Comparing classifications and broadcast ratings
Our recent representative survey found that New Zealanders would find classification labels on TV useful, and so for the past few weeks we've put together tables showing classification labels alongside broadcast content.
The comparisons show the variety of content that can be rated PGR and AO or AO (9:30pm) for broadcast, which are given more specific age-restrictions when released on DVD on streaming services like Netflix.
- See our latest listing of broadcast content alongside classification information
- Read about our representative survey asking if people would find classification labels useful on TV
- Read our article: Making wise viewing choices for children and families on free to air television
The Hateful Eight
R18 Graphic violence, sexual violence and offensive language
The Hateful Eight is a slow-burning Western whodunit/character-study that capitalises on its desolate setting, shocking violence and racism for effect. It has artistic merit associated with the technical strength of the film, and is an interesting piece of filmmaking from a notorious and popular director (Quentin Tarantino).
At the outset of the film, the violence appears moderate in manner and extent but builds to climactic intensity as the film progresses.
There is also a strong scene of sexual violence in the film which includes themes of power, dominance and racism that makes for highly disturbing viewing intended for adults.
R16 Graphic violence, sexual violence and content that may disturb
The film is an epic survival drama set in the 1820s on the American frontier, and is loosely based on a true story. Hugh Glass, an adventurer and guide, is abandoned by his party of pelt traders after being near-fatally mauled by a bear.
The film opens with an intensely violent and realistic battle sequence which depicts numerous men struck by arrows in all parts of the body. There is other violent and cruel content in the film, including a scene of sexual violence, that clearly signify that it is intended for a mature audience. This material would be greatly disturbing and shocking to young viewers, justifying its restriction to viewers who have attained the age of 16 years.
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.
Some content in the anti-superhero movie 'Deadpool' was cut from the film to ensure an R rating in the US. NC-17 is the rating above R, and distributors try hard to avoid this as many cinemas in the US do not play NC-17 films. This illustrates how film ratings in the US affect the content we ultimately see in NZ (as we'll likely get the US theatrical cut here). We don't know of any cinemas in NZ that refuse to screen films based on their classification.
See Broadcast classification info for this week. New this week is the 'X-Files' miniseries - previous episodes of 'The X-Files' have been classified M and R13 by our office.
The game 'Mortal Kombat XL' has been classified R18 "Graphic violence". This is the 11th 'Mortal Kombat' game we've classified. The original games led to a game rating system being adopted in the US (the ESRB) and the series continued to be controversial, with the 2011 version being banned in Australia, Germany, and South Korea.
Upcoming Marvel anti-superhero movie 'Deadpool' won't be released in China due to violence, nudity and offensive language, according to reports. The film has not yet been classified in NZ, but the trailer is classified R16 'violence, sexual references & offensive language'.
See classification decision summaries for movies 'The Hateful Eight' (R18) & 'The Revenant' (R16) on our website homepage