BBFC: How Much Sexual Violence Is Too Much?
The British Board of Film Classification is commissioning a major study into depictions of sadistic, sexual and sexualized violence, mainly against women, “to determine what the British public today believes is potentially harmful and therefore unacceptable for classification.” The decision comes following stances the BBFC took in 2011 on two films showing extreme sexual violence against women: The Human Centipede 2 and The Bunny Game. It made significant trims to the former and refused to certify the latter. Findings of the research will be published later this year.
BBC Star Salaries To Be Published?
UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey would like Britons to know what their BBC stars are being paid. Executive salaries are already published on the public broadcaster’s website, but during a debate on Tuesday, Vaizey said, “The salaries issue is vexed…Talent salaries could be more transparent.” The BBC is largely funded through a license fee that is paid by every subject with a TV set. That fee has been frozen at about $227 a year until 2016 leaving the BBC in a period of austerity. When George Entwistle was recently appointed director general to succeed Mark Thompson in the fall, it was revealed that he would be paid about $698K as compared to Thompson’s $1.04M salary. Now, Vaizey suggests that outside interests of BBC talent also be reported. “Viewers have a right to know the additional earnings of people who work for the BBC and whether there is a potential conflict of interest,” he said.
Filmmakers Rally Round Striking Cinecittà Workers
Workers at Rome’s Cinecittà have been striking this week against a proposed overhaul project they say will force them to leave their jobs. The plan, according to Wanted In Rome, includes splitting the studios into affiliated production and post-production companies and outsourcing some work. An official from trade union CGIL, Alberto Manzini, told Agence France Presse, “We do not see how this project will develop the studios. It is inconceivable to close something that is part of the culture of this country.” Although Cinecittà owners contend the studio needs to shift to remain competitive, they say no jobs will be cut. Italy’s National Association of Filmmakers has appealed to the government to intervene while petitions have sprung up with signatories including Michel Hazanavicius, Claude Lelouch, Costa Gavras, Ken Loach and Vanessa Redgrave. The historic Cinecittà has played host to such films as La Dolce Vita, Cleopatra and Gangs Of New York.