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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
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.
08/11/2016 - R16: Violence and offensive language. Read more about Hell Or High Water
What's it about? A divorced father (Chris Pine - Star Trek) and his ex-con older brother (Ben Foster - The Program) resort to a desperate scheme to save their family's ranch in West Texas. They rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land, and along the way attract the attention of a tenacious and soon-to-be retired Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges).
What to expect? Scenes containing crime, cruelty, violence and highly offensive language that would be greatly disturbing and shocking to young viewers. The dominant effect is a well-made, character-driven crime drama with western genre elements.
Toby and Tanner's illegal behaviour, while it eventually has tragic consequences, is also viewed against the predatory lending behaviour of the banks and limited options for an underclass of people just scraping by financially.
This gives the story a moral complexity that younger viewers would struggle with. For these reasons, the Classification Office has restricted the film to viewers aged 16 years and over.
06/11/2016 - R16: Sex scenes, violence, drug use and offensive language. Read more about War On Everyone
What's it about? Bob Bolero and Terry Monroe are corrupt New Mexico cops. These hard-drinking, wise-cracking anti-heroes relish in brazenly blackmailing, robbing and beating up all the criminals they encounter. After they come up against criminal kingpin, James Mangan, things get very, very personal.
What to expect? The film has a fast-paced Tarantino-style aesthetic and lurches from one frenzied violent set piece to another knowingly referencing cop-movie conventions in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
The quickly-edited but frequent depictions of assault and murder, as well as occasional torture scenes, are likely to shock and disturb children and younger teenagers, or otherwise have an inuring effect on them. The film is saturated with highly offensive language, and candid but brief depictions of drug use and sexual intercourse and sexualised nudity.
Younger audiences are not likely to have the life experience or maturity to understand the black humour permeating through these scenes. Older teenagers and adults are likely to put these strong scenes of violence and sexual material into the context of a satiricial, over-the-top narrative.
04/11/2016 - R15: Depicts graphic and realistic war scenes. Read more about Hacksaw Ridge
What's it about? Hacksaw Ridge dramatises the real-life experiences of World War II American soldier, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield - The Amazing Spider-Man), the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss went to war but refused to fire a bullet, choosing to enter the battlefield without a weapon.
What to expect? The film has a high extent and degree of violence, which initially touches on domestic violence and bullying, and progresses to explosive gut-wrenching war combat in the second half.
The most significant element of the dominant effect is the way the film shows the futility of war. The extent and degree of violence and cruelty in the second half of the film, although highly edited and contextualised in the dominant effect, has the potential to disturb and distress children and younger teenagers.
The graphic nature of violence warrants restriction, and a higher restriction may have been necessary. However, the Classification Office has balanced the high impact of these depictions against the film's artistic merit, and cultural and educational value.
01/10/2016 - R16: Violence, offensive language, sex scenes and content that may disturb. Read more about The Girl On The Train
The Girl On The Train is set in the outskirts of New York City and has a running time of just under 112 minutes.
The film is based on British author, Paula Hawkins' 2015 bestselling neo-noir, psychological thriller about a troubled woman, Rachel Watson, who takes the train every day. The journey passes the street where she used to live with her ex-husband, Tom. She spends her commuting time creating fantasies about a new couple who also live on the street, and whom she sees in glancing intimate moments.
One morning, she notices something that shocks her and soon becomes embroiled in mystery and murder. Addiction and trauma have clouded her memory and she becomes obsessed with finding the truth.
This feature targets viewers who are older teens and adults, those are more likely to have the analytical ability and measures to make sense of the complex storyline and distance themselves from the stronger material. There is subject matter to do with sex, violence, horror and cruelty which builds as the narrative plays out. Rachel's character is often confronted and deliberately confused. There are scenes of domestic violence and some psychological cruelty.
Many of the images that convey these themes are glancing and difficult to put into a meaningful context until the final scenes. The likelihood of this material being confusing and disturbing for younger viewers is high. For these reasons, The Girl On The Train is restricted to an audience aged 16 years and over.