Comment: Black Swan complaints not justified
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Last year, Black Swan received the most UK complaints for its 15 rating thanks to its dark psychological subject matter and, shock horror, homosexual activity. According to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), last year’s film audience had the most to say about Black Swan for not meeting their expectations of watching a film about a ballet. Perhaps these viewers should have given the plot a quick Google before donning their dancing shoes? Board director David Cooke pointed out quite rightly in the annual report that “the high number of complaints for Black Swan demonstrates the disconnect that sometimes occurs between a viewer's expectations of a film and its actual content.” If anything, this statement is accommodating. You would think that opting for the title Black Swan over Swan Lake, with poster images of a red-eyed Portman with cracks in her face would have given the complainers in question a few pointers as to the dark nature of the film. What’s more, if a film purely about ballet was anticipated, in my view they should have been pleasantly surprised to meet with a more original interpretation of the classic Tchaikovsky story.
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