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ANIMAL KINGDOM <span>(2010)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 110

Release dates 11/07/2011, 27/06/2011, 25/02/2011

Ratings Info Contains very strong language, strong violence and hard drug use

Genre(s) Drama, Crime

Director(s) David Michod

Cast includes Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Dan Wyllie

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 15/02/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ANIMAL KINGDOM is an Australian drama about a teenage boy who is taken in by his grandmother after the death of his mother. However he soon discovers that her family leads a criminal lifestyle. The film was classified '15' for very strong language, strong violence and hard drug use.

At '15', the BBFC's Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’). The strongest terms (for example, ‘cunt’) may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. ANIMAL KINGDOM features three uses of very strong language, two of which are aggressive. Only one use is directed at another person. Such language is permissible at '15' in this case given its lack of frequency throughout the film and the aversive nature of the scenes in which it is featured. The film also contains over fifty uses of strong language.

The Guidelines at '15' state 'Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse'. The hard drug use in the film includes sight of characters cutting cocaine into lines and snorting it, and a sequence in which a character is coerced into taking heroin in order to provide information unwittingly. This latter scene contains no clear detail of the drug injection and the sequences depicting drug use throughout the film lack any glamorous aspect.

At '15' the Guidelines state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable'. The violence in ANIMAL KINGDOM includes sight of characters being shot, with blood spraying onto surfaces. However there is very little clear detail of the actual injuries inflicted.


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