A series of videos about talking to young people, part of our 'Minds Over Media' campaign.
An online version of Challenging Media, our Parents' Guide.
Our featured decision for 13 Reasons Why: Season 2. See our episode-by-episode guide here.
06 November 2018
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01 May 2018
Including updates on the latest research carried out by the Office of Film & Literature Classification, media releases and other breaking news.
05 November 2018
The Chief Censor warns that decisions on the impacts of online pornography must be based on evidence Read more
16 May 2018
Chief Censor David Shanks warns parents and caregivers of vulnerable children and teenagers to be prepared for the return of 13 Reasons Why Read more
04 July 2017
Our research into young people's thoughts and experiences on viewing sexual violence in media. Read more about our research on young people viewing sexual violence
09/11/2018 - M: Contains violence Read more about Thugs of Hindostan
What is it? Thugs of Hindostan is an epic action-adventure film, spoken in Hindi with English subtitles. Set in 1795, the film follows a band of Indian ‘thugs’ who fight back against the British East India Company and their occupation of Indian land. The film has a star-studded cast, and apparently was made with the biggest budget in Bollywood history. Our staff likened the film to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as it has plenty of humour, period costume and swashbuckling action. Song and dance routines add to the fun.
What to expect? The film depicts a moderate extent of cruelty and violence. For the most part, these depictions are sanitised; however, younger children may be distressed by the violent content, so parental guidance is advised. There are a few instances where prisoners are treated cruelly, including a young boy and an older man. These scenes are brief.
There are several large-scale battle scenes where characters are injured by cannon balls, swords and bullets. Overall there is little blood or focus on injuries but we do see occasional, fleeting close-ups of stabbings. There are two scenes where people briefly flail about as they are caught on fire – these are the strongest scenes of bodily harm.
12/10/2018 - M: Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb Read more about Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
What is it? Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a hybrid turn-based strategy/adventure game that is played from a third-person perspective. Players move freely around the environment until they engage enemies in combat, at which point the game seamlessly transitions into a turn-based tactical strategy game, played out on grids.
The game is set after a nuclear apocalypse occurs. Humans (as we know them) have died out, with those that remain mutated and touched by radiation. The player controls a pair of human-animal hybrids, Bormin and Dux. They live in the Ark, the final bastion of civilisation which is slowly running out of resources. Bormin and Dux are “stalkers”, scavengers who venture out of the Ark in order to collect food, water, and scrap for the town, as well as protect them from Ghouls – aggressive, inhuman wanderers who roam the world. When a veteran stalker goes missing, Bormin and Dux are sent on a mission to find him. They discover that the stalker was searching for the mythical Eden, a paradise where humanity might still remain.
What to expect? Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is an engaging and challenging hybrid turn-based/adventure game set in a post-human society. It contains regular depictions of sci-fi violence and mild elements of horror, however these are unlikely to shock and disturb children to a degree where a legal restriction would be warranted. Outside of this there is the occasional use of highly offensive language; again this is unlikely to harm young viewers and as such restricting on these grounds would be unwarranted.
11/10/2018 - R16: Violence and offensive language Read more about Bad Times at the El Royale
What is it? Bad Times at the El Royale is a mystery thriller film set in 1969. It follows six strangers who find themselves at the El Royale, a rundown hotel on the border of California and Nevada. The characters include Darlene, a struggling singer; Father Flynn, a priest; Laramie, a vacuum cleaner salesman; and Emily, who has just rescued her younger sister Rose from a cult. The guests are looked after by Miles, the hotel’s sole staff member and concierge. However, the hotel has two-way mirrors from which Miles is required to spy through and film his guests. The film follows a non-linear storyline, presenting various events from the perspective of each guest, until Billy Lee, Rose’s dangerous cult-leader boyfriend, shows up at the El Royale.
What to expect? An enthralling mystery film. The film’s treatment of violence is somewhat sensationalised. The realistic, sudden, and bloody deaths depicted are likely to be shocking and disturbing to children and younger teenagers. The use of offensive language also supports a restriction.
