Thank you for your email regarding The Dark Knight.
I fully understand the points you have made. Our 15A rating means that webelieve this film to be suitable for persons over 15. A person under thatage may be brought into the cinema if they are accompanied by an adult,whom we would assume to be a parent. Most parents take their responsibilityvery seriously, but, unfortunately some do not, such as anyone bringing afour or five year old in. As a very experienced classifier colleague ofmine here says about that: 'Which number do they not understand, the one orthe fifteen!'.
Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about irresponsible parents,except to try and publicise the issue.
You may not be aware of the consumer advice we put on our website for TheDark Knight, which went as follows:
'Strong weapons and physical violence, brutal but not graphically depicted.Strong air of menace throughout. Some references to physicalviolence/cruelty may disturb some younger viewers.
Thanks again for contacting us.
John KelleherDirector, IFCO
Irish Film Classification Office16 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland
tel: +353 1 799 6100 fax: +353 1 676 1898email: email@example.com: http://www.ifco.ie/
Post Scipt - in response to this I suggested a rethink was necessary as it meant that small children were in effect unprotected by the censor. He replied (immediately!) that rethinks are ongoing, but he couldn't see the cinemas being able to carry out my suggestion of a cap on children being brought in to 15s films, saying that some people find their guidelines unnecessarily strict already.
A nice man!