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THE JUNGLE BOOK

Remember that trailers come unbidden to audiences who may have elected to see a very different kind of film. Analyse the trailer, thinking particularly about how child audiences might respond to it. Can you tell what is happening? How does it feel? Funny? Light? Enigmatic? Intense? Scary? Are there any jump-moments, or action sequences? Is there a child character younger audiences might identify with? Is there any sense of threat or danger? Does...

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SON OF SAUL

This is a trailer for a drama about a man in a Nazi death camp during World War Two. The feature film was passed at 15 for strong threat but the trailer had no particular category request. Analyse and rate the trailer, highlighting the issues you spot, then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner. Remember that trailers come unbidden to audiences who may have elected to see a very different kind of film....

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Analyse and rate this trailer for the third instalment of The Hunger Games series. Highlight the issues you spot, and then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner.Consider how realistic the action is, and also the tone of the trailer – how is it likely to leave an audience feeling? Is it reassuring? Do the action scenes contain any strong detail? Remember that though you may have seen or read The Hunger Games...

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Not only is The Hobbit a well-known novel, but this trailer for the final instalment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy is a part of an established film franchise too. (It begun with The Lord of the Rings trilogy). Do you think audiences might have a specific set of expectations when watching this trailer, especially given the ratings of previous films that have been released, and if so, do you think this affects the classification? Remember to...

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Gravity

Analyse and rate this trailer for a sc-fi drama about scientists working on a space station coping with a disaster. Highlight the issues you spot, and then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner.Consider how realistic the action is, and also the tone of the trailer – is there a shift in mood towards the end? Is it reassuring or not? How is it likely to leave an audience feeling? Is there any strong detail?...

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Frozen

The creators of Tangled (PG) and Wreck-It Ralph (PG) are advertising their new animated comedy aimed at children with this trailer. Analyse and rate it, highlighting the issues you spot, and then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner.You could consider how very young viewers might respond to the snowman’s dilemna, whether animation makes the action seem less realistic, and what impact that might have on...

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Mandela Long Walk To Freedom

This is a trailer for a biopic about the life of the South African politician and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela, here played by Idris Elba. The feature film was passed at 12A but the trailer had no particular category request. Analyse and rate the trailer, highlighting the issues you spot, then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner.Remember that trailers come unbidden to audiences who may have elected to...

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12 Years A Slave

Analyse and rate this trailer for a drama about slavery, based on the life of a real man in the pre-Civil War United States. Highlight the issues you spot, and then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner. The film was classified 15, but it isn't unusual for distributors to desire a lower classification for the trailer so it can be seen in front of the highest number of films.Consider how realistic the action is...

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Delivery Man

This trailer is for a comedy starring Vince Vaughn as David, a man who unknowingly fathered hundreds of children when he was a sperm donor (a remake of the 2011 French Canadian film, Starbuck).  Analyse and rate the trailer, highlighting the issues you spot, then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner.The feature was passed at 12A but the trailer had a PG category request. Remember that trailers come unbidden...

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The Croods

Often children’s animations are based on well-known stories. What happens when they aren’t? Or when adult themes and ideas are explored for children? This is a digital animation about a cave family, and the eldest daughter’s desire for knowledge. It focusses on the conflicts and adventures created when the family is forced to move from their safe environment because their world is under threat. Do you think younger audiences...

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