Reid film held up by certificate bungle

A controversial gangster film starring Katie Price’s husband Alex Reid hit a setback today after a bungle over its certificate.

A controversial gangster film starring Katie Price’s husband Alex Reid hit a setback today 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 Reid in a violent sex scene. It is being lined up for release on May 3.

However a spokeswoman for the BBFC 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, explained the name change on his blog. He 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.”

He said today: “We have already talked to the BBFC and we can re-submit the tiny section with the changed Killer Bitch title to them for re-viewing.”

Cage fighter Reid, 34, took a one-year acting course at the Guildford School of Acting, in Surrey.

He has previously appeared ITV drama Soldier, Soldier and Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, and has recently expressed his desire to retire from martial arts and pursue his acting career.

Reid recently wrote in his Star magazine column: “I’ve got some auditions coming up which I’m thrilled about. One of them is for a quite big-budget BBC drama and the director asked to see me specifically.

“It feels really good to get the acting buzz back. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

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