R18 - To be shown only in specially licensed cinemas, or supplied only in licensed sex shops, and to adults only
The R18 category is a special and legally-restricted classification primarily for explicit works of consenting sex or strong fetish material involving adults. Films may only be shown to adults in specially licensed cinemas, and video works may be supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops. R18 video works may not be supplied by mail order.
For full details of the legal restrictions for these works please see the BBFC Classification Guidelines document
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