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A team at Aberystwyth University is researching audience responses to some of the most explicit and controversial depictions of sexual violence to be passed for release onto British screens - and they...

A team at Aberystwyth University is researching audience responses to some of the most explicit and controversial depictions of sexual violence to be passed for release onto British screens - and they need your help.

The study, which is being funded by the BBFC, aims to get beyond the press debates, and find out what real viewers think and feel about five films: À Ma Soeur, Baise-Moi, Irreversible, Ichi the Killer, and House on the Edge of the Park. The team are interested in learning what difference the cut that people see, and the context they see it in, makes to their interpretations of a film. The input of Festival-goers would contribute greatly.

The study has two phases, designed to answer different questions. The first is a straightforward online questionnaire. The only requirement is that participants have seen one of the above films, whatever your opinion. Even if you didn’t watch it to the end, and decided to walk out or switch off, the research team would like to know where the film lost you as a viewer, why, and how you felt about it.

For the second phase group interviews will be conducted around the UK. The aim of these is to provide the funder, the BBFC, with answers in a particularly under-researched area. The research team needs your help to understand the different ways in which people define, debate and qualify their more positive responses to the films.

If you feel you got something out of one of these films - either while you were watching it or afterwards – and even if you have strong reservations about aspects of the movie – then the research team would like you to consider taking part in one of the interview groups.

You can participate by first completing the Extreme Films Research questionnaire and sending your email address upon completion. Alternatively contact Melanie Selfe directly at mas@aber.ac.uk, putting ‘extreme films interviews’ in the subject line. All findings will be published independently, and the anonymity of respondents’ views will be guaranteed.

Visit Extreme Films Research to find out more, and to take part.

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