'No, the information was internal.' He replied. So the BBFC DO read ETO!

 

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