Censorship News & Updates


Romance (1999)

June 17, 2022

Romance (1999) - Catherine Breillat - Poster

Catherine Breillat’s ROMANCE (1999) is now back on the site.
It contains the full story of the refusal and subsequent rating that opened the way for ‘actual sex’ in the R18+ rating. Previously, this had been only allowed in documentaries and white-coaters such as LANGUAGE OF LOVE (1969) and SEXUAL FREEDOM IN DENMARK (1970).

The database entry includes a list of ‘actual sex’ titles that were R18+ in the wake of the ROMANCE decision. Included are the formally censored IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (1976) and Catherine Breillat’s later film, ANATOMY OF HELL (2004).


Good Luck To You, Leo Grande – MA15+ appeal

June 11, 2022

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022) - Poster

Roadshow Films are appealing the MA15+ (Strong sex scenes) awarded to GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE (2022) on May 26.

June 28 is the closing date to apply for standing as an interested party and any submissions. The Classification Review Board will meet on June 30 to consider the application.

In the UK, the BBFC awarded it a 15, warning of ‘strong sex references, sex, language’. Their rating info further described ‘…frequent references to different sexual activities during scenes in which a sex worker engages with his client about what she would like them to do together. There are also scenes of strong sex in which a couple engage in several sex acts and have sex in varying sexual positions; the scenes include nudity’.


IARC – May RC ratings

June 10, 2022

Loose Lips SIDE:rainyday-B by LIKEMAD_GAMES

May saw three titles banned under the automated International Age Rating Coalition system. They include an arcade game where you destroy bricks to unveil the hidden girls and a Japanese point and click adventure.

More details can be found in the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


IARC – April RC ratings

May 13, 2022

7 Days to Die (Game Preview) - The Fun Pimps Entertainment

Six games were banned in April under the automated International Age Rating Coalition system. They are the usual assortment of survival horror, casino slots, action RP, Arabic quizzes and weed farming.

More details can be found in the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


Oshi no Love yori Koi no Love + Love or Die – RC

May 6, 2022

Oshi no Love yori Koi no Love + Love or Die 推しのラブより恋のラブ+ラブ・オア・ダイ

A RC decision has just appeared in the National Classification Database for a package of OSHI NO LOVE YORI KOI NO LOVE and the sequel LOVE OR DIE. The trigger was the April 28 Nintendo Switch release.

This visual novel game was listed as 推しのラブより恋のラブ+ラブ・オア・ダイand was backdated to February 25. It was banned under the automated International Age Rating Coalition system.

More details can be found in the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


RimWorld (2016) – Review Board report

April 29, 2022

RimWorld (2016) - Randy


The full Classification Review Board report has now been added to our Censorship of RIMWORLD database entry.

On April 20, a four-member panel unanimously voted to rate it R18+ (High impact themes & drug use).

23 written submissions were received from ‘interested parties’. This compares with zero fro DISCO ELYSIUM – THE FINAL CUT (2021) and one for WE HAPPY FEW (2016).


New IARC RC for 2020-21

April 3, 2022

Crusader Kings 3 (2020) - Paradox Interactive

Another four Refused Classification IARC entries have been backdated into the National Classification Database.

In August 2020, Paradox Interactive received an RC for CRUSADER KINGS III. That was soon changed to MA15+ (Strong drug use) then increased to R18+ (Interactive drug use, online interactivity). This week saw two new RC entries backdated to 2021-08-11 and 2020-10-23.

An entry was also added, dated 2021-09-15, for JORDAN JONES DIES IN SPACE from MAMMOTH VR.

Finally, ULTREÏA from RedDeerGames sp. z o.o. was added on 2021-12-24. This looks to have been triggered by the recent Nintendo Switch release.

Entries have been added to the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


A Place for the Unwilling (2019) – Banned

March 26, 2022

A Place for the Unwilling (2019)

This week, two Refused Classification IARC entries have been backdated for 2021 into the National Classification Database. Both are the same game.

2021-01-25 – A PLACE FOR THE UNWILLING – ALPixel Games
2021-11-23 – APFTU – Parallel Circles

A PLACE FOR THE UNWILLING was last week released on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

Entries have been added to the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


Skyjacked (1972)

March 25, 2022

Skyjacked (1972)

SKYJACKED (1972) has been added back into the database.

The banning of this Charlton Heston film and the links to Rod Serling’s THE DOOMSDAY FLIGHT (1966) and Scott Hicks’ CALL ME MR. BROWN (1986) is a wild story.


Deathsmiles I・II (2021) – Banned

March 2, 2022

Deathsmiles I & II (2021)

Two games were Refused Classification on February 28. The first was the side-scrolling shoot ’em up, DEATHSMILES I・II (2021).

This is the sixth Japanese game to be banned in Australia since 2016. The other titles were MEIQ: LABYRINTH OF DEATH (2015). VALKYRIE DRIVE BHIKKHUNI (2015), OMEGA LABYRINTH Z (2017), SONG OF MEMORIES (2018) and MARY SKELTER FINALE (2021).


Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)

February 25, 2022

Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

The folk horror classic, BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971), has been added to the site. At the time of its theatrical classification, the R-rating had only been in operation for less than three months. However, this did not stop Roadshow from chasing a more commercial M-rating, which resulted in extensive cuts.

A couple of years earlier, Piers Haggard’s previous film, WEDDING NIGHT (1969), was also censored in Australia.


Paradise PD (2018–21) – MA15+ revoked

February 4, 2022

Paradise PD (2018–2021) – Netflix Australia

The Classification Board have revoked the Netflix Tool ratings awarded to PARADISE PD.

Seasons 1 and 2 of this American adult animated sitcom were originally classified MA15+ (Strong Themes, Strong Nudity, Strong Violence, Strong Blood and Gore, Strong Coarse Language, Strong Drug Use, Strong Sex Scenes, Strong Crude Humour) in 2018 and 2020.

Season 3 received an MA15+ (Strong Themes, Strong Nudity, Strong Violence, Strong Blood and Gore, Strong Coarse Language, Strong Sex Scenes, Strong Crude Humour) in 2021.

In mid-2021, the Board revoked the MA15+ and reclassified them all as R18+ (High impact crude sexual humour). The reviews were prompted by a complaint by a member of the public. All are now streaming on Netflix Australia with their new ratings.

These decisions are now in the Film Censorship Timeline.


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