Shock Value: Audiences on the Censorship of 'A Serbian Film'

Smith, Martin (2019) Shock Value: Audiences on the Censorship of 'A Serbian Film'. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 16 (2). pp. 191-212. ISSN 1743-4521

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This article argues that censorship studies must concern themselves with matters beyond the actions of the censors if they are to understand how an instance of censorship occurs. It is based on a new study of the experiences of English-speaking audiences of A Serbian Film (2010), which was heavily censored by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). It employs discourse analysis of responses to a mixed-methods survey to examine how audiences discuss media violence and censorship. This article identifies four key competing discourses used by respondents, all of which have very different implications, along with the relationships between these discourses. It demonstrates the complexity of the reception of A Serbian Film and theorises the workings of the censorship debate more widely. The invocation of ‘public opinion’ by the BBFC to justify censorship decisions necessitates a better understanding of how everyday audiences talk about censorship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: audiences, horror, film, qualitative, discourse analysis
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 12:05

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