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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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Brave

What happens with a big release that is hugely anticipated, especially by parents and kids? Analyse and rate this trailer from Pixar. Remember, if you want to compare your views to the Examiner's notes, that they had not seen the film and this was their first experience of the characters. Is the trailer long enough to mitigate any scary moments? How much mitigation is provided by the humour? How might much younger viewers respond to the dark...

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ParaNorman

How scary can a kids' film be? Does animation mitigate against jumpy scare moments? Analyse and rate this trailer for a children's horror film, highlighting the issues you spot, then compare your notes and recommendation with notes from a BBFC Examiner. Examiners who viewed it would have been well aware of Coraline (from the same makers) which was passed PG.

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