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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