Movie Ratings

 

The Films, Videos and Publications Act requires all films for public exhibition to be classified. The classifications listed may sometimes have a cautionary note attached beside them.


Exempt

In accordance with Section 8 of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993, these films are considered exempt from classification, and therefore do not have any specific age restriction attached. Viewer discretion is still advised however, and care should be taken to ensure the content of the film is appropriate for the intended audience.  

 

G

These films are for general viewing. However, G does not conclusively mean a children’s film because many of these productions contain content that would be of no interest to children.

The content is very mild.

PG

These films contain material that a parent might need to explain to younger children.

The content is mild.

M

These films contain material that requires a mature perspective.

The content is moderate.

R13

Restricted to audiences of 13 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label.

RP13

Restricted to audiences of 13 years or over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. A guardian is considered to be a responsible adult (18 years and over), for example, a family member or teacher who can provide guidance. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label.

R15

Restricted to audiences of 15 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label.

R16

Restricted to audiences of 16 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label.

RP16

Restricted to audiences of 16 years or over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. A guardian is considered to be a responsible adult (18 years and over), for example, a family member or teacher who can provide guidance. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label.

R18

Restricted to audiences of 18 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label.

Restricted

 

This means that there is a special restriction on the film or video. The restriction is described to the right of the classification symbol and above the descriptive note, for example, restricted to persons 16 years or over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian (this is the equivalent of the RP classification used under the previous Films Act 1983).

TBC

This film has not yet been classified. To Be Classified closer to release date.


Please note that for all Restricted films suitable proof of age will be required at the Ticket Office to purchase tickets and also enter the cinema. A drivers license or Photo ID, which displays a DOB, is required as proof of age for restricted films.