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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 100m 45s

Release date 13/01/2012

Ratings Info Contains strong sex and sex references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Steve McQueen

Cast includes Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badger Dale, Amy Hargreaves

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

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Ratings info publication date 03/01/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SHAME is a drama about a man who is addicted to casual sex. When his young sister Sissy comes to stay indefinitely at his apartment in New York, his carefully balanced life is thrown into disarray.


The film focuses on a man's sexual life, and there are strong verbal sex references throughout. This includes a scene in which a topless woman on a pornography website encourages a woman to touch her own breasts.

Strong sex includes a fleeting montage of pornographic images as a man flicks rapidly through the pages of the magazines he keeps in his room, as well as a shadowy impression of a man performing fellatio on another unseen man in a gay club. Other sex scenes feature strong thrusting detail and nudity.

There is use of strong language ('f**k'), sometimes used in an aggressive manner or in a crude sexual sense.

There is some bloody aftermath after a suicide attempt, but there is no clear detail of injuries,

Drug misuse includes brief sight of a man snorting a line of cocaine.

A short fight shows a man being punched and kicked below screen.


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