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What do experts and youth health professionals think about young people viewing sexual violence in entertainment media like movies, TV shows and games? Our latest research finds out. Read more about this media release
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
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
12/04/2017 - R18: Violence, horror, sex scenes and content that may disturb. Read more about Raw
What's it about? A coming-of-age horror drama about a young vegetarian woman who, after being subjected to a university hazing ritual, develops a taste for cannibalism. The young woman, Justine, follows her older sister Alex to veterinary college where she undergoes a series of vicious hazing rituals, during which Justine is forced to eat a raw rabbit's liver, despite her protests of devout vegetarianism. Justine's reaction to these incidents is extreme and physical – she develops an angry, red rash all over her body, and a newfound taste for blood and meat.
What to expect? A dark, coming-of-age/cannibal horror film exploring issues around gender, bodily appetites and sexuality. It is technically very well-made, in particular with regard to realistic prosthetics and physical effects. The film contains a high level of bloody imagery that is likely to shock and disturb children and teenagers. This material, which includes instances of cannibalism fused with elements of sex and horror, is clearly aimed at adults and intended to stimulate and provoke strong reactions in its audience.
12/04/2017 - R13: Contains violence, offensive language and sexual references. Read more about Baywatch
What's it about? Mitch, a lifeguard, solves crimes alongside his fellow lifeguards (much to the dismay of local law enforcement). Brody, a disgraced Olympic swimmer, is assigned to Mitch’s team in order to fulfil a community service assignment. The two instantly clash as they are both used to being the ‘alpha’. Soon, the team is drawn together by a conspiracy involving a new drug called ‘flakka’.
What to expect? Baywatch is an action/comedy remake of the popular 1980s/1990s television series, full of crude sexual gags, innuendo, and humour. Some mid-level violence occurs towards the end of the film. Much of the humour in this film is derived from sexist and homophobic attitudes. The inclusion of highly offensive language adds to the need for a restriction. Teenagers and adults are more likely to have the experience and maturity to put these elements of the film into its comedy context without being negatively affected.
12/04/2017 - R16: Contains violence, sexual references and offensive language. Read more about Drawn To Death
What's it about? A third-person multiplayer shooter developed for the PlayStation 4. Sporting a punk-inspired drawn aesthetic, it has a unique visual style of ballpoint pen on lined paper. In the course of gameplay, players engage in bloody over-the-top combat with other characters from the pages of a high school students’ notebook. The game will be freely available at launch for a month to subscribers to the PlayStation Plus service, but will otherwise be sold as a digital purchase.
What to expect? A bloody and aggressive multiplayer shooter with a uniquely punk, hand-drawn aesthetic. It contains crass sexual references, regular highly offensive language, and revolves around the constant depiction of bloody, if unrealistic, violence and gore. The game’s encouragement to aggressively goad other players through the game’s integrated taunting system also presents an imitable harm to impressionable audiences, by normalising this type of bullying behaviour.
24/03/2017 - 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.