More than just a ‘nasty’ decade: Classifying the popular in the 1980s

Sian Barber

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter moves beyond studies of the 'video nasties' to consider the BBFC's approach to other films, including popualr blockbusters like Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. This work draws attention to emergent discourses at the Board relating to children, the importance of the teen audience and violence in a variety of generic formats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBehind the Scenes at the BBFC
Subtitle of host publicationFilm Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age
EditorsEdward Lamberti
PublisherBFI/Palgrave Macmillan
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2012


  • Film Censorship
  • Film Classification
  • archival research
  • cinema

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