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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.
The Classification Office has created a new RP18 rating specifically for the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why Read more about this media release
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
25/05/2017 - R13: Violence, offensive language and sexual references. Read more about Snatched
What's it about? After being fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, self-centred Emily (Amy Schumer) convinces her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to join her on a pre-paid vacation to Ecuador. Soon after arriving at their resort, Emily is approached by a charming conman; the women are abducted, held for ransom and taken to Columbia. An adventure ensues when the women escape the kidnappers and set out for the US consulate in Bogota.
What to expect? A comedy about a mother and daughter who are abducted in Ecuador but thwart their kidnappers and make their way to safety with the help of unlikely allies. The antics and situations featured are far-fetched and this offsets the stronger material for those mature enough to process it. In saying this, the regular sexual material and offensive language are unsuitable for children. The violence, rape jokes and the somewhat promotional presentation of binge-drinking also support a restriction. Considering these factors, a restriction to teenagers and adults is required.
5/05/2017 - R16: Violence, offensive language and horror. Read more about Alien: Covenant
What's it about? A sci-fi film centring on the crew of the spaceship Covenant, who are in search of a new planet to colonise. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise on a planet close to their location and decide to change their course. After encountering a vicious storm on entering the new planet’s atmosphere, members of the crew suddenly fall sick due to a foreign parasite attacking their bodies.
What to expect? A big budget, spectacular science fiction thriller that contains spikes of strong and, at times, graphic violence and cruelty that is likely to shock and disturb children and younger teenagers. Exposure to such violence may trivialise the depictions as entertaining, or have a desensitising effect. An ambiguous scene suggesting sexual violence is also likely to negatively affect younger audiences. Mature audiences, particularly those who have seen the other films in the Alien series, are likely to expect this level of horror and violence within the context of its science fiction narrative, and are unlikely to be negatively affected.
3/05/2017 - R16: Offensive language, sex scenes and sexual references. Read more about The Hippopotamus
What's it about? Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned by his god-daughter (and daughter of his ex-girlfriend) Jane Swann to his friends Lord and Lady Logan's country manor, Swafford Hall, to investigate a series of unexplained miraculous healings. Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, attractive teenager David Logan, whose parents believe has healing hands. Unaware that David is using some rather unorthodox methods, the Logans are set on sharing their son’s gift with the world.
What to expect? A witty, dialogue-heavy adult comedy. The film sporadically touches on strong sexual content, including taboo subjects such as bestiality, as subjects of adult humour. If taken out of this context the brief, but frank, images of sex, and strong sexual references will disturb younger audiences, unlikely to have the sexual experience or understanding to deal with them. The extensive use of highly offensive language is also inappropriate for an impressionable younger audience.
3/05/2017 - R16: Violence, nudity, sex scenes, offensive language and content that may disturb. Read more about The Untamed
What's it about? Alejandra (Ale) is a young mother married to the chauvinistic Angel, who is secretly cheating on her with her openly gay brother Fabian. Veronica, a mysterious young woman, arrives at the hospital with a wound she claims is a dog bite and makes friends with Fabian, an ER nurse. From this point things descend into the surreal as characters are taken to a cabin in the woods where a mysterious alien resides.
What to expect? A bizarre storyline that mixes toxic relationships and social issues in Mexican society with a creepy alternate reality of animal instinct and ‘body horror’ images. It has a high extent of fairly explicit sexual content, including scenes portraying the abusive relationship of Angel and Fabian, and one scene where an alien creature is shown pleasuring a woman. Violence, including the infliction of serious physical harm, largely takes place off-screen but Angel’s treatment of Fabian, and his attack on his wife, are similarly likely to disturb young viewers. Adults, and teenagers 16 years and over, are unlikely to be adversely affected.
3/05/2017 - Unrestricted M: Contains offensive language. Read more about Orwell
What's it about? A game where players act as a newly hired digital investigator for a fictional country known as The Nation. Using a computer operating system known as Orwell, players sift through news reports and blogs, intercepted chat logs, emails and phone calls, and even access people’s computers and smart phones for information on their activities and opinions.
What to expect? An engaging, low key thriller game about conspiracy and surveillance. The game is well crafted and intriguing, presenting both social and political commentary as the player unravels its story. Within the transcriptions, logs and blogs are themes of crime, cruelty and threats of violence that are unsuitable for children and may be disturbing. The regular use of offensive language also presents a risk of imitable social harm. However the game presents itself as a piece of functional software rather than an entertainment product, it is therefore less likely to appeal to children and so the overall risk of harm is reduced.
3/05/2017 - R16: Graphic violence and suicide. Read more about John Wick: Chapter 2
What's it about? An action thriller film that centres on John Wick, a former assassin who is forced out of seclusion to fulfil a debt to an Italian mobster. When the mobster asks John to kill his sister so that he can claim her seat on the ‘high table’, John refuses to honour the request, setting off a chain of events that ends in him being chased down by numerous assassins.
What to expect? A slickly produced violent action film with sophisticated special effects and skilled choreography. The sustained violence and elements of cruelty in this film are likely to shock and disturb children and younger teens. The film also requires restriction to older audiences due to a graphic depiction of suicide detailing a method that could potentially be emulated by vulnerable viewers. Mature audiences are likely to interpret the fantasy elements of this scene and contextualise it within its over-the-top narrative.