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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
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.
28/11/2016 - R16: Graphic violence and horror. Read more about Underworld: Blood Wars
What's it about? Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is called back to her coven by Semira (Lara Pulver) to train vampires against an imminent Lycan threat. However, most of the vampires in the coven still treat Selene with suspicion for killing one of their vampire elders.
What to expect? A slickly produced gothic action film that focusses on well-choreographed fight scenes while maintaining a gothic horror atmosphere. Extensive scenes of serious physical harm that depict gore and viscera, which is likely to be greatly disturbing and shocking to young viewers.
Older teenagers are likely to place the film within its generic and fictional context.
08/11/2016 - R16: Violence, sexual violence, offensive language and nudity. Read more about Nocturnal Animals
What's it about? A thriller that oscillates between the reality of successful L.A. art gallery owner, Susan's (Amy Adams) life and a manuscript she reads written by her first husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). As both stories unfold it becomes clear that Edward has written the novel and sent it to Susan in order to take revenge on her.
What to expect? The dominant effect is a smart and stylish thriller focused on the theme of revenge. It contains some strong scenes of violence and cruelty and deals extensively with sexual violence, all of which have a strong impact on the viewer.
This includes extensive scenes containing the threat of sexual violence, callous taunts, and a brief rape scene. There is periodic use of highly offensive language in an aggressive context.
08/11/2016 - R16: Violence, offensive language, sexual material and other content that may offend. Read more about
What's it about? Billy Bob Thornton returns as the foul-mouthed alcoholic anti-hero Willie Soke. Willie is lured to Chicago by his angry side-kick Marcus (Tony Cox), to crack a safe and rob a large Christmas charity.
What to expect? Strong sexual references throughout, and several sex scenes which are all over-the-top and intended to be comical in the manner of black humour, but are unsuitable for younger viewers who may not have the maturity or experience to deal with sexually explicit references.
The dominant effect is of an acerbic, crass black comedy. Most of the humour presented is intended to be shocking and satirical. There is an attempted suicide scene at the start of the film but the depiction is not considered to carry any risk of emulation due to the context. It is intended to be darkly humorous, and illustrates the sorry state of Willie's life.