All R-Rated Films To Be Treated Like Porn In South Australia

Maybe all lazy parents should move to South Australia, because everyone's favourite state government seems to want to do all your parenting for you. The South Australian government is now enforcing a law that requires all R-rated films for sale or hire to be segregated from all other movies of a lower rating. Not only that, but advertising R-rated films will also be illegal.

Essentially, this law is going to affect two types of businesses: places that sell or hire DVDs and Blu-ray films (everywhere from Target to Blockbuster), and cinemas.

The first change in the law, which says that you can't display R-rated movies alongside movies of other ratings, requires a dedicated area for all R-rated content, which needs to be clearly marked with this statement (in font at least 15mm high):

R 18+ FILMS AREA—THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED THAT MATERIAL DISPLAYED IN THIS AREA MAY CAUSE OFFENCE.

In addition to that, the item's surface area (such as a DVD cover) must not be more than 300 square centimetres (which is bigger than a DVD cover).

The other alternative given is to remove any covers or displays, other than the name of the movie (in font no larger than 1cm high) and the rating. No description, no funny quotes from Margaret Pomeranz, nothing.

So now, if you want to visit your local video store in South Australia to hire a copy of, let's say Bruno or The Hangover (Extended), the only way you'll be able to find it is by trudging through releases like Fuck me in the ass and say that you love me or Reel babes real breasts. Either that, or you have no idea about the contents of the film other than the film's name and its rating.

The second part of the new laws restricts the ability to advertise R18+ rated films. Businesses (including cinemas) can no longer show trailers for R-rated films or display promotional material such as posters, pamphlets or other printed material. Although this probably won't be too big a problem (very few theatrical releases have been classified R18+ in recent years - most make it as MA15+) for most businesses.

Still though, it's enough to guarantee that I'll never move to South Australia...

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    Still, maybe porn sales/rentals will increase because of this - I might take a fancy to various titties. Im mean, titles, when I browse through.
    OR rent the wrong film.
    Bastards.

      The law has backfired anyway. Video shops are reporting that weekly R-rated DVD's hiring rates have increase now people do not have to search for them.

        hi. do you have figures on the number or increase in R Rated rentals? would love to hear some hard facts on this as it could be great ammo against this pathetic law!

    As a resident of Adelaide i'm disgusted by this, more "nanny-state" [email protected] if you ask me.

    wow... just wow.
    makes me so very proud to be a South Aussie...

      Proud like the pride you get from tripping over yourself in a busy street?
      Yeah, that's the same pride I'm feeling..

        I third this notion.

    Good to see that the SA government is getting use out of that tar brush they use to apply all new policies.

    If I view rated trailers in iTunes (which both rents and sells movies of all classifications) do I need to print a sign and stick it to my computer?

    So much wrong with this, don't know where to start......

    GOD Australia is getting so bad with censorship as soon as im able to im leaving this country its just fuckin ridiculous

    Wow... just wow. And I though WA was a nanny state. I do understand abit where they're coming from, but still, a little over the top.

    Is the S.A. Government hoping to cover their eyes and hope it goes away?

    I do think DVD/blu-ray cover imagery should be a bit more restricted in general. Some of the covers, of even MA stuff, you see on the shelf mixed with lower rated material is a bit too extreme.

    This is one of the most ridiculous laws ever enacted, and I'm embarrassed to be a South Australian. I just can't see how this passed, I mean I am sure at least some of our politicians have actually been inside a video store or department store in their life, they must have seen a few of these nasties on the shelf, id they get scared then? of course not! Do they actually read what they vote on?

    Having a seperate section seems totally whack (in the "that is totally whack" sense, not the "hey, that is completely whack" way).

    But I kind of understand the advertising ban. I've never quite gotten how the Government could say "hey, we've got this system in place to prevent this DVD from being sold to a 16 year old", while at the same time it was okay to advertise to that 16 year old in a non-R18+ medium. It does seem to remove some of the point in having an 18+ classification to begin with.

    I moved to Australia from the nanny state of England a few years ago and thought that down here was pretty relaxed and easy going, how wrong was I? every day its seems as though Australia is becoming more and more retarded in it policing of its own citizens. What happened to the famous Aussie way that everyone goes on about? I pity you SA

    This is crazy. What's wrong with the existing system of having an "erotic" or "adult" section, and was there an incident that triggered this?

    I don't see the big deal with this - but maybe that's because I'm a parent and I'm guessing most of you are not and never intend to be.

    If an adult wants a R movie they can still get it. Its not like its illegal. Its placement, access and advertising that now have restrictions

    Here are two real-world examples to consider...

    I have young kid. Twice I've walked into a local video shop with him and an R movie has been playing on the TV with either graphic violence showing or a graphic sex scene.

    In my public library there are R movies next to Toy Story on the shelves.

    Do any of you see a that there is an ethicallmoral problem here?

    There is an inconsistency going on that this ruling is attempting to address. I don't know the ramifications to this or the exact ruling so its hard to comment (but that hasn't stopped most of you from commenting)

    As a parent I find some of the comments made here pretty naive.

      You have to remeber though, any R18+ movie advert doesn't contain the extreme scenes that caused it to be rated as such, due to how advertisements are handled in Australia. All advertisements of films and tv have to be able to fall under atleast a PG rating if they were classified. This even applies to things like the late night ads for sex text and crap like that. While it has girls in underwear, there are many shows that are PG that have that. And in my experience, im yet to see a DVD has things such as boobs, violence and such spread across the case(except in the case of porn of course).

