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Sunday 23 April 2017

Reid film held up by name change

Alex Reid's film could be held up by a certificate bungle
Alex Reid's film could be held up by a certificate bungle

Alex Reid's controversial gangster film has hit a setback after a bungle over its certificate.

The movie Killer Bitch was this week given an 18-rating by the British Board Of Film Classification after being submitted under a different name.

Now film-makers have been told it must be resubmitted under its correct name before it can be given the right certificate prior to release.

The straight-to-DVD film was given a title change to Killer Babe because of fears it would not be stocked by some stores under its original name.

But since being sent to the BBFC under that title, the firm behind it had a change of heart and reverted to the original version.

The low budget production, which also stars Lotto lout Michael Carroll and features a voiceover by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson, includes Celebrity Big Brother winner and Katie Price's husband Alex in a violent sex scene. It is being lined up for release on May 3.

However a BBFC spokeswoman said: "The film has been approved for DVD release under the name by which it was submitted, Killer Babe. If they wish to change the name they will have to resubmit it for classification."

John Fleming, who financed the film, said: "Our upcoming Killer Bitch film had to change its title to Killer Babe to satisfy a major UK retailer who objected to the word 'Bitch'.

"Apparently 'bitch' was considered offensively sexist but 'babe' was/is not. That retailer has now seen what is in the actual movie itself and has backed out of stocking it. So we are reverting to the original title Killer Bitch, known and loved by many."

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