Update: What does M mean?
The 'M' rating appears on a huge number of movies, and covers a range of content. The rating means that the movie can be supplied to anyone of any age, but it is more suited to a mature audience.
We know there's a bit of confusion out there about what the M label means, so we've pulled together some information to help explain things.
- Check out our popular 'What Does M Mean?' article
- Our blog post on the M label gives some advice about how to decide which M films
to show to young people
- Read the summaries of our recent decisions on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies - Extended Edition to learn why these films have been rated M
Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension
R13 Violence and horror scenes. Content may disturb
Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension follows a young family who find in their new home a video camera that picks up strange images. Demonic forces are at work and the family is plagued by horrifying night time events. The films plays on primal fears of the dark and the unseen. It uses jump scares, dark demon shapes and creepy sound effects in a way that children will find very frightening. However, the lack of realistic or detailed violence means the film is suitable for a wider audience. It is therefore classified R13.
R16 Graphic violence, horror, sex scenes and offensive language
Crimson Peak follows Edith Cushing, a young American novelist who moves to a crumbling mansion in Cumbria with her new husband. Several ghosts inhabit the house and the terrified Edith must unravel their secrets. The film is atmospheric and the ghosts are terrifying. There are also scenes of strong violence, one of which is brutally graphic and disturbing. Sexual content is limited but is not suitable for children. For these reasons the film is classified R16.
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.
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.
The Classification Office has created a specialised website full of useful information and case studies for NCEA students studying the classification system.
NZ Herald article looks at changing viewing habits. Our recent submission on media content regulation explains why classifications are increasingly important with rise of online entertainment.
The game 'Dead or Alive Xtreme 3' won't be available in Western countries due to concerns about sexualised depictions of female characters. A previous game in the series was classified by our office in 2011 following controversy.
Jerusalem and some other cities will feature J-Law-less Mockingjay Part 2 advertising as public/published images of women are seen to be offensive to some people in Israel.
International research shows how entertainment media is changing. Ofcom (UK) has released their 2015 'Children and parents: Media use and attitudes report' and ACMA (Australia) has released 'Subscription video on demand in Australia 2015'.
Survey of people in 38 countries shows varying degrees of support for free speech. NZ's Bill of Rights Act guarantees "the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form". What do you think - how free should free speech be?