The big screen adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' popular trilogy for young adults has been edited to achieve a 12A certificate for its UK cinema release.
The film had already been pre-cut for violence by distributor Lionsgate after screening an unfinished version to the BBFC for advice on any cuts that may be required, the finished version of the film needed a further 7 seconds of modifications with the digital removal of blood.
BBFC comments on new cuts: "This work was cut. The cut(s) were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 7s were required., some or all of these cuts were substitutions. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers of plot details. The company chose to make cuts in order to achieve a '12A' classification. A number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury. These cuts, which were implemented by digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons, were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut '15' classification was available. These cuts were made in addition to reductions already made following an earlier 'advice' viewing of an incomplete version (see 'Remarks' below)."
BBFC comments on initial cuts: "During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission. Detailed information on these changes is below but may contain plot details or spoilers. This work was originally seen for advice in an unfinished form. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a '15' certificate but that their preferred '12A' classification could be achieved by making a number of cuts and visual reductions. When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal classification, cuts had been made in four scenes of violence and in one scene showing details of injuries. These reductions were implemented by a mixture of visual cuts, visual darkenings and the digital removal of sight of blood. In addition to the reductions already made during the 'advice' process, the Board required further reductions in one scene following formal submission of the finished feature (see cuts details above)."
Directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to take her younger sisters place in a televised fight to the death. Suzanne Collins co-wrote the screenplay with Billy Ray and director Gary Ross, the film also stars Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks.
The film is set for release in the UK on March 23.