Are film classifications legal?

The British Board of Film Classification is an interesting creation – a privately funded, not-for-profit, part-voluntary, part-statutory, regulatory body. The classification process is still voluntary, and the BBFC’s age certificates (12A, 18 etc.) have limited legal significance.

What is cinema classification?

Films are classified according to the treatment and impact of the eight main classifiable elements of public concern, specifically theme, language, sex, nudity, violence & cruelty, horror & menace, drug use, and criminal behavior. Classification also depends on the context.

What does R13 mean in movies?

R13 means there is a legal age restriction When you see an R13 label on a film, DVD, game or book, it means there is a legal age restriction in place on that publication. It is an offence under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 to supply an R13 item to anyone under 13.

What does 12A cinema classification mean?

The BBFC has released a new advert to help increase awareness of what the 12A cinema rating means. In 2013 the BBFC found that 75% of the British public understand that a film rated 12A is generally suitable for children aged 12 and over, but a younger child may see the film if accompanied by an adult.

What are the different movie classifications?

Movie (Film) Ratings

  • G: General Audiences. This program is designed to be appropriate for all ages.
  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested. Parents are urged to give parental guidance.
  • PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may not be suited for children under age 13.
  • R: Restricted.
  • NC-17: Clearly Adult.

Is it illegal to watch R rated movies?

Having a film rated is entirely voluntary. There are no legal requirements to do so. However, members of the MPAA have agreed to have all theatrically released movies rated. If they want to, theaters can strictly enforce the ratings.

Where can I find movie classification in New Zealand?

There are two sources of information on New Zealand classifications of films, games, books, or other publications. One is the Film and Video Labelling Body Database, and the other is the NZ Register of Classification Decisions. This page explains where you should search, depending on the classification information you are looking for.

How does a film get a classification in Australia?

Where the film or game requires restriction (for example if it has been classified MA15+ in Australia), the Labelling Body will forward the film or game to the Classification Office for classification. Labels can only be issued once a film or game has been rated or classified.

How do you get classification in New Zealand?

All films and restricted games supplied to the public must be submitted to the Film and Video Labelling Body in order to obtain a New Zealand classification label.

Who is responsible for classifying books in New Zealand?

Office of Film and Literature Classification – NZ The Office of Film & Literature Classification is the Government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand.