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The Office of Film & Literature Classification is the Government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand.

Recent decision:
Southpaw

R16 Violence and offensive language

Image of Jake Gyllanhaal as a boxer in the film Southpaw

Southpaw is a compelling redemption drama set in the world of professional boxing. Jake Gyllanhaal stars as a world champion with a rough upbringing whose life falls apart after a tragedy.

The boxing scenes are brutal, realistic and intense. They contain graphic depictions of violence and injury. Other scenes outside the ring are disturbing and emotionally powerful. There is frequent use of highly offensive language in an aggressive and threatening context. Because of these matters the film needs restriction to its intended audience of older teens and adults.

Recent decision:
Amy

M Drug use, offensive language, content that may disturb

Image of Amy Winehouse

Amy is a documentary about the late British singer, Amy Winehouse. It contains discussions surrounding drug addiction, eating disorders, and there is a considerable amount of highly offensive language. However, these issues are not treated in a sensational manner, and these themes alone do not justify a restriction. Younger viewers would not necessarily be harmed by exposure to this documentary. It is classified as unrestricted, with a recommendation that it is suitable for mature audiences.

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We have information for parents, teachers, librarians, lawyers and anyone else who has a question, complaint, or wants to know about New Zealand's classification system.

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industry

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This section of the website contains information about the classification system requirements and resources for DVD and game retailers, cinema operators and filmmakers

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officials

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If you are a New Zealand Customs Officer, member of the New Zealand Police or work for the Courts you will find information about the classification system related to your work in this section of our website.

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NCEA students

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The Classification Office has created a specialised website full of useful information and case studies for NCEA students studying the classification system.

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Red Means Restricted

This clip is part of our campaign to let people know that it is illegal to supply restricted films and games to underage people.

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