Monday, January 31, 2011

12A guidelines

Any misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or give instructional detail.

Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained.

Imitable behaviour
Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be copied, or appear pain or harm free. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.

Moderate language is allowed. The use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’) must be infrequent.

Nudity is allowed, but in a sexual context must be brief and discreet.

Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable.

Mature themes are acceptable, but their treatment must be suitable for young teenagers.

Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context. Sexual violence may only be implied or briefly and discreetly indicated, and must have a strong contextual justification.


Discriminatory language or behaviour must not be endorsed by the work as a whole. Aggressive discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely
to be acceptable unless clearly condemned.

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