Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 13 (adult themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to adult themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 12–13||Parental guidance due to adult themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 13||Ok for this age group. Though some scenes may warrant discussion.|
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:||Summerland|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set during WW11, Alice Lamb (Gemma Arterton) lives a reclusive life on the clifftops of Dover. She is researching folklore and mythology, in particular, a place called Summerland, which is a ghost island where pagans believe those who die go to. As a single woman, Alice is ostracised by the local villagers and children, who think she is a witch.
Alice's solitary life is thrown into disarray when a ministry official arrives on her doorstep with a child called Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from London. Alice at first refuses to accept the boy but is persuaded to keep him at least for a week until alternative arrangements can be made. Alice is very aloof with Frank, who attends the local school and befriends a girl called Edie (Dixie Egerickx), an evacuee like him. As the week passes, Alice and Frank become friends with Frank patiently waiting for any attention he can get.
Alice decides to let Frank stay with her and over time Frank manages to prise out of Alice why she lives alone. It seems she once had a love of her life named Vera (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who ended their relationship in order to have a family of her own. It was also very difficult to maintain a same-sex relationship at the time and Vera didn't want to spend her life hiding who she was. This left Alice broken-hearted and an embittered woman. With Frank entering into her life, Alice discovers some joy and pleasure. She also discovers much more than she thought she ever would.
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.
Same-sex relationships; War; Death of a parent; Mythology and Folklore.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that may warrant a discussion with children over the age of thirteen, including the following:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
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:
Summerland is a drama set during WW11 about love, loss and grief. It is beautifully filmed and well scripted. It portrays how people who are different from others are often ostracised and feared for no reason. It is a very emotive film and quite intense at times. Due to the adult themes in the movie, it isn't suitable for under 12's and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 12 – 13 years old.
The main messages from this movie are that people who hold different views and opinions shouldn't be feared or excluded and that love is better than bitterness.
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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