Girls On Film, which features topless women mud wrestling and other depictions of sexual fetishes, was filmed just two weeks after MTV was launched in the United States. The band expected the "Girls On Film" video to be played in the newer nightclubs that had video screens, or on pay-TV channels like the Playboy Channel. The raunchy video created an uproar, and it was consequently banned by the BBC and heavily edited for its original run on MTV; the band unabashedly enjoyed and capitalised on the controversy.
The video won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1984, the first year the Academy gave that award. The uncensored video was included in the Duran Duran video album and the Greatest video collection.
Simon Le Bon commented in the audio interview on the Greatest DVD collection that the scandal of the music video overshadowed the song's message of fashion model exploitation.