Older teenagers and adults are emotionally and intellectually mature enough to distinguish it as fiction.
10/09/2018 - R16: Contains violence, sexual references and offensive language Read more about The Predator
What is it? The Predator is the fourth instalment in the Predator science-fiction film franchise. Captain McKenna, when on an army mission in Mexico, stumbles across an alien spaceship. He finds that the creature from the ship has brutally murdered two of his team. As evidence, he sends a mask and piece of equipment from the vessel back home. Rory, McKenna’s young son, accidentally triggers the tracking devices embedded in the equipment, unintentionally making him the alien’s biggest target. Captain McKenna teams up with other disgraced military men and Dr. Casey Bracket, a biologist, to try and kill the Predator that is after his son.
What to expect? The film is a well-made, exhilarating production from a popular franchise, depicting battles against aliens. The high extent of gruesome violence is likely to be frightening to younger teens and children, who are also likely to be shocked and disturbed by it and the depictions of dead bodies. The level of offensive language and sexual references may be harmful to younger viewers, as the casual and repetitive use may have a normalising effect or encourage young viewers to emulate it.
Older teenagers and adults will be able to place the material into a fictitious context contrived as entertainment.
06/09/2018 - R16: Horror and deals with suicide Read more about The Nun
What is it? The Nun is a supernatural horror film, set in the Conjuring universe. The film explores the origin story of Valak, an evil entity featured in The Conjuring 2. Set in Romania in 1952, the story centres around the remote and sprawling Abbey of St Carta, where two nuns find themselves at the mercy of a dark force that lurks deep within the bowels of the castle. One nun is dragged bloody and screaming into the depths, while the other runs to an upper storey, ties a noose around her neck, and throws herself from the window. News of the suicide reaches Rome, and Father Burke, a priest, and Sister Irene, a young novitiate, are sent to investigate. The two uncover the castle’s dark history and the demonic entity that haunts it.
What to expect? Firmly embedding the horror narrative within a religious context that features the symbolism and iconography of both Catholicism and witchcraft, The Nun maximises the inherent tension between the holy and the profane, to entertainingly creepy effect. Though restrained in its depiction of gore, the scenes of decomposing bodies and reanimated corpses, combined with the jump scares, aggressively evil entities, and overall atmosphere of foreboding, would be shocking and disturbing to children and younger teens. Younger viewers are also likely to be disturbed by the scenes of suicide. Though fantastical in nature, they are dark in tone.
Older audiences are mature enough to adequately contextualise the supernatural imagery without adverse effect.
17/07/2018 - R16: Bloody Violence Read more about Quake Champions
What’s it about? Quake Champions is a multiplayer arena first-person shooter for PC. It collects a pantheon of characters from previous Quake games together in mortal combat, adding abilities and custom stats to differentiate each character’s playstyle. The game is still being actively developed, and currently features familiar competitive multiplayer modes of Free For All, Team Deathmatch and Instagib, as well as a round based version of the series’ renowned Duel. While the game will evolve over time, with more characters, maps, and cosmetic items, as well as an upcoming Capture The Flag mode, the classifiable content is not likely to significantly change from this version examined.
What to expect? Quake Champions is a frenetic and fun multiplayer first person shooter. Its sci-fi setting involves low level horror, and in its near-continuous combat gameplay, there is copious blood and gore. While kills with a lightning gun leave corpses sparking with residual energy, use of explosives and bullets can separate head from shoulders, limbs from torso, and if the opponent is particularly low on health explode in a burst of bleeding chunks and bones. Yet the pace of gameplay means there is rarely time to dwell on the details, indistinctly meaty as they are, with the gore systems primarily used as satisfying feedback for successful play. Nonetheless, this frequent and gory violence is likely to disturb younger players, particularly where recognisably human characters are dismembered and cloven. Quake Champions is therefore restricted to persons who have attained the age of 16 years.