Australian Council on Children and the Media

One Direction: Where we are

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Parental guidance recommended under 8 due to themes and possible lack of interest for very young children

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for One Direction: Where we are
  • a review of One Direction: Where we are completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 October 2014.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Parental guidance recommended due to themes and a possible lack of interest
Children aged 8 and over OK for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: One Direction: Where we are
Classification: G
Length 97 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

One Direction: Where we are is a film that follows the famous boy-band One Direction as they tour Italy. The concert and performance-based aspects of the film take place at the iconic San Siro Stadium in Milan. However, the film is also intercut with additional behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the five band members. Where We Are contains musical numbers sung by the band, as well as wide panning shots of the audience. At several points throughout the film, we see screaming and crying female fans in the audience who are singing along to One Direction’s song lyrics. During the interviews, the members of One Direction talk directly to the camera and address the film viewers themselves – this is used to create an impression of being at the concert as well, via the medium of the film.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Music and performance; relationships and friendship; ambition; fame

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

None of concern

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

Nothing of concern

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Nothing of concern

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Nothing of concern

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing of concern

Product placement

There is limited product placement in the film, apart from the obvious promotion of the band itself

Sexual references

There are limited sexual references, including:

  • Band member Liam makes a comment about needing to change his jeans as they are too tight – he quickly adds after this comment, ‘Steady on there, no more media attention please’.

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Use of substances

None of concern.

Coarse language

None of concern.

In a nutshell

One Direction: Where we are is a film that follows the five young male band members on tour. Although it is predominantly comprised of concert footage with the band in performance, the film encourages the notion that dreams can come true. It highlights the need for believing in oneself, the need to rely on friends for support in times of both hardship and success, and clarifies the level of determination and ambition that can sometimes be required in order to succeed within certain environments.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Hard work and determination are needed in order to succeed.
  • The need to have strong friendships and relationships to support you in your endeavours.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • The nature of fame, and the positive as well as negative aspects of living life within the public eye.
  • The obsessional way in which  the audience and fans interact with celebrities.
  • The level of effort involved in producing a high quality performance, or participating in a large-scale project such as a concert/tour.

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