It’s easy to forget canonical movies like Ken Russell’s The Devils and Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange were once labeled “video nasties”–the term is often (wrongly) associated with low-grade exploitation and horror films. In fact, many films prosecuted by the BBFC were eventually recognized as important works, and the directors sometimes fought against the censors to have them shown to the public. Other times, as is the case with Kubrick, the reaction from the public was so vitriolic the film needed to be taken off the market. Rather than focus directly on the films classified as “video nasties”, Matt Pelly‘s documentary turns to the directors who argued for the legitimacy of their art, drawing on extensive archived exchanges and documents.