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SHORT TERM 12

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SHORT TERM 12

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 96m 59s

Release date 01/11/2013

BBFCInsight Contains strong language and references to child abuse and self harm

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Destin Daniel Cretton

Cast includes Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Stephanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Alex Calloway, Kevin Hernandez

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 22/10/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SHORT TERM 12 is a US drama about the struggles and relationships of a group of twenty-something workers at a rehabilitation centre for children with troubled backgrounds.

Language

The film contains over forty uses of strong language ('f**k'), as well as mild and moderate bad language (eg 'shit', 'dick', 'bitch', 'crap', 'piss' and 'ass').

Theme

In one scene a careworker tries to ask a girl whether she is being hurt by her father at home. We see the girl digging nails into her own skin and she has a small bruise on her body. In another scene, when the past abuse suffered by another character is revealed, references are made to her father forcing her to shower with him and getting her pregnant. These verbal and visual reference to child abuse occur within the context of a story that seeks to heal wounds and convey a positive message through the relationships between characters. There is no depiction of actual abuse or molestation.

Self harm

There is also a scene in which a young male teenager is found slumped against a door with a shard of glass in his hand and blood on his arm. It is implied that he has been self-harming. He is taken to hospital where he recovers from his injury.

There is a brief scene of sexual activity when a couple kiss passionately on a sofa and the man's hand is seen slipping into the woman's pyjama pants. There is no sex or nudity beyond this moment.

Details

Title
SHORT TERM 12
Year
2013
Distributor(s)
Verve Pictures Ltd
Classified date(s)
13/09/2013
Main language
English
Submitted run time
96m 59s
Approved footage
8728+8
BBFC reference
AFF304947
Registration number
CFJ30072

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