R18+ films

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Hello. I find film classification highly fascinating. I think the Australian Classification Board for the most part does a fantastic job.

I find it very interesting how much things have changed over the years. Perhaps the most noticeable change has been with the R18+ classification.

Even after the creation of the MA15+ classification, there were quite a few R18+ films released in 1990s and 2000s that seem more MA15+ by today's standards, and some that seem R18+ by today's standards, but have consumer advice they probably wouldn't have today.

I've always been curious as to which scenes and/or themes in particular caused the R18+ classification of such films. I believe every film that has been classified by the Australian Classification Board has a report, that actually explains the specific reasons for the classification. So if it's not too much trouble, I was wondering if you'd be willing to grant me access to the reports of some films:

American Psycho (2000)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Desperado (1995)

Lost Highway (1997)

8MM (1999)

The Pledge (2001)

U Turn (1997)

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)

Narc (2002)

Summer of Sam (1999)

The Salton Sea (2002)

Titus (1999)

Little Odessa (1994)

No Way Home (1996)

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Good afternoon,

I refer to your FOI request below received on 06 May 2022. I have been advised by the line area responsible for processing your request that you may wish to consider having this request processed outside of the FOI process. This is called an administrative release. The line area has advised that because you are seeking decision reports only for the films listed below, they quite often release these documents administratively as opposed to under the formal FOI process. What this means for you is that the process is generally a lot quicker however should any redactions be made to the documents released to you, you will not be able to seek a review of the decision. Further information regarding the administrative release of documents is available on the OAIC website - https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

Could you please confirm by close of business Tuesday 31 May 2022 if you agree to this proposal?

Thank you,

Kristin
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Hello. I find film classification highly fascinating. I think the Australian Classification Board for the most part does a fantastic job.

I find it very interesting how much things have changed over the years. Perhaps the most noticeable change has been with the R18+ classification.

Even after the creation of the MA15+ classification, there were quite a few R18+ films released in 1990s and 2000s that seem more MA15+ by today's standards, and some that seem R18+ by today's standards, but have consumer advice they probably wouldn't have today.

I've always been curious as to which scenes and/or themes in particular caused the R18+ classification of such films. I believe every film that has been classified by the Australian Classification Board has a report, that actually explains the specific reasons for the classification. So if it's not too much trouble, I was wondering if you'd be willing to grant me access to the reports of some films:

American Psycho (2000)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Desperado (1995)

Lost Highway (1997)

8MM (1999)

The Pledge (2001)

U Turn (1997)

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)

Narc (2002)

Summer of Sam (1999)

The Salton Sea (2002)

Titus (1999)

Little Odessa (1994)

No Way Home (1996)

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I agree to this proposal.

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Hello again, sorry if I sound rude, but it's been a while, when can I expect a response?

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Good afternoon Guy,

 

Apologies for the delay in providing documents relating to your movie
classification request originally received on 06 May 2022. These documents
are now attached as requested.

 

Our Department now considers this matter as finalised however please do
not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

 

Regards,

Kristin

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Parliamentary & Communication Division

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That's fine, thank you very much.

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Actually, I'm very sorry if I'm being annoying, but the reports for Narc, Lost Highway, American Psycho and 3000 Miles To Graceland don't list scenes that contributed to the R18+ classification. That's because they're the reports for the DVD, not the 35 mm theatrical releases. If it's not too much trouble, would you possibly be able to send me the reports for those films that are?