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Including updates on the latest research carried out by the Office of Film & Literature Classification, media releases and other breaking news.
A representative survey of New Zealanders reveals widespread public concern about content such as sex and violence in entertainment media, particularly amongst parents. Read more about our new research
This report is the first component of our research and consultation project exploring the effects of viewing sexual violence in media entertainment like movies, TV shows and games. Read more about this media release
Dr Andrew Jack says the Classification Office is viewing an increasing amount of horrific and gratuitous sexual violence in mainstream entertainment targeting young people. Read more about this media release
24/03/2016 - R13: Violence, horror scenes and offensive language. Read more about Life
What's it about? A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station on a mission of discovery find a rapidly evolving life form that likely caused extinction on Mars. It quickly evolves from a tiny, wispy and seemingly harmless organism into a malevolent and powerful creature that attacks the crew and becomes a very real threat to life on Earth.
What to expect? It has a tense atmosphere throughout, and uses a strong soundtrack to emphasise the suspense and sense of impending doom. The setting of the film has been artfully constructed to be as isolating and as frightening as possible. The dominant effect of the publication is of a slick horror science-fiction film about the discovery of malevolent extra-terrestrial life. The strongest depictions of violence and serious physical harm lack realism but are still of a level likely to disturb and frighten children. There is also casual use of offensive language.
24/03/2017 - R16: Graphic violence, offensive language and cruelty. Read more about Logan
What's it about? The film follows the aging and ill Wolverine (known in this film as Logan) living a hardscrabble existence near the Mexican border. He lives in an abandoned, derelict factory, where an overturned water tower houses his long-time mentor and founder of the X-Men, the psychic Charles Xavier. Xavier is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which has thwarted his abilities and made him dangerously unpredictable as, without medication, he suffers from mind-bending seizures that distort the atmosphere around him and can kill people.
What to expect? The film contains many instances of serious physical violence and harm which are consistently graphically depicted – bloody and hard hitting, but also over-the-top and cinematic. The dominant effect of the publication is of a well-made and emotional film that presents the redemption of two well-known Marvel characters who are humanised by their vulnerability. It contains a high extent of graphic and bloody violence, often by or against children. This is likely to shock and disturb children and younger teens and in some cases may inure them to real life violence and suffering.
Teenagers and adults will have the maturity and life experience to place this material in its dramatic and historic context.
24/03/2017 - R16: Violence, sexual violence, offensive language and content that may disturb. Read more about A Cure For Wellness
What's it about? A young and ambitious American executive who is known only as Lockhart is sent to retrieve the CEO of his corporation, Roland Pembroke. Roland takes leave at a health spa in Switzerland and refuses to return to the corporation. The spa is located in a castle on top of a mountain over a small village and there is bad blood between the villagers and the inhabitants of the castle. Doctor Volmer, the director of the spa, refuses to let Lockhart interview Pembroke. Frustrated, Lockhart attempts to make the return journey by car down the mountain, when a brutal accident lands him back at the castle with a broken leg.
What to expect? The film contains a number of stylised shock/horror set pieces. Some have sexual undertones. Elements of the film are coloured by disturbing, and at times beautifully constructed, set-pieces. There is a disturbing scene of sexual violence, but, in conjunction with the other scenes it is presented as cruel and reprehensible, and is contextualised by its overblown and deliberately shocking manner. Older teenagers and adults should have the critical capacity to put this material into perspective without being adversely affected.
16/03/2016 - R18: Graphic violence, offensive language and content that may disturb. Read more about Baskin
What's it about? A group of policemen respond to an emergency callout on the fringes of Istanbul but their van plunges into a river while they are making their way to the callout. The officers are unharmed, and a short time later arrive at a dilapidated mansion, the site of the callout. The officers enter the mansion and soon fall victim to its inhabitants – a grotesque society of Satanists bent on creating hell on earth.
What to expect? A gory Turkish horror film with Satanic themes. It is surreal and disturbing, containing elements of horror, violence and sexual coercion. The film is well-made and builds from a slow start to a gruesome and bloody climax. Nightmarish scenes of torture, violence, sexual coercion, and degrading sexual and physical conduct have a high impact, and would be greatly disturbing and shocking to most people but particularly children and young persons. Adult audiences are likely to have the maturity and life experience to place this material in the context of a dark horror film without being negatively affected, and they are clearly the target viewers.
8/03/2017 - R16: Violence, offensive language and sexual material. Read more about CHIPS
What's it about? Two middle-aged California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers, Jon Baker and Francis “Ponch” Poncherello, are partnered up to tackle highway crime and uncover corrupt police officers within the force. Ponch is an undercover FBI agent and Jon is a rookie officer with extraordinary motorcycle handling abilities. Together the duo spend their days in pursuit of a crime ring headed by a corrupt police officer, Lieutenant Ray.
What to expect? The film’s comedy comes from the interactions and camaraderie between Ponch and Jon as they build trust with one another and work as a team to apprehend criminals. High-octane motorcycle chases and over-the-top action dominates the film. The overall effect of CHIPS is a wildly over-the-top buddy cop film laden with sexual gags and puerile humour. The sexual material and adult humour is beyond the maturity of younger viewers, especially children, who will instead be prematurely exposed to adult sexuality. Older teenagers and adults are more likely to have the experience and maturity to put these elements of the publication into its comedy context without being negatively affected.
3/03/2017 - R13: Violence, sexual material and nudity. Read more about Mass Effect: Andromeda
What's it about? The game opens with massive colony ships arriving in Andromeda, a new galaxy. The player's customisable avatar (a human known as Ryder) is awoken from cryo-sleep. As a Pathfinder, they must search this new galaxy for habitable planets suitable for colonisation. However, Andromeda is unwelcoming to the colonists, with its planets rendered uninhabitable by a massive energy cloud, and a warlike alien race proving hostile to the intruders.
What to expect? The dominant effect of Mass Effect: Andromeda is of a grand space-faring adventure filled with spectacular vistas, memorable characters and plenty of firefights. There are regular sequences of sustained violent combat.
Alongside some limited elements of cruelty, references to crimes and some low-level sex scenes, which all occur in the course of the story, the game is clearly intended for a more mature audience.