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Emin withdraws film from cinemas
Tracey Emin
Emin said she had made a 'personal' film about teenage girls
Artist Tracey Emin has withdrawn a film about her home town of Margate in Kent from UK cinema release after censors gave it an 18 certificate.

It centres on six teenagers growing up and discovering friendship in the town.

Last month Emin hit out at the British Board of Film Classification over the rating, saying the audience she made the film for could not now see it.

Top Spot, which was commissioned by BBC Three, will be shown on the channel in December after the 9pm watershed.

A spokesman for the BBC said the organisation wanted to support artistic endeavours and bring works to a wider audience.

Now the film has been denied its audience it seems pointless to release it
Hamish McAlpine
The BBFC said it gave Top Spot, which draws on Emin's own experiences, an 18 certificate because of a suicide scene.

"The most ludicrous thing about the BBFC's decision is that the film is going to be shown over the Christmas season by the BBC and anyone will be able to watch it," said Emin.

Hamish McAlpine, owner of distributor Tartan Films, said: "This film was made specifically for 15-year-olds to try to advise and help them with the pitfalls of growing up in modern Britain.

'Opportunity to mutilate her film'

"Now the film has been denied its audience it just seems pointless to release it.

"Tracey was given the opportunity to mutilate her film to obtain a 15 certificate but quite rightly refused to accede to this request."

When Emin, 41, heard about the BBFC's decision last month, she said: "I made a very personal film about teenage girls.

"I never in a million years thought they would not be able to see it."

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