Tenet: changes made in post-production to get 12A certificate

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Christopher Nolan’s incoming movie Tenet had a moment snipped to stop it getting a 15 certificate in the UK, it’s been revealed.

It looks like it’s full steam ahead now for the UK release of Tenet, with Christopher Nolan’s eagerly-awaited new movie landing in cinemas here on 26th August. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine.

What’s more, it’s expected any day now that the film’s UK 12A certificate will be confirmed. However, a page has popped up at the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) website – quite possibly in error – that doesn’t have the confirmed certificate on yet, but does reveal that the movie has changed made in post-production to get the rating Warner Bros wanted.

As the BBFC site reads, “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”.

As submitted, the film was set to get a 15 certificate. The change required to bring it in line with 12A was in a single scene, with Nolan and Warner Bros advised to “remove shots of a man kicking a woman”.

Thus, when the film was officially submitted for certification in the UK, those shots had been taken out and Tenet thus fell within 12A boundaries.

The running time of the movie has been confirmed as 149 minutes and 50 seconds.

You can read the BBFC page here.


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