A Star Is Born classification changed after New Zealand teens 'severely triggered'
A Star Is Born A Star Is Born classification changed after New Zealand teens 'severely triggered'
Warning added to Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga musical after complaints from victim-support and mental-health organisations
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The head of the New Zealand film classification board, David Shanks, has demanded a new warning be added to prints of the Oscar-tipped remake of A Star Is Born.
The film now comes with a suicide warning note, after complaints of viewer distress from Police Victim Support, who said two vulnerable young people had been âseverely triggeredâ after watching the scene in which Bradley Cooperâs character hangs himself in his garage.
The Office of Film & Literature Classification said further complaints were also filed to them by the Mental Health Foundation.
The film is rated M â" âunrestricted, suitable for 16 years and overâ â" in the country, after the classification it was awarded in Australia was carried over. The note âSex scenes, offensive language and drug useâ remained intact, too, until Shanksâs âand suicideâ was added.
Shanks praised the filmâs handling of the topic but said he felt that the addition was still necessary.
âMany people in New Zealand have been impacted by suicide,â he said. âFor those who have lost someone close to them, a warning gives them a chance to make an informed choice about watching.âFemale success and male decline: what A Star Is Born tells us about fame, fear and feminism Read more
The Mental Health Foundation also credited the film with discretion as the death happens off screen, but said they had heard some viewers left feeling extremely distressed and requiring access to professional support.
The current frontrunner for the best picture prize at next yearâs Oscars, A Star Is Born is the fourth film version of the story of a grizzled star who falls for â" and mentors â" an aspiring singer.
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