Monday -

I started my week by watching over five hours of DVD films and TV shows. I watched all of this on my own in my office. Compliance Officers have to view a range of films and TV programmes and today the first thing for me was a horror film. Although it was a bit scary, it wasn't too bloody, and there were also some funny bits, so I decided to recommend a 12 classification. Once my report is finished, a senior person reads it, and decides whether or not to agree with the category I've suggested – sometimes even the Chief Executive will be involved too in the final decision. After this I watched a couple of television episodes from an old series from the 1970s. I then viewed an episode from a brand new series that hasn't been shown on television yet. I didn't know much about the programme, so had to concentrate hard to make sure I understood the story!

In the afternoon I streamed and watched some TV episodes that will be put onto video-on-demand services, like Netflix and Amazon. Both series were aimed at a younger audience, like Shaun the Sheep and Angelina Ballerina. Even though these shows are usually rated U, we still have to write detailed reports about them, because it's important we think about what is going to be suitable for very young children to see, possibly watching them alone.
 

Tuesday -

This morning I was viewing a film in our special cinema where I work. Unlike DVD films, we watch films that are being released in the cinema in teams, so today I was viewing with another Compliance Officer. We were both looking forward to it as it was a big blockbuster. The film had some tricky issues so we had a long chat after the screening about what age rating we were going to recommend for it. After we agreed between us, we both wrote detailed reports about the film. I then watched a short nature documentary before lunch.

Instead of viewing, I spent the afternoon doing some work on music videos. To help everyone make safer viewing choices online, the UK record labels submit new release videos performed by British signed artists (like Little Mix or Ed Sheeran) if the videos are likely to contain material that isn't suitable for children under 12. Some of the issues the BBFC looks out for include any moments of violence, or rude words that might be in song lyrics.  Where a submitted music video is rated 12 or higher, the official BBFC age rating is then displayed on YouTube or Vevo.
 

Wednesday -

This morning I had two important meetings. Firstly I met up with my team to talk about what we've done in the past week. We then went to the weekly Compliance Meeting. This meeting takes place in a large room where all the Compliance Officers and other members of the BBFC team meet to discuss the films that have been watched in the past week. We talk about any issues that may have come up in certain films. Each week a Compliance Officer brings a few clips from either DVD films, TV programmes or video-on-demand shows. We all watch the clips and discuss the issues and the age rating, so it's a really good way of sharing experiences and learning from each other.

After the meeting, I spent the rest of the day writing BBFCinsight for older films and videos that have been released on DVD or Blu-Ray. I really enjoy doing this as I get to read about films that I haven't heard of before and think about issues in films that I haven't seen in a while. BBFCinsight tells you exactly what's in a film, to help people, so that you, your parents, teachers and carers, can make choices about what you might want to see. You can learn more about BBFCinsight here.
 

Thursday -

This morning I was helping to maintain the BBFC's archive by reading reports about old films and scanning them into a computer. I also looked at some of the old film diaries which recorded the names of all the silent films that were submitted in the early days of the BBFC - these are all over 100 years old!  I really enjoy this part of my job as I like finding out what issues used to be of concern to the people that previously did my job. Sometimes these are things that wouldn't worry us now (like cheeky references to people flirting) but other times it's issues (like violence) that we still think about today.


In the afternoon, I was back in the cinema. I watched a French film followed by some trailers. Trailers take special concentration as they are fast-paced and sometimes it's difficult to make sure that you've seen everything, so we'll often watch a trailer more than once. We also have to remember that people watching trailers in the cinema haven't actually chosen to see them – they've come to see the main feature film – and so we are sometimes a bit more cautious about the age rating we give them. You can have a go at rating a trailer for yourself here.

Friday -

Today I watched films and TV all day. People often ask if I am bored of watching films all the time but the answer is no! I still find it exciting to see films before they come out in cinemas, or watch films that I would never have normally had to the chance to see.


I spent the morning watching an old black and white film in my office. I was then asked to go to our cinema to carry out a cuts check. A cuts check is when a Compliance Officer re-watches scenes from a film in order to confirm that specific shots have been removed. Sometimes film companies ask the BBFC to suggest possible cuts for their film so that they can get the age rating that they want, for example a 12A rating in the cinema.


After lunch I wrote up my morning reports and watched a couple more episodes of a video-on-demand TV show. I then viewed a British film to be released on DVD. The company who submitted the film wanted a PG rating, but I had to give it a 12 as there were some scenes where the violence was too strong for PG.

