Film classification categories explained...

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The advisory categories for films

The following three classification categories are advisory categories. This means there are no legal restrictions about viewing and/or playing these films  with these markings.

General (G)
General G 
The content is very mild in impact.
The G classification is suitable for everyone. G products may contain classifiable elements such as language and themes that are very mild in impact. However, some G-classified films or computer games may contain content that is not of interest to children.
Parental Guidance (PG)
Parental Guidance (PG) 
The content is mild in impact.
The impact of PG (Parental Guidance) classified films and computer games should be no higher than mild, but they may contain content that children find confusing or upsetting and may require the guidance or parents and guardians. They may, for example, contain classifiable elements such as language and themes that are mild in impact. It is not recommended for viewing or playing by persons under 15 without guidance from parents or guardians
Mature (M)
Mature (M) 
The content is moderate in impact.
Films and computer games classified M (Mature) contain content of a moderate impact and are recommended for teenagers aged 15 years and over.
Children under 15 may legally access this material because it is an advisory category. However, M classified films may include classifiable elements such as violence and nudity of moderate impact that are not recommended for children under 15 years.
Parents and guardians may need to find out more about the film's specific content, before deciding whether the material is suitable for their child.



The Restricted categories for films

The following classification categories are restricted categories. This means there are legal restrictions on viewing or playing these films and computer games.

Mature Accompanied
(MA 15+)

Mature Accompanied  
The content is strong in impact.
MA 15+ classified material contains strong content and is legally restricted to persons 15 years and over. It may contain classifiable elements such as sex scenes and drug use that are strong in impact. A person may be asked to show proof of their age before hiring or purchasing an MA 15+ film or computer game. Cinema staff may also request that the person show proof of their age before allowing them to watch an MA 15+ film. Children under the age of 15 may not legally watch, buy or hire MA 15+ classified material unless they are in the company of a parent or adult guardian. Children under 15 who go to the cinema to see an MA 15+ film must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian for the duration of the film. The parent or adult guardian must also purchase the movie ticket for the child.
The guardian must be an adult exercising parental control over the person under 15 years of age. The guardian needs to be 18 years or older.
Restricted (R18+)

Restricted (R18+) 
 
The content is high in impact
R 18+ classified material is restricted to adults. Such material may contain classifiable elements such as sex scenes and drug use that are high in impact. Some material classified R18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. A person may be asked for proof of their age before purchasing, hiring or viewing R18+ films and computer games at a retail store or cinema.

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