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Emin film given special licence
Tracey Emin
Emin was annoyed at the rating decision
Artist Tracey Emin's movie featuring a teen suicide attempt has been granted a special licence by a London council so it can be seen by an under-18 audience.

Emin withdrew Top Spot - based on her childhood in Margate, Kent - after it was refused a 15 certificate. She felt it should be seen by a young audience.

Westminster Council has now given the film a one-off licence to screen it to an invited group of 16-year-old girls.

The screening on 12 March will be followed by a discussion on the film.

Top Spot used novice actresses to portray life in the seaside town.

She called the decision to give it an adult rating because of a suicide scene "outrageous" because she had wanted a teenage audience to see it.

In protest she withdrew the film from general cinema release.

The film Top Spot
Top Spot is about six teenage girls growing up in Margate

The post-screening discussion will be chaired by broadcaster Miranda Sawyer at the Birds Eye View Film Festival, which is dedicated to women film-makers. The event is being held at the Institute for Contemporary Arts on The Mall.

Hard-hitting account

"Top Spot brilliantly captures the casual, deadly serious world of the teenage girl," Sawyer said.

"It was given the wrong certificate by the British Board of Film Classification and now, finally, here is a chance to see it and make up your own mind."

Festival director Rachel Millward said: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show this hard-hitting account.

"Finally, this film will be seen by the audience it is intended for and hopefully the discussion afterwards will reveal what the intended audience actually think.

"Finally we will hear from the teenagers, rather than talk about them."

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