I started my week by watching over five hours of DVD films and TV shows. I watched all of this on my own in my office. Compliance Officers have to view a range of films and TV programmes and today the first thing for me was a horror film. Although it was a bit scary, it wasn't too bloody, and there were also some funny bits, so I decided to recommend a 12 classification. Once my report is finished, a senior person reads it, and decides whether or not to agree with the category I've suggested – sometimes even the Chief Executive will be involved too in the final decision. After this I watched a couple of television episodes from an old series from the 1970s. I then viewed an episode from a brand new series that hasn't been shown on television yet. I didn't know much about the programme, so had to concentrate hard to make sure I understood the story!

In the afternoon I streamed and watched some TV episodes that will be put onto video-on-demand services, like Netflix and Amazon. Both series were aimed at a younger audience, like Shaun the Sheep and Angelina Ballerina. Even though these shows are usually rated U, we still have to write detailed reports about them, because it's important we think about what is going to be suitable for very young children to see, possibly watching them alone.
 

Tuesday -

This morning I was viewing a film in our special cinema where I work. Unlike DVD films, we watch films that are being released in the cinema in teams, so today I was viewing with another Compliance Officer. We were both looking forward to it as it was a big blockbuster. The film had some tricky issues so we had a long chat after the screening about what age rating we were going to recommend for it. After we agreed between us, we both wrote detailed reports about the film. I then watched a short nature documentary before lunch.

Instead of viewing, I spent the afternoon doing some work on music videos. To help everyone make safer viewing choices online, the UK record labels submit new release videos performed by British signed artists (like Little Mix or Ed Sheeran) if the videos are likely to contain material that isn't suitable for children under 12. Some of the issues the BBFC looks out for include any moments of violence, or rude words that might be in song lyrics.  Where a submitted music video is rated 12 or higher, the official BBFC age rating is then displayed on YouTube or Vevo.
 

Wednesday -

This morning I had two important meetings. Firstly I met up with my team to talk about what we've done in the past week. We then went to the weekly Compliance Meeting. This meeting takes place in a large room where all the Compliance Officers and other members of the BBFC team meet to discuss the films that have been watched in the past week. We talk about any issues that may have come up in certain films. Each week a Compliance Officer brings a few clips from either DVD films, TV programmes or video-on-demand shows. We all watch the clips and discuss the issues and the age rating, so it's a really good way of sharing experiences and learning from each other.

After the meeting, I spent the rest of the day writing BBFCinsight for older films and videos that have been released on DVD or Blu-Ray. I really enjoy doing this as I get to read about films that I haven't heard of before and think about issues in films that I haven't seen in a while. BBFCinsight tells you exactly what's in a film, to help people, so that you, your parents, teachers and carers, can make choices about what you might want to see. You can learn more about BBFCinsight here.
 

Thursday -

This morning I was helping to maintain the BBFC's archive by reading reports about old films and scanning them into a computer. I also looked at some of the old film diaries which recorded the names of all the silent films that were submitted in the early days of the BBFC - these are all over 100 years old!  I really enjoy this part of my job as I like finding out what issues used to be of concern to the people that previously did my job. Sometimes these are things that wouldn't worry us now (like cheeky references to people flirting) but other times it's issues (like violence) that we still think about today.


In the afternoon, I was back in the cinema. I watched a French film followed by some trailers. Trailers take special concentration as they are fast-paced and sometimes it's difficult to make sure that you've seen everything, so we'll often watch a trailer more than once. We also have to remember that people watching trailers in the cinema haven't actually chosen to see them – they've come to see the main feature film – and so we are sometimes a bit more cautious about the age rating we give them. You can have a go at rating a trailer for yourself here.

Friday -

Today I watched films and TV all day. People often ask if I am bored of watching films all the time but the answer is no! I still find it exciting to see films before they come out in cinemas, or watch films that I would never have normally had to the chance to see.


I spent the morning watching an old black and white film in my office. I was then asked to go to our cinema to carry out a cuts check. A cuts check is when a Compliance Officer re-watches scenes from a film in order to confirm that specific shots have been removed. Sometimes film companies ask the BBFC to suggest possible cuts for their film so that they can get the age rating that they want, for example a 12A rating in the cinema.


After lunch I wrote up my morning reports and watched a couple more episodes of a video-on-demand TV show. I then viewed a British film to be released on DVD. The company who submitted the film wanted a PG rating, but I had to give it a 12 as there were some scenes where the violence was too strong for PG.