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Catherine Shoard, The Guardian – The head of the New Zealand film classification board, David Shanks, has demanded a new warning be added to prints of the Oscar-nominated 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 “severely triggered” after watching the scene in which Bradley Cooper’s 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 – “unrestricted, suitable for 16 years and over” – in the country, after the classification it was awarded in Australia was carried over. The note “Sex scenes, offensive language, and drug use” remained intact, too, until Shanks’s “and suicide” was added.

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. Read more. 


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