New UK guidelines for films depicting sexual violence

Posted Tuesday 22 Jan 2019

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new guidelines which include a key change to the classification of films which include scenes of rape and other forms of sexual violence. The change means that no film that contains depictions of rape and strong sexual violence will be allowed a rating below 15. The guidelines also say depictions of sexual violence in 15-rated films must not be "detailed or prolonged". Little or no change is being made to guidelines around swearing or non-sexual violence.


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New Zealand women directors to shine at 2019 Berlinale

Posted Tuesday 22 Jan 2019

But wait, there's more good news! Congratulations also to these members whose films will feature in the 2019 Berlinale:
Armagan Ballantyne, writer/director and Maria Ines Manchego, writer/DOP, Hush; Zia Mandviwalla, director Chef's Table - Asma Khan; Vea Mafile'o director/screenwriter Vincent Burke executive producer, Margot Francis editor For My Father's Kingdom; Kerry Warkia, producer Vai; Chelsea Winstanley, producer Merata: How Mum Decolonised The Screen; Catherine Fitzgerald, producer One Thousand Ropes; Ngaire Fuata, producer Liliu; Vea Mafile'o, writer, director, producer Toa'ipuapug?, Strength in Suffering.

The 2019 Berlinale runs 7-17 February, 2019, and is one of the world's most important film festivals, screening up to 400 films each year, predominantly world or European premieres. Vai and For My Father's Kingdom will have their world premieres at the festival.


A still from For My Father's Kingdom