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Christmas/New Year films and games

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With the holiday and gift-giving period fast approaching, the Classification Board would like to remind everyone about the classification markings and ratings restrictions, and provide a list of upcoming intended theatrical-release films and some already-released and upcoming computer games:

Classification

Description

Classification label: G, general.

Is for a general audience. However, it does not necessarily indicate that children or young people will enjoy the film or the game. Some G media contains themes or story‑lines that do not interest children or young people.

Classification label: PG, parental guidance recommended.

May contain material which some children/young people find confusing or upsetting, and may require the guidance of parents or supervisors. This media is not recommended for viewing by persons under 15 without guidance from adults. Parents may choose to watch the material with their children or find it sufficient to be accessible during or after the viewing to discuss content.

Classification label: M: recommended for mature audiences.

Is not recommended for persons under 15 years of age. There are no legal restrictions on access.

Classification label: MA 15 plus, restricted: not suitable for people under 15 years who must be accompanied by an adult.

Is considered unsuitable for persons under 15 years of age. It is a legally restricted category. People under 15 years of age may watch this category of film in a cinema, however, an accompanying adult must be present in the cinema for the duration of the film.

Classification label: R 18 plus restricted: resstricted to people aged 18 years and over.

Is legally restricted to adults.

Classification label: CTC: check the classificaton.

CTC = Check the Classification

Film releases

(Note: Distributors may change dates of actual release)

Intended release date

Film title

Genre

Rating

Consumer advice

20 December 2018

Bumblebee

NB: There are two versions of this film

Action, adventure

PG

Mild science fiction violence and mild themes. Some scenes may scare young children.

20 December 2018

Bumblebee

NB: There are two versions of this film

Action, adventure

M

Action violence

20 December 2018

Colette

Drama

M

Sex scenes and nudity

21 December 2018

Master Z—The Ip Man Legacy

Action

M

Mature themes, violence and drug use

21 December 2018

Zero

Drama, comedy

PG

Mild themes and coarse language

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

Aquaman

Action, adventure

M

Fantasy violence

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

Cold War

Drama, romance

M

Mature themes, coarse language and sex

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

The Favourite

Drama

MA 15+

Strong coarse language

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

Holmes & Watson

Comedy

M

Crude humour and coarse language

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

Kusama—Infinity

Documentary

M

Artistic nudity

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

Piercing

Suspense

CTC

 

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Animation, adventure

PG

Mild themes and animated violence

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

Vice

Drama, comedy

M

Mature themes and coarse language

Boxing Day

26 December 2018

The Wild Pear Tree (AKA Ahlat Agaci)

Drama

M

Mature themes and coarse language

28 December 2018

Simmba

Action, comedy

M

Mature themes, violence and drug use

1 January 2019

Mary Poppins Returns

Musical

G

A scene of very mild peril

3 January 2019

Eighth Grade

Comedy, drama

M

Sexual references and coarse language

3 January 2019

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2D and 3D)

Animation, adventure

PG

Mild fantasy themes and violence

10 January 2019

Instant Family

NB: There are two versions of this film

Comedy

M

Coarse language

10 January 2019

Instant Family

NB: There are two versions of this film

Comedy

PG

Mild themes, coarse language, drug references and violence

10 January 2019

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

Documentary

MA 15+

Strong themes and violence

10 January 2019

Pick of the Litter

Documentary

G

General

11 January 2019

The Accidental Prime Minister

Drama

CTC

 

11 January 2019

Uri: The Surgical Strike

Action, suspense

CTC

 

11 January 2019

Reign Of The Supermen

Action

CTC

 

17 January 2019

Glass

Thriller

CTC

 

17 January 2019

The Guilty

Suspense

CTC

 

17 January 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King

Adventure, fantasy

CTC

 

17 January 2019

Loro

Drama

MA 15+

Strong sex scenes and drug use

17 January 2019

Mary Queen Of Scots

Drama

MA 15+

Strong sex scenes and violence

17 January 2019

Skate Kitchen

Drama

MA 15+

Strong sex scenes and coarse language

17 January 2019

Storm Boy

Drama, family

PG

Mild themes and occasional coarse language

21 January 2019

Enai Noki Paayum Thota

Action, drama

CTC

 

24 January 2019

Dragon Ball Super The Movie—Broly

Animation

CTC

 

24 January 2019

Free Solo

Documentary

M

Coarse language

24 January 2019

Green Book

Drama

M

Coarse language

24 January 2019

Let The Sunshine In AKA Un Beau Soleil Interieur

Comedy, drama

MA 15+

Strong sex scene

24 January 2019

The Mule

Drama

M

Coarse language and nudity

25 January 2019

Cheat India

Drama

CTC

 

25 January 2019

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Drama

CTC

 

31 January 2019

Ben Is Back

Drama

PG

Mild themes and violence

31 January 2019

The Front Runner

Drama

M

Coarse language

31 January 2019

The Hate U Give

Drama

M

Mature themes, violence and coarse language

31 January 2019

King Of Thieves

Drama

M

Coarse language

31 January 2019

Welcome To Marwen

Drama

M

Mature themes and violence

 

Other films which the Board found memorable during 2018 included:

Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween (PG, Mild supernatural themes); Le Retour du Heros AKA The Return of the Hero (M, Sex scenes); On the Basis of Sex (M, Coarse language); Roma (MA 15+, Strong themes and nudity); Sorry to Bother You (MA 15+, Strong sex scenes, coarse language, drug use and nudity); The Price of Everything (M, Coarse language and nudity); They Shall Not Grow Old (MA 15+, Strong war themes and injury detail); Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA 15+, Strong themes and coarse language. Venom (M, Science fiction themes, violence and coarse language); Who’s Watching Oliver (MA 15+, Strong themes, sexual and sexualised violence and coarse language); You Were Never Really Here (MA 15+, Strong themes and violence).

Games releases

The games are divided into three lists: Australian-made; Recent and Upcoming; and Popular.

Australian-made games

Game title

Platform

Rating

Consumer advice

Big Bash Boom

Multiple

G

General, online interactivity

Florence

Android, iOS

G

General

The Gardens Between

Multiple

G

General

Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy

Multiple

PG

Mild themes

 

Recent and upcoming games

Game title

Platform

Rating

Consumer advice

Battlefield V

Multiple

MA 15+

Strong violence and coarse language, online interactivity

Fitness Boxing

Nintendo Switch

G

General

Just Cause 4 

Multiple

MA 15+

Strong violence, online interactivity

Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu!

Nintendo Switch

PG

Mild themes and violence, online Interactivity

Pokemon Let's Go, Eevee!

Nintendo Switch

PG

Mild themes and violence, online Interactivity

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

PS4/Xbox One

G

Very mild fantasy themes and violence

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo Switch

PG

Mild themes and violence, online interactivity

 

Popular games

Game title

Platform

Rating

Consumer advice

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Multiple

MA 15+

Strong violence, online interactivity

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

Multiple

MA 15+

Strong supernatural themes and bloody violence, online interactivity

Fifa 19

Multiple

G

General, online interactivity

Forza Horizon 4

XBox One, Windows

G

Very mild themes, online interactivity

Just Dance 2019

Multiple

G

Very mild themes and coarse language, online interactivity

Marvel's Spider-Man

PS4

M

Mature themes and violence

Red Dead Redemption II

PS4 /Xbox One

MA 15+

Strong themes and violence online interactivity

 

Margaret Anderson
Director
Classification Board