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|Emin Knocks Off Top Spot
- No cinema release for artist's teenage film
TRACEY EMIN has blocked the cinema release of her film, Top Spot, after a row over its classification.
Top Spot is a partly autobiographical film looking back at the artist's teenage years in seaside town Margate. Last month it was handed an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and now Emin has decided there is no point in it being shown in cinemas.
"I made this very personal film about teenage girls. I never in a million years thought they would not be able to see it," said Emin.
The BBFC based the classification on a scene involving suicide. "We have concerns and we know from talking to professionals dealing with the 15-18 age group that suicide is a major problem," said the BBFC's Sue Clark. "Other than that scene, it would have been a 15."
Sounds logical, but Emin points out that Top Spot is due to be shown on BBC3 in December. "The most ludicrous thing about the BBFC's decision is that the film is going to be shown over the Christmas season by the BBC and anyone will be able to watch it," she said.