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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
27/01/2017 - R13: Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb. Read more about Patriots Day
What's it about? Patriots Day is a US drama/thriller based on events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and the city-wide manhunt in the days afterwards to catch the men responsible. The film follows Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), a Boston police officer who is on the ground at the time of the bombings, and helps the FBI piece together surveillance footage leading to identification of the bombers.
What to expect? The film is an effective action thriller/drama based on a recent real-life tragedy. It contains scenes and subject matter that would be greatly disturbing and shocking to children, in particular the shots of bodily injury and focus on terrified victims and families affected by a mindless terrorist attack. The aftermath, which includes a car-jacking, a violent street battle and the execution of a police officer in his car at point blank range, also has a high degree of impact.
Teenagers and adults will have the maturity and life experience to place this material in its dramatic and historic context.
12/01/2017 - Objectionable (banned). Read more about Gal*Gun: Double Peace
What's it about? Gal*Gun: Double Peace is a Japanese rail shooter for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows. The player assumes the role of Houdai Kudoki, a high-schooler who has no luck with girls. A cupid-type angel accidentally shoots Houdai with a laser that condenses all of Houdai's romantic opportunities (for the rest of his life) into the next day. Houdai must use a "pheromone shot" to give the girls 'euphoria' which subdues them and allows him to confess to his true love.
Why was it banned? The game tends to promote and support the sexual exploitation of children and young persons, and the use of coercion in relation to sexual conduct. It depicts young female high-school students in a way that emphasises their sexual availability. For example, doki-doki mode involves the player touching and rubbing the girls to bring them to a state of 'euphoria', essentially a sort of orgasm. The game also continuously frames high school students as sexually compliant objects to be fetishized and touched regardless of their consent.
The game's lack of difficulty further supports the idea that the intention of this game is for the titillation and arousal of the player, rather than gameplay mastery. It is therefore likely not only to attract people with a prurient interest in young persons, but also to reinforce the belief that a sexual interest in young persons is acceptable, which contributes to their sexual exploitation in wider society.
For the full decision and the legal criteria that Gal*Gun: Double Peace has been assessed against, please contact the Information Unit.
08/11/2016 - M: Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb. Read more about Jackie
What's it about? The film takes in the present, near-past and distant-past to follow Jackie Bouvier Kennedy's (Natalie Portman) grief and trauma as she struggles with her Catholic faith, the responsibility for her children, leaving her home, and how she defines her husband's legacy by the funeral she demands for him - one to rival Abraham Lincoln's.
What to expect? The film is an immersive psychological portrait of the First Lady in the immediate days after her husband was assassinated. It is an art-house production that is unlikely to have mass appeal. In a shifting timeline, it delivers an emotional record of a high-profile public figure coping with not only family tragedy, but a nation's grief and the world's sorrow.
While the bloodied images and senses of tragedy and grief are likely to momentarily disturb and shock younger viewers, they are unlikely to have any lasting effect.
14/12/2016 - R16: Violence, offensive language and sex scenes. Read more about Live By Night
What's it about? Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of a Boston police captain, decides to cross the wrong mob boss when he begins an affair with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the mistress of powerful bootlegger Albert White (Robert Glenister). After a bank robbery goes awry and three policemen are killed, Joe is sent to Charlestown Penitentiary. Upon his release from prison, Joe visits Italian mobster Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone) and asks to work for him in order to get his revenge on White.
What to expect? Live By Night is a slickly produced violent gangster film. It contains extensive and strong violence and cruelty, which is likely to greatly shock and disturb younger viewers. The film also contains non-explicit sex scenes and highly offensive language.
The narrative's moral ambiguity requires a mature understanding to contextualise.
8/12/2016 - R16: Violence, offensive language, drug use, and sexual material. Read more about Office Christmas Party
What's it about? Carol (Jennifer Aniston) and Clay (T. J. Miller), two siblings who have inherited their father's data storage company, are at odds with each other over keeping the Chicago branch of the business open. As the CEO, Carol threatens to close down the branch if Clay is not able to secure a lucrative business deal with client Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance) before the end of the day. Clay stages an extravagant Christmas party to win Davis over.
What to expect? The dominant effect is an over-the-top Christmas-themed comedy incorporating silly sex gags. There is a high extent of drug and alcohol use which is especially troubling as it is shown in combination with driving. There is a moderate extent of highly offensive language.
Older audiences will appreciate the humour and contextualise the stronger sexual material within a light-hearted comedy.
2/12/2016 - R18: Violence, sexual violence and offensive language. Read more about Elle
What's it about? A Parisian videogame executive (Isabelle Huppert) is raped in her home by a masked assailant. The film then delves into her complicated interpersonal relationships as she becomes increasingly suspicious of the men in her life.
What to expect? Scenes containing nudity, violence, sex, sexual violence, and offensive language. The film is a genre-defying and transgressive comedic character study that deals with the complex interaction of sexual violence, psychopathy and masochism.
Children and teenagers are unlikely to understand the complex sexual politics that run throughout the film, and the highly detailed and realistic nature of the rape scene may be triggering for some survivors of sexual violence.