Soulmate’s banned scene is here & it’s seriously upsetting

The scene that the BBFC cut from Axelle Carolyn’s Soulmate can now be watched online (massively NSFW)

Anna Walton in Axelle Carolyn's Soulmate
Anna Walton in Axelle Carolyn’s Soulmate

Axelle Carolyn has made the opening sequence from her debut horror Soulmate available online after the BBFC insisted that it be cut from the film to secure an 18 certificate.

To provide a bit of context, Soulmate is the story of Audrey (Anna Walton), who retreats to a remote country house after she tries to take her own life following the death of her husband. There, she encounters an unquiet spirit (Tom Wisdom) and begins to reach out to him.

Seen with the film, the opening scene is certainly shocking, but really emphasises Audrey’s emotional state. We can see that her attempted suicide wasn’t an impulsive thing; it’s a carefully thought-out and deeply serious attempt to end her life. As hard to watch as it is, it also hardly seems more deserving of censorship than any number of more graphic, upsetting sequences we’ve seen in other films. Carolyn tweeted that the BBFC “‘took the target audience into consideration.'”

“Our target audience being largely female, they were tougher on us it seems. Ugh.”

Now, you can see the scene and decide for yourself. Be warned, it is NSFW and it is upsetting, but we can’t see why it needed to be removed.

You can buy Soulmate on DVD for £10.25 at Amazon.co.uk, and you can read our review in the new issue of SciFiNow magazine.