P144 Teletext 144 Nov13 21:11:03       ——————————————————————————————————————— PULP FRICTION The depiction of drug use in cult movie Pulp Fiction has contributed to the increase in young people taking heroin, claims Britain's chief film censor. "John Travolta shoots up heroin and drives along blissfully happy," says James Ferman of the British Board Of Film Classification, who now says he wishes he had cut the drug scenes out. Does Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film glamourise or encourage drug-taking? ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— by Fiona Sandiford TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT p400 Lisa Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov13 21:04:02       ——————————————————————————————————————— PULP FRICTION Some scenes in Pulp Fiction were "practically an advertisment" for heroin and Quentin Tarantino was "socially irresponsible," says BBFC director James Ferman. "I still wonder whether injection has increased since this film came out, because it was going to increase the glamour of injection considerably." But movie critics have condemned Mr Ferman's remarks as "ludicrous". ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— Take that Steps class! 145 Y OH Y HAS MUM GOT SUCH FRONT? p146 Lisa Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov13 21:05:00       ——————————————————————————————————————— PULP FRICTION The idea that Pulp Fiction has encouraged heroin abuse is "utter piffle", says Adam Smith, features editor of movie magazine Empire. "It's an 18 film, meaning it's only for adults," says Adam. "John Travolta enjoys heroin but he ends up dead at the end because of his lifestyle. "Pulp Fiction isn't a documentary. Freedom of speech allows people to tackle uncomfortable topics." ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— On Stage 450 Eco Scene 148 TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT p400 Lisa Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov13 21:01:19       ——————————————————————————————————————— PULP FRICTION Although heroin is a growing problem in some areas, it's "impossible to prove a link" with films such as Pulp Fiction, says Adam Smith of Empire magazine. But Geoff Webb of the Health Education Authority's Drugs Programme isn't so sure. "At the time of the film we were not aware that the problem was growing. "With hindsight, perhaps it would have been wise to cut more of the drug-taking scenes from Pulp Fiction.! ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— It's Your Life! 410 Bamboozle 152 IS LOVE IN THE AIR? p418 Lisa Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov13 21:05:08       ——————————————————————————————————————— PULP FRICTION Most people who saw a scene in a movie showing heroin injection would think "how awful" says Geoff Webb of the HEA. "It's only a minority for whom the needle becomes a fixation. Remember less than 1% of the population has tried heroin," he points out "However, it's cheaper, more widely available and better quality nowadays. We'd like the media to acknowledge that what they portray can affect people." ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— Digitiser computer games index 670 GLUG THE SLUG'S JOKES p198 Lisa Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov13 21:07:06       ——————————————————————————————————————— PULP FRICTION Pulp Fiction should have shown more of the downside of heroin addiction, reckons Geoff Wjbb of the HEA. "John Travolta plays the lucky guy who gets away with taking heroin. It does not show the squalor most addicts end up in, desperate for a fix. "The body develops a physical addiction to heroin and users end up selling their possessions and turning to crime to fund their habit," says Geoff. ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— Take that Steps class! 145 Y OH Y HAS MUM GOT SUCH FRONT? p146 Lisa Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov13 21:00:04       ——————————————————————————————————————— PULP FRICTION Most heroin users get trapped in a spiral of addiction which Pulp Fiction could have portrayed more fully, says Geoff Webb of the HEA. "Heroin is particularly pernicious," he says. "The vast majority of people who think they can control it, can't. Eventually they need it not to get high but just to function day to daz. "Once it's got hold of you, you're in trouble. Your body aches for a fix." ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— National Drugs Helpline: 0800 776600 TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT p400 Lisa Angst TV Plus Green