Letter: Sex or violence

Sir: In congratulating Andreas Whittam Smith on his appointment as president of the British Board of Film Classification I am reminded of a talk I attended at the Festival Hall many years ago by the then President, John Trevelyan.

After showing us some examples of items which had been censored which were mostly of excessive violence and mostly Japanese, he made the point that he was not so concerned about scenes of explicit sex but saddened by the fact that they were so often involved with violence rather than love. I am sure that this view is as relevant today as it was then.

Robin Butterell