Stu­dents be­come film cen­sors for a day

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Tawa Col­lege stu­dents were in­vited to try their hand at film clas­si­fi­ca­tion with the help of the coun­try’s Chief Cen­sor last week.

The op­por­tu­nity was part of the widely pop­u­lar and lon­grun­ning Cen­sor For A Day pro­gramme run by the Of­fice of Film and Lit­er­a­ture Clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Schools at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the bi-an­nual event.

About 110 se­nior me­dia stud­ies stu­dents from three schools gath­ered at Event Cine­mas, Queens­gate, last Thurs­day to watch a yet-to-bere­leased film.

Schools par­tic­i­pat­ing were Para­pa­raumu Col­lege, Wainuiomata High School and Tawa Col­lege.

The stu­dents were given a pre­sen­ta­tion about New Zealand’s clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, in­clud­ing an over­view of the Films, Videos, and Pub­li­ca­tions Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Act 1993.

They also learnt about the process fol­lowed by cen­sors when clas­si­fy­ing films, video games and other pub­li­ca­tions.

Stu­dents were en­cour­aged to speak about var­i­ous themes in the movie, and to ex­press their opin­ions on the clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem in gen­eral.

Chief Cen­sor An­drew Jack said Cen­sor For A Day pro­vided stu­dents with first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys- tem, which is part of the NCEA me­dia stud­ies cur­ricu­lum.

‘‘Young peo­ple are among the big­gest con­sumers of films, DVDs/Blu Ray and video games,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re also most af­fected by the clas­si­fi­ca­tion rat­ing sys­tem. We value this di­rect en­gage­ment with stu­dents and the op­por­tu­nity to bet­ter in­form them of the process.

‘‘Most im­por­tantly, it also gives us in­sight into their thoughts and opin­ions.’’

Jack said it was al­ways in­ter­est­ing to hear what stu­dents did and didn’t find harm­ful.

‘‘Of­ten, they con­sider their younger sib­lings and how they would feel about them be­ing ex­posed to such con­tent.

It’s an in­ter­est­ing and very use­ful ex­er­cise for us all. ‘‘

PHOTO: MAARTEN HOLL

Ryan An­der­son, left, and In­dia Porter, both 17, af­ter watch­ing a yet-to-bere­leased film.

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