A group of Y13 Media Studies students went to ‘Censor for a Day’ at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar to learn about censorship of film in NZ run by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. We watched the as yet unreleased ‘Get Out’ and went through the process of censoring it based on guidelines that the classification office use. We learnt about the gateway criteria of sex, horror, violence, cruelty and crime which can lead to restrictions placed on films. As well as the sub-guidelines, including degrading or demeaning conduct, that can also effect the ratings. We then reviewed the the role of censorship on the bus ride home and whether it was necessary part of society. A very interesting discussion!
– Adam Van Der Voorn & Connor Patterson (13WA)