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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (violence, disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children over the age of 14||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Australia|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The story takes place in 1939, set against the background of World War 11, and is partly told through the eyes of a young so-called ‘half-caste’ Aboriginal boy, Nullah (Brandon Walters). At this time Aboriginal people and women weren’t allowed to be served in the front bar of a pub and Aboriginal children with white fathers were being taken from their mothers by bureaucrats who had decided that the Church could do a better job of bringing them up.
Nullah’s father, Neil Fletcher (David Wenham), a cunning and underhand man, is employed by Lord Ashley to manage his cattle station of Faraway Downs, in the Northern Territory. When word of the impending collapse of the station reaches Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) back in England, she decides to make the long journey to the distant land of Australia to discover what her husband is up to. Many surprises await her on her arrival, not the least of which is the death of her husband. She soon learns the truth about events at the station from young Nullah. Fletcher has been stealing her husband’s cattle and passing them on to the largest cattle station in the land, owned by Mr. Carney (Brian Brown).
Sarah also finds she has to place her trust in the drover (Hugh Jackman), whom she at first detests, to help her drive the cattle to Darwin. With the help of a small crew including Kipling Flynn (Jack Thompson), an old drunk, they drive the cattle through inhospitable country to try and beat Carney to the post. On the way, Sarah and the drover fall in love, but there is a long and difficult journey ahead of them.
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.
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.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes, particularly those in which Nullah is threatened and in danger and some of the war scenes.
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.
Some children in this age group may also find some of the above scenes upsetting.
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Australia is an epic romantic adventure story. It contains a stellar cast of Australian actors and is set in some beautiful and dramatic landscapes.
The main messages from this movie are that we should correct the errors of the past and promote racial harmony.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.
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