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UTOPIA

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 114m 54s

Release date 15/11/2013

BBFCInsight Contains references to child abuse, discrimination theme & strong language

Genre(s) Documentary

Director(s) John Pilger,Alan Lowery

Cast includes John Pilger

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 05/11/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

UTOPIA is a documentary about the abuse and discrimination suffered by Aboriginal Australians since the arrival of European settlers in the 18th century. It is rated 12A for references to child abuse, discrimination theme, and strong language.

Theme

One section of the documentary examines claims that the Australian government misused allegations of child abuse as a pretext for removing some Aboriginal children from their families. Any references to paedophilia are general in nature and lacking in detail.

The documentary looks, throughout, at the issue of discrimination, and there is sight of young Aboriginal men being roughly handled and tasered by police officers.

Language

There are three uses of strong language ('f**k'), two verbal and one written. There is also some milder bad language, including uses of 'shit' and 'bullshit'.

In one brief clip, Aboriginal youths are seen sniffing petrol. There are also some verbal references to the high suicide rate amongst Aboriginal men.

Details

Title
UTOPIA
Year
2013
Distributor(s)
Dartmouth Films
Classified date(s)
01/11/2013
Main language
English
Submitted run time
114m 54s
Approved footage
10341+0
BBFC reference
AFF306335
Registration number
CFJ30596

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