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Thursday 24 April 2014

Made In Dagenham censors criticised

Bob Hoskins and Sally Hawkins star in Made in Dagenham

The producer of the film Made In Dagenham has criticised film censors for giving out 15 certificates for bad language.

Stephen Woolley said it was "ridiculous" that the film, which told the story of women striking for equal pay at an Essex car plant, was given a 15 certificate because of a small amount of swearing.

In a letter to the Evening Standard, he wrote: "I think it's a sorry state of affairs that movies like Made In Dagenham and The King's Speech are given 15 certificates because of their repeated use of the F-word, when a movie like The Social Network is given a 12A certificate while featuring underage sex, fellatio, snorting drugs off a half-naked woman's body, and generally portraying women as bimbos or schemers."

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) lowered its rating for The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, from a 15 to a 12A on Thursday.

The move came after the cast and director complained about being given the wrong certificate and distributors launched an appeal after the film was given a 15 rating because of bad language.

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