Straight Outta Compton
- R16 Sex scenes, violence, drug use and offensive language
Straight Outta Compton is an engaging drama that pieces together the origins and notoriety of rap group N.W.A. The film depicts realistic acts of savage violence and strong threats of violence and intimidation which are likely to shock and disturb children and younger teens. The film's extensive use of highly offensive language, occasional scenes of drug use, and brief depictions of sexual activity add to the need for a restriction. Older teenage and adult audiences are likely to contextualise these strong themes within the context of a drama focused on rap culture, and effectively distance themselves from any negative influence.
Attack on Titan
- R13 Violence and horror scenes
Attack On Titan is a Japanese live-action adaptation of a popular anime series. It is set in a fictitious world, where Titans (giant humanoid monsters) descend from the sky and wreak havoc on the human population. The Titans are intentionally horrific and frightening. There are a couple of scenes of graphic and bloody violence, but these have an over-the-top, cartoonish style which reduces their impact. The violence is also low in extent within the feature’s total running time. The stronger material is likely to greatly shock and disturb younger children, but teenagers will be less likely to be strongly affected.
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Horror movie legend Wes Craven has died. He had a huge influence on the evolution of the horror genre, and his work was sometimes controversial with film classification authorities in NZ and overseas. His first film, 'The Last House on the Left', was banned in NZ in 1988 (it's now R18).
The book 'To Train Up A Child' has been classified as Unrestricted following a submission by a member of the public. You can read more about the decision on our website, and view a pdf of the full written decision.
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage has released a discussion document about the future of media regulation in NZ. It includes options for classifying content in the age of media convergence and is taking submissions from members of the public about the proposals.
The film 'Autumn Blood' has been classified R16 with the note "violence, sexual violence and content that may disturb". The film was released in New Zealand with an M rating based on the Australian rating. We received a complaint from a member of the public that the rating and descriptive note were inadequate.
A system is now in place for the British Board of Film Classification to classify online music videos that are made in the UK. The music videos will have the same classifications used for films.