British Board of Film Classification Rejects The Bunny Game

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So now it looks like our previous story about Trinity X acquiring UK rights to Adam Rehmeier’s independent feature The Bunny Game might have become moot as the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has rejected the sexually violent film on DVD. What does that mean exactly? Read on for the details.

BBFC Guidelines state “A strict policy on sexual violence and rape is applied. Content which might eroticise or endorse sexual violence may require cuts at any classification level. This is more likely with video works than film because of the potential for replaying scenes out of context. Any association of sex with non-consensual restraint, pain or humiliation may be cut.” As the BBFC sees it, the principal focus of The Bunny Game is the unremitting sexual and physical abuse of a helpless woman, as well as the sadistic and sexual pleasure the man derives from this. The emphasis on the woman’s nudity tends to eroticise what is shown, while aspects of the work such as the lack of explanation of the events depicted, and the stylistic treatment, may encourage some viewers to enjoy and share in the man’s callousness and the pleasure he takes in the woman’s pain and humiliation.

The decision to reject The Bunny Game was taken by BBFC Director David Cooke and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Alison Hastings, and Gerard Lemos. The decision means that the film cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK.

Cooke said: “It is the Board’s carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board’s Guidelines, would risk potential harm within the terms of the Video Recordings Act, and would accordingly be unacceptable to the public.

The Board considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts; however, the pervasiveness of the abuse makes it very difficult to deal with The Bunny Game by means of cuts. The film can be resubmitted after some editing, but the Board offers no assurances that such an attempt would be successful.

Directed by Rehmeier from a screenplay by himself and Rodleen Getsic, The Bunny Game follows a prostitute (played by a gutsy Rodleen Getsic) looking for her next meal who hitches a ride with a trucker (Jeff Renfro) that leaves her praying for her next breath.

For more about this disturbing new flick, become a fan of The Bunny Game on Facebook.

You can also check out both the teaser and full trailer below, but be warned they are VERY NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

The Bunny Game

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  • 200001

    Geez, banned, so what? Are you in real need to see sexual violence for entertainenement? The problem it that sometimes “only a movie ” stuff becomes reality for some victims. One victim of copy cat violence is one victim too much. The board also consults the forensic specialists.For example 12 people died because of copy cat violence caused by Born Killers, etc. etc. This is not only example of copycat violence, and such things shouldn’t be taken lightly. Or being ignorant about it, as for people movie is not real, but for the victims teh trauma is real. Is is not OK that for the sake of entertainemt of some, movies like this are made, and there is real probability that some sociopath will do some violent act as result of this. The danger of providing partial script is real, even the film is not. Copy cat violence may not be exact as in the movie, but really exist, in real life. Fore me: one film less, so what?

    As for illegal downloads: those can be tracked, if the matter taken seriously.Some guys were surprised when police came to their homes, and arrested them for possession of images of violent porn and child porn. I don’t think freedom of choice should go so far: one person fun can be another person damage. And statistically there is a lot of non-violent sociopaths (vulnerable audience, also ten to be more bored, and seeks extreme entertianemet, so, possibility that a movie lands in the hands of a socios is high). Once the movie is in the world, anyone can watch it, normal person and the perv. The perv can create damage.

    • Vanvance1

      Then I guess we’d better start censoring the news and history. If we’re very careful to candy coat everything because of the potential nutjobs in the audience maybe we can create a violence free, Utopian society!

      We could get started by painting ourselves blue, popping on big white hats and substituting the word ‘Smurf’ for half our vocabulary.

      • thehorrorchick

        You had me at “painting ourselves blue…” 🙂

    • Shambling_in_Bandages

      Just because a handful of unhinged people will use knives to stab other people to death is no reason to ban knives outright for the majority of normal people who will use knives for everyday purposes.

  • Vanvance1

    Pardon? It’s a work of fiction. Why do we need to be protected from FICTION… it isn’t real.

    Government should only be involved in essential services. i.e. police, fire, emergency response etc… The bureaucrats have taken over and the west is drowning in legislated morality and insane taxation.

    Fuck these socialist yahoos.

    • The Woman In Black

      More like Fascists than Socialists, but yeah, I totally concur with your overall statement.

    • thehorrorchick

      While I’m not a fan of censorship at all, I’ve seen this flick and I understand the decision…it’s like a snuff film trying to be the next A SERBIAN FILM. I guess that’s some people’s bag to watch movies like these but it’s not really mine so yeah…

      However, does that mean they shouldn’t have the right to get the movie out there? No, but it doesn’t surprise me that the BBFC banned the flick either. It’s not an easy watch by any means, especially since the filmmaker’s keep boasting about how “real” the movie is (they really brand the girl with a hot iron, shave her head, she’s really taking drugs, etc)…so I don’t know who’s ultimately right on this one.

      But in the end, it’s not a movie really worth getting all worked up over either.

  • Shambling_in_Bandages

    “It is the Board’s carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work… would accordingly be unacceptable to the public.”

    Which public would that be? The minority of puritanical, Tory-voting OAP readership of the Daily Mail and… oh, probably nobody else? Who gives a shit about those people? It’s not as if they were in any danger of watching this film anyway. But hey, so long as they’re the kind of people who would complain about movies of this sort without having actually seen them, it’s probably best to stop everyone from seeing them. Anything for a quiet life, eh?

    Seriously, this country needs a good, hard punch right in its collective man-sac.