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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, and also the tone of the trailer – is there a shift in mood towards the end? How does it make you feel, and do you think it makes a difference knowing that such things really happened? Remember that trailers come unbidden to audiences who may have elected to see a very different kind of film, such as a comedy.

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