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Films about the past should have a certificate to verify their historical accuracy

BenB

It annoys me when films distort the past and bend the facts to fit their story. Often it is done for no good reason. Some people say ‘it’s only a movie!’, but I think people base a lot of their assumptions of the past on films they’ve watched. Film-makers should have more of a responsibility to ensure historical accuracy. I propose a ratings system similar to the age certificates awarded to films by the BBFC. A panel of historians would be employed to watch and grade films from “spurious nonsense” to “totally realistic”. Poor examples should come with on screen warnings such as: “the following film contains a number of fictitious events which bear no relation to what actually happened.”