[Public query regarding The Shape of Water]


Thank you for your query.

I take your point regarding the classification guidelines. The difference between 15A and 16 can often be a tight line and in most instances where the 15A classification is given it is on the basis of context of the issue together with the overall impact of the scene within the work.
Given that it was a once off and therefore, while undoubtedly gory, I felt it did not have the element of being gratuitous in this instance.

Regarding cuts, I have never made a cut to a film submitted for classification. However, as all prints shown theatrically in Ireland are the same as the UK, it does happen that the version which we see may already have an edit, the origin of which would not be here.

Yours Faithfully

Ger Connolly
Director of Film Classification
Blackhall Walk

Ph. +35317996100
E. gconnolly@ifco.gov.ie
W. www.ifco.ie

Oifig Aicmithe Scannán na hEireann,
Siúlán Blackhall,
Margadh na Feirme,
Baile Átha Cliath 7,
D07 NRR6,
Irish Film Classification Office,
Blackhall Walk,
Dublin 7,
D07 NRR6,
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