Mary Queen of Scots

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When our team of Compliance Officers had to decide what rating to give this trailer, they had to consider to what extent the historical setting mitigated some of the stronger moments. The fact that Mary Stuart is a known historical figure also means that some audiences are likely to be familiar with her life events, and this factor also provides some mitigation as it means audiences will likely have some expectations about what a film based on her life will be like. Think about these contextual considerations when deciding what rating you’d give this trailer.


When rating trailers, we tend to be slightly more cautious than when rating feature films. This is because trailers come unbidden to audiences. Unlike a feature film, audiences have no choice about what trailers they are going to see when they go to the cinema - this decision lies with cinema exhibitors. However, though we tend to be more cautious, we are still essentially applying the same Guidelines to trailers, as we do feature films.

This is an important consideration to make when thinking about the rating for Josie O’Rourke’s biographical drama Mary Queen of Scots, because our guidelines state that historical contexts can often be a mitigating factor. 

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