Following today’s earlier news that the the British Board of Film Classification’s Director David Cooke and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Lord Taylor of Warwick and Janet Lewis-Jones have rejected
Rockstar's 'ultra-violent' Manhunt 2
, SPOnG spoke with the BBFC’s press officer, Sue Clark to find out more.
While we await official word from Rockstar and ELSPA on the matter, Mrs Clark informed us that Rockstar does have the right of appeal the BBFC’s decision within six weeks.
“Although it sometimes takes up to two months to get this happening,” we were informed, “ it is effectively a court process, a legal process for you to appeal, where the company has a right to appeal to the Video Appeals Committee.”
The Video Appeals Committee is an independent body headed up by Chairman John Woods, who has held the posts of Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Director of the Serious Fraud Office, and Hong Kong Director of Public Prosecutions.
If an appeal goes ahead then Mr Woods chooses the individuals he wishes to sit on the committees’ panel to assess the BBFC ban.
”If an appeal goes ahead will only be around the 20th appeal since 1984,” the BBFC’s Sue Clark informed SPOnG, “other than Carmageddon in 1997, which was the only other videogame to receive a BBFC ban, appeals have been mostly centred around pornographic videos.”
“There was also one appeal about a video called “Visions of Ecstasy” which was centred around blasphemy. About half of all the appeals to date have been successful,” she added.
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ban as we get it.
For any interested parties, a full guide to the BBFC appeals procedure can be found right here.