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.
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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.
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
09 March 2018
A short film by young filmmakers, part of our 'Minds Over media' campaign. Read more about the short film
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
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.
15/06/2018 - R13: Violence, sexual references and content that may disturb Read more about Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
What’s it about? Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition is a high-fantasy role playing game set in a vibrant world of magic and mystery. From a 3/4 overhead perspective the player controls a party of up to four characters as they complete quests, defeat enemies and collect loot. The turn-based combat is enhanced by a unique system of physical interactions, where elemental spells and environmental effects combine in logical and at times explosive ways.
What to expect? The game is a lengthy and engaging fantasy role playing game which is highly reactive to player choices. It contains frequent depictions of tactical combat, which may result in bloody gore. While this is limited by the overhead perspective and fantasy setting, coupled with scenes of cruelty and horror, these are likely to prove disturbing to younger players. Alongside some flowery but rather suggestive sexual references, the game is clearly intended for a mature audience. All things considered, Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition is best restricted to those aged 13 years and over.
07/06/2018 - R16: Violence and cruelty Read more about Inuyashiki
What’s it about? Inuyashiki is a superhero action film set in contemporary Tokyo. Ichirō Inuyashiki is a middle-aged office drone with incurable cancer who is constantly disparaged by his family and his boss. One evening he is blinded by a bright light in a park and wakes up to find he has become a weaponised cyborg. Empowered, he also discovers he can cure people of terminal afflictions, which gives him a new lease on life. However, that same night a teenager (Hiro Shishigami) was also in the park, and has undergone the same transformation. But Hiro decides he is no longer human, devolving into a cold blooded mass murderer who exacts revenge on anyone who provokes him. With Japan’s citizens under threat, meek and mild Inuyashiki becomes a reluctant hero.
What to expect? Inuyashiki is a superhero action film with a strong emphasis on character development. It contains scenes of moderately graphic violence which are likely to disturb younger viewers, particularly where they involve a high degree of cruelty such as the murder of an innocent family. The frequency of the violence, and the manner in which mass murder is treated rather casually, are also likely to desensitise younger viewers. However, older teenagers and adults have the maturity to put these elements of the publication into the context of a superhero action thriller in which the viewer has some sympathy for the villain.
01/06/2018 - R16: Horror and content that may disturb Read more about Hereditary
What’s it about? This is a psychological horror film which follows the Graham family after their mysterious matriarch, Ellen, passes away. Mother Annie is surprised at how little she feels after her mother’s passing, but Charlie, Annie’s disheveled, birdlike 13-year old daughter, is distraught. Annie’s husband Steve gets an eerie phone call in the aftermath — Annie’s mother’s grave has been desecrated. Meanwhile, their son Peter smokes himself into oblivion when not verbally sparring with Annie, with whom he shares a deep, unnerving resentment. Apparitions emerge, strangers stare at Charlie with a haunting sense of knowing, and tragedies continue to unfold, yanking away the veil that only barely masks the horrific history of this family.
What to expect? Hereditary is a slow-burning psychological horror that focuses on grief and the dark secrets that family members keep from one another. It contains a high extent of horror and gore which, when combined with its occult imagery and tense atmosphere, are likely to shock and disturb children and younger teenagers. Older teenagers and adults are likely to have the maturity to put these elements into their filmic and generic contexts without being negatively affected. As such the film is classified R16.