Nicolas Winding Refn isn’t taking kindly to a recent Daily Mail article about his upcoming film “The Neon Demon.” Writing for the English newspaper last week, Clare Foges lists some of the film’s more extreme elements — which she doesn’t appear to have seen herself — before noting that “The Neon Demon” is about to be rated by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and asking, “will the BBFC roll over, as usual, allowing yet more depraved content to appear on our cinema screens?
Presumably in connection to the article, Refn tweeted a response earlier today:
— Nicolas Winding Refn (@NicolasWR) June 6, 2016
His film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month, stars Elle Fanning as an aspiring model in Los Angeles. Foges goes on to invoke several movies, from “The Dark Knight” to “The Human Centipede,” whose BBFC rating she considers lax. (Essentially the English equivalent of the MPAA, the BBFC hands out ratings deeming the age at which it’s appropriate for viewers to see a given film.) “What possible case can there be for allowing such hideous material onto British cinema screens in the first place?” she asks. “How is it acceptable for the vilest depths of human perversion and cruelty to be packaged up as entertainment?”
Foges goes on to argue that extreme imagery becoming commonplace has a detrimental effect on society. “Don’t hold your breath,” she concludes, “but wouldn’t it be wonderful if the BBFC took a stance and banned films designed only to shock, sicken, corrupt and deprave?” “The Neon Demon” opens in the US on June 24 with an R rating; its UK release date is July 8.