A controversial film showing real sex between two actors has been passed uncut by British film censors. It means that Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs will be released as an 18 in British cinemas. Nice. The British Board of Film Classification said the sexual content was "exceptionally justified by context". The sexual nature of the film caused a controversy when it was shown at the Cannes film festival this year. The actors in the film, Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley, are seen performing explicit acts including oral sex. But the film's distributor, Optimum Releasing, insists the film is "sensual, not sexual". The BBFC said: "Some people may find such explicit images shocking or unexpected in a cinema film. "The board is sensitive to public concerns, and its guidelines are based on extensive consultation." Director Michael Winterbottom has described the film as a reaction to "prudish" films currently being made. 9 Songs will have preview screenings on Valentine's Day next year, followed by nationwide release. Source: Ananova