12 Certificate - Guidelines
Fit for viewing by persons aged 12 YEARS OR MORE.
Video works classified 12 have been deemed appropriate for viewers of twelve and over. It is offence for a retailer to sell or rent material classified 12 to anyone below that age.
Mature themes are acceptable (crime, bereavement, relationships, etc.) provided they are depicted in a fashion suitable for young teenagers (i.e., in such a way that they will already have been familiar with in their everyday lives). Themes of suicide or self-harm or other imitable behaviour will only be acceptable if depicted without detail and in a clearly educational context.
Moderate violence and more prolonged threat/horror are acceptable at 12. This is particularly the case when depicted in a fantasy context (common at this category). Stronger images of injury detail may be acceptable if justified by the context in which they are presented (i.e., in an accurate depiction of warfare).
Sexual content (situations and dialogue) presented without explicit detail may be acceptable at 12. Brief sexual nudity may also be acceptable.
Some infrequent strong language may be acceptable, but should be used in a non-aggressive manner. Use of discriminatory language should be justified by the overall context of the film.
Images of or references to soft drugs may be permitted in an appropriate context. Generally, content relating to hard drugs is not acceptable unless there is a clear anti-drug message and the misuse of drugs is not glamorized.