Mull of Kintyre test
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The Mull of Kintyre test or Mull of Kintyre rule was an unofficial guideline said to have been used by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in the United Kingdom to decide whether an image of a man's penis could be shown.
The BBFC would not permit the general release of a film or video if it depicted a phallus erect to the point that the angle it made from the vertical (the "angle of the dangle", as it was often known) was higher than that of the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, on maps of Scotland.
The guideline was adopted by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) around 1992. This test was subsequently adopted by UK television broadcasters and by some print publishers.
In 2000, a BBFC spokeswoman commenting upon the criteria that the BBFC uses for classification denied that this test existed.
By 2002, the BBFC had largely abandoned its restrictions on the depiction of a tumescent penis. Fully erect penises featured in the Derek Jarman movie Sebastiane. This was shown by Channel 4 as part of its Banned season in April 1991 with these scenes censored; however, during a documentary about the film shown immediately afterwards the cut scenes were visible on a monitor behind an interviewee.
- Williams, Rhys (1999-06-08). "Media: The censor goes public". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-11-13.