Ken’s Cannes com­plaint about c-word cuts

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Ken Loach was amus­ing and an­gry when dis­cussing the Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion’s at­ti­tude to his new film, The An­gels’ Share, play­ing here in com­pe­ti­tion. The clas­si­fiers asked Loach to re­move sev­eral uses of the c-word in or­der to se­cure a 15 cert. “We were al­lowed seven c**ts,” he said. “But only two of them could be ag­gres­sive c**ts.”

Paul Laverty, writer of the Glas­gow-set com­edy, also got stuck into the BBFC.

“‘You wee c**t’ is of­ten a term of en­dear­ment,” he said. “But they trans­pose it as if it were on a public ad­dress sys­tem at the Royal Opera. They take it out of con­text. They have an ob­ses­sion with that word.”

Laverty be­came more heated as the con­ver­sa­tion pro­gressed. “There are many films they have given a 15 certificat­e to that I think are full of porno­graphic vi­o­lence or racism or cru­elty that is not fit for 15-year-olds, and they show that with no prob­lem at all, so I think there is tremen­dous crop of deals, was seen as the year that cinema buy­ers re­gained their con­fi­dence. This year, ac­tiv­ity is not quite so fu­ri­ous.

Ali­son Thompson, in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent of Fo­cus Fea­tures, said: “We’ve more or less done the busi­ness we ex­pected to do here, but it has def­i­nitely been a bit more fraught. Dis­trib­u­tors felt very stretched.” hypocrisy.”

The An­gels’ Share, which re­ceived solid re­views, con­cerns a group of un­em­ployed Glaswe­gians who hatch a scheme to steal sev­eral bot­tles of a valu­able malt whiskey.

“The Bri­tish mid­dle-class is ob­sessed by what they call ‘bad lan­guage’,” Loach con­tin­ued. “The odd oath, like a word that goes back to Chaucer’s time, they will ask you to cut. But the ma­nip­u­la­tive and de­ceit­ful lan­guage of pol­i­tics they use them­selves.” dra­mas about dy­ing old peo­ple. But it does seem a lit­tle bit strange.

One of the more ed­uca­tive celebrity press con­fer­ences was the one for Holy Mo­tors. Kylie Minogue was pre­sumed to be the star of the show, but it soon tran­spired that many Euro­pean jour­nal­ists barely knew who she was. The small star was asked only a hand­ful of ques­tions. It’s a cruel game.

Only a shower of c**ts: Ken Loach at The An­gel’s Share press con­fer­ence in Cannes

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