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Midsommar

Horror conventions usually mean that we expect to see dark lighting, claustrophobic use of close-up shots and action set in enclosed spaces. But what happens when generic expectations are subverted and how does this affect the way in which audiences react to the content?This trailer for Ari Aster’s Midsommar - a follow up to his debut film Hereditary - doesn’t rely as strongly on horror tropes that audiences are familiar with....

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Just Mercy

JUST MERCY is a drama based on the memoir of Bryan Stevenson, a defense attorney, who appealed the conviction of Walter McMillian, an African-American man who was wrongly accused of murder in the United States. The film deals with issues of discrimination and ingrained racism within the US justice system. These themes come through when watching the trailer. When classifying films and trailers, we say in our Guidelines, that, in...

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Booksmart

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut rips apart the gross-out teen movie rule book by having two female protagonists at the centre of the narrative. The film is rated 15 for strong sex references, language, sex and drug misuse. These classification issues are quite typical of the genre and are unlikely to challenge audience expectation. However, this trailer for the film is not as strong and doesn’t raise the same kind of classification...

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

This is a trailer for the sequel to 2014's hit fantasy feature MALEFICENT, a reworking of the Sleeping Beauty story, which was rated PG. This film has also been passed at PG and contains moderate fantsy threat, mild violence and scary scenes. Disney have submitted several trailers for the film to the BBFC and all have been passed at PG. This trailer has been submitted without a category request.Watch the trailer, make a note of the issues...

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Love, Simon

Love, Simon is a teen romantic comedy about a closeted gay high school student who struggles to balance his friendships and family relationships when an anonymous blackmailer threatens to 'out' him to his school. The film is rated 12A for moderate sex references and infrequent strong language.Think about whether the trailer has any sex references and how strong these are? Would they confound parental expectation at the category you are...

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Avengers: Infinity War

The nineteenth release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and third instalment in the Avengers franchise is Avengers: Infinity War. How do you think audiences react to trailers and films featuring characters – and a cinematic world – that they already know? Do audiences have certain expectations? Could this 'known quantity' aspect of the trailer affect its classification?Take a look at the trailer below and make notes on what...

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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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