I saw the King’s Speech yesterday. I really enjoyed it – but the point of this post is that a while back I commented on the fact that ‘Made in Dagenham’ should have had a 12A certificate (like the King’s Speech) – and not the 15 rating it got.
I based this on the hearsay knowledge that the ‘f ‘ word was used in the King’s Speech and was thought to be an integral part of the film – and the film’s overall worthiness meant that it should be seen by 12A (ie accompanied by an adult). Having now actually seen this film – I would agree – the use of expletives is integral to this film.
In Made in Dagenham – which is the story of the women workers at Dagenham car plant who fought for equal pay – supported by their male colleagues – and which ultimately led to the Equal Pay Act – the ‘f’ word is also used. In my view in this film, the use of the ‘f’ word is just as integral to the telling of this story as are the expletives in the King’s Speech.
The differential in the certification by the British Board of Film Classification (independent body for film certification) means that more and younger folk will be able to see a great film about part of our history – ie King George VI – but not our great history of the fight for equality.
I am still at a loss to understand the differential certification.