Not recommended for children under 15 (Viol. Themes)
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|Children under 15||Due to the high level of violence in this film it is not recommended for children under 15.|
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:||Ned Kelly|
|Consumer advice lines:||Medium Level Violence, Adult themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The movie starts with a young Ned Kelly who jumps into a lake to save a drowning boy. It then moves on to the year 1871 when Ned is now a young man. He is part of a large Catholic family whose father Red is dead, leaving the Mother to bring them all up in quite impoverished conditions. Ned takes up fighting to earn some money. One night in the pub, a policeman called Fitzpatrick tries to take advantage of Ned’s sister. He is attacked and pushed off by Ned’s brother Dan and friends. Ned is not actually there when this happens, because he is with a married woman but Fitzpatrick accuses Ned of shooting him. The married woman won’t give him an alibi so Ned takes off to the bush with his brother Dan and his friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart, forming the Kelly gang.
They become outlaws and progress from robbing banks and holding up coaches to murder. Ned knows he was unjustly accused of shooting Fitzpatrick and puts himself up as a defender of the people against the corrupt Victorian police. Many people admire him but Ned becomes more corrupt by shooting many policemen. A new tough police chief is brought in from South Africa to help track him down culminating in the final shoot out in Glen Rowan.
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 much violent material in this film against people and animals. It is not glamorised or made to appear successful but is performed by the Kelly gang who are often thought of as heroes. The violence includes the following scenes:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
This film is not suitable for children in this age group – there is much realistic violence mentioned above that would terrify children.
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.
Again children in this age group would find the violence much too scary.
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 would find the violence much too scary.
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.
Children under 15 would find the violence very realistic and horrifying.
There is some sexual activity in this film including:
There is a fair amount of drinking in bars.
There is frequent use of coarse language including the following words:
The take home message in this movie is that crime certainly doesn’t pay. There are not many values parents would wish to encourage in this movie.
Values parents may to discourage include:
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