Update: Into the River
At the Classification Office we have been receiving a lot of correspondence regarding the recent decision of the President of the Film and Literature Board of Review to issue an interim restriction order on the book Into the River. The Film and Literature Board of Review is an appeals body that operates independently of the Classification Office.
The Board of Review will be making its classification decision on the book in October. If you would like to make your feelings about Into the River known to the Board of Review, it is best to contact the Board of Review directly.
Go to the Board of Review's FAQs for Into the River (Goes to the Department of Internal Affairs website).
The Classification Office will be making a submission to the Board of Review about the classification of the book and we will include feedback we receive in this submission.
We value feedback and opinions of all kinds, and encourage engagement with the classification system. It's important that people have their say about classification decisions and engage with the classification system, including exercising their rights to seek reviews and reconsiderations.
For detailed information about the classification history of the book, see the updated case study on our website for students. The case study includes the official written decisions about the book from the Classification Office and the Film and Literature Board of Review.
- M Sex scenes, offensive language and drug use
Life is a film about the short-lived friendship between screen legend James Dean and ‘Magnum’ photographer, Dennis Stock who travels with Dean to his family farm in Indiana. Here Stock discovers another side to the often sullen star, and writes his now famous spread for the March 7 1955 issue of LIFE. The film has some drug use and a startling yet brief sex scene with an element of nudity. However, this content isn’t strong or extensive enough to warrant a restriction and so the film is classified as unrestricted but more suitable for mature audiences.
- M Sex scenes, offensive language and content that may disturb
This unusual film is a musical based on a series of brutal murders that occurred in Ipswich in 2006. All of the victims were female sex workers. After the arrest of the killer, writer Alecky Blythe interviewed the locals, and these interviews were used in the script and song lyrics. There is one brief sex scene, some discussion of the killings and not much offensive language. The content is not strong enough or extensive enough to warrant a restriction but it is more suited for a mature audience.
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