      But also, you cant expect the shops and stuff to control access to everything that kids see, however they do try their best. When i was a kid, in the local video store the porn was in a completly different section, and if any child tried to go near it the lady behind the counter would tell them not to. And in reality, now days any child that is capable of using the internet can gain access to anything they want anyway. Unless parents are manually making a list of sites that children can go to and make it so that they can only go to those sites(which imo is an absolutely stupid idea), kids will still be able to access it.

      What parents really need to do is sit down with their children and explain that certain things are for adults, and are not appropriate or interesting to children and so on. Educating children is the best way for parents to "protect" or "prepare" children for this sorta stuff

      ..and as a fellow parent,I find your reasoning to be totally flawed.

      The actual covers of most R rated movies, were they to undergo classification scrutiny, would barely be able to chalk up an M rating, let alone an R. I can see why you'd be upset at graphic violence or sex scenes being shown on a screen in store (as would I) but that's already covered by law. Any movie rated above M should not be being played in public, period.

      As for the covers and advertising however (as this law states) unless there are reasonable examples of the R rated content present in the packaging (sex/nudity, gore, etc) then this law isn't just overkill, it's censorship. The Saw movie covers are usually adorned with severed body parts, but will stay on shelves due to their MA ratings. 300, Romper Stomper and even Scarface on the other hand have NOTHING on their respective covers that give any indication of the contents of the movie. That's what the bloody R rating is for.

      The fact that they're even limiting the text on the replacement box is evidence alone of censorship. Seeing as text about R rated content is an issue, will the next stop be a mandatory OFLC rating system on books...or would it just be easier for the SA Government to burn them?

    I think it is very unfair to dump all R rated movies into the same category. Yes a lot of them are erotic films and shouldn't be publicly displayed (just look thought the Classification database), but having legitimate films put into the same dark and seedy corner as porn is wrong. If I want to rent say one of these films (or TV shows) - Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, Pulp Fiction, Robocop, Chopper, True Blood, Rome, Skins - I will now need to look through a shelf full of non descriptive covers mixed with "girls gone wild" and "F### me in my A## and tell me you love me".

    In theory, this totally doesn't bother me (I'm not an SA resident, so I can't speak for those who are subject to these laws)... I could not care less about having to go through pornography in order to find an R rated movie I wish to rent. Personally I don't think it's necessary, but it doesn't restrict people over 18 from accessing the content they wish to, so not really a censorship concern IMO.

    Perhaps if this could be extended to interactive games, so that R18 material could be made available to adults, however kept away from the "innocent" eyes of children. This way we might be able to address an issue of censorship which genuinely restricts adult's access to R18 content.

    So you spend millions doing up your zoo so that people can watch pandas doing it but people can't rent the Hangover without looking like a pervert? I'll never understand you South Australia.

    This just makes it more annoying when choosing a film.Say I go down to the video store thinking I want a comedy. Normally I would browse through the comedy section, maybe the new release section too... now I'll have to browse the R rated section as well?

    I'm over 18, I don't care what rating a movie is... R is not a useful category. It's a new annoying category that's annoying and will make me spend more annoyed hours at the video store.

    I think providing warnings about content and placement of content is a good idea (separation of material), but it should be across the board...should we really be mixing M rated material with G??

    But this is going a little overboard...soon we won't have R rating at all, cause "parents" can't be trusted to not to let their kids get their hands on it in their homes...or so the argument goes...

    It would seem that the government has given up on educating it's people and decided just to tell them what to do! How many parents know that works...

    First they have a AG which opposes R18+ when it comes to games and now new rules for R18+ films.

    I smell an election stunt. Nothing like pandering (pun intended!) to the conservatives...

    People this how most laws are made these days. They're not made to be practical or use common sense but are either made up by lobby group who just gives it to our elected rep's and they put it to parliament or are they are dreampt up by some self imporant idiot because they think its a good idea. Usually because they expect everyone is the same as they are and they would like to enforce that it if not.

    Some polition probably had happen to him exactly what some people here are saying happened to them. They went into a video store, their kids saw some gay soft porn on the shelves picked it up and asked daddy 'what are they doing' ?

    This so shocked the polition they decided they would fix the problem for everyone and came up with a law that will be never be enforced, wont work, is of low importance to making the world a better place but will get implemented anyway.

    Your tax dollars at work.

    zack and miri make a porno will be even harder to find now.

    Congrats to the SA government, and to all supporters of this legislation!
    I wish all states had the courage to follow, or that Canberra would take the lead and enforce this nationally.
    I find these movies offensive, particularly when advertised/displayed close to others and where kids can see them.
    There will be many more supporters of this than you read here.

      So R18 material goes to a "special" section and you're happy for kids to browse through M and MA?

      go move to china if thats what you want. there is a fine line between MA15 and R18 and it usually won't be evident from the cover of the dvd or the poster. this will not remove all the T & A from poster because MA15 has them as well.

      As has previously been mentioned, the majority of proper movies that are R rated have nothing offensive on their covers at all..

      The ones that do, the Porn, is already in a different section.

      This is a stupid law for stupid people (offence intended). In a very similar vein to the Internet filter law.. ie it'll appease a vocal minority and piss off everyone who actually considers whether there was ever a problem to begin with.

    Nice one Labor, you just increased piracy.

    Who the fuck will bother feeling like a perv looking at R18 shelves here (rental OR purchase) when our good mates in the US and UK will happily seed the movies for free, without the puritanical "You sick freak!" judgemental 15th Century England Priest's gaze?

    And FYI, I voted Labor, now I regret it. Howard was a tool, but Labor is a tool BOX. Bye Labor, lost a voter come elections!

      You realise that this is a State Law and that Howard(Abbott)/Rudd are Federal and have no input into this new law right?

    Haha... "South Australia - Welcome to the Nanny State".
    Should make that the logo for their number plates.
    Oh, and put Herr Atkinson's head on the flag as well.

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