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APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of substitution (if any).
There were no apologies given.
To elect a Chairman for the Sub Committee.
RESOLVED that Cllr Mrs G Doe be elected Chairman of the Sub Committee for the meeting.
Cllr G Doe then took the Chair.
The Council has received a request to classify a short film which is to be shown in the district. This is a requirement of the Council because the film has not been classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
It is recommended that the Sub-Committee view the film, and in consideration of the information within the report, classify the movie with the appropriate rating.
Consideration was given to a report * of the Lead Licensing Officer relating to an application that had been received to classify a short film which was to be shown in the district. This was a requirement of the Council because the film has not been classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
The Licensing Sub Committee decided that the meeting should be heard in public session.
There were no interests to declare.
The Lead Licensing Officer outlined the contents of the report making reference to the following:
The Licensing Act 2003 dealt with the exhibition of films as ‘regulated entertainment’. This meant that when a film was shown to entertain an audience and either took place in the presence of a public audience or, if in private, with a charge made with a view to profit, the activity was licensable. As a result, the premises would need to hold a Premises Licence, Club Premises Certificate or a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).
Additionally, a community premises could now benefit from an exemption in specific situations which meant that they could show films without requiring a Premises Licence, Club Premises Certificate or a TEN.
When a film was shown in a premises which had a Premise Licence, Club Premises Certificate or was a premises considered ‘exempt’ (i.e. a community premises), the following condition applied:
No children shall be admitted to the exhibition of any film unless they have reached the age specified in the British Board of Film Classification (“BBFC”) Certificate, or the Classification issued by the Licensing Authority.
The majority of commercial films were classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) who essentially rated films on behalf of Local Authorities, with the Local Authority then licensing premises to show films under the Licensing Act 2003. However, on some occasions people requested that a film be classified by the Local Authority.
In this particular case, the film was a relatively small scale, local affair and the cost of having the film classified by the BBFC was prohibitive. As a result, the applicant had requested that the Local Authority classify the film.
The applicant had requested the Sub-Committee classify the film ‘Fort Box’, which involved members of the Crediton community. The Licensing Team had requested some additional information from him and the following had been provided:
Approximately 15 minutes
Synopsis of film
10 year old James enjoys creating cardboard models with his Mum such as rocket ships and cars. Mum has plans for their biggest cardboard creation yet - a massive box fort. When Mum is taken ill it is left to James, Dad and the local community to help bring the fort to life.
The parts of the film likely to cause concern
A main character dies which might be upsetting for any younger children.
Families with children aged 8/9 or over, adults and those who have followed the films progress.
‘U’ or ‘PG’.
The officer reminded members that when considering ... view the full minutes text for item 3.