GCSE FILM STUDIES PAST PAPERS – PAPER 2 THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

JUNE 2012

1. (a) Identify one important character from your chosen film. (1)
(b) Explain the importance of a prop or costume relating to this character. (3)
(c) How is mise-en-scène important to our understanding of this character in a key sequence
from your chosen film? Consider two or more of the following:

• setting
• costume
• lighting and colour
• body language. (6) [10]

2. (a) Identify one important location in your film. (1)
b) Describe one key event that occurs in this location. (3)
(c) How does this key event highlight important themes or issues in your film? (6)
(d) Explore the relationship between locations and key themes or issues in your film. (10) [20]

3. Somebody has posted a negative review of your chosen film on the ‘discussion board’ of a film website. Write a reply based on your study of the film. You should include some of the following:

• how the film made you feel
• what made it a good story
• micro elements of film language that you enjoyed
• who might enjoy the film and why
• what the film ‘says’ about other people and places.

[20]

JUNE 2013

1. (a) Identify one important place in your chosen film. (2)
(b) Briefly describe this place. (3)
(c) Explain how the place you have described relates to the themes or issues of your chosen film. (5) [10]

2. (a) Name one young character in your chosen film. (1)
(b) Briefly describe this character. (3)
(c) Explain the importance of this character’s role in the film. (6)
d) Explore how young people are represented in at least one key sequence from your chosen film. (10) [20]

3. Write a letter to a friend encouraging them to watch your chosen film. You may include some of the following:

• your view of the film
• how this film compares with other films you have seen
• themes and issues dealt with in the film
• how the film has helped you understand different people and places
• how film language is used within the film. [20]

June 2014

1. (a) Identify one theme or issue introduced in the opening of your chosen film. (1)
(b) Briefly explain why you think this theme or issue is important. (2)
(c) Explore how film language is used to highlight this theme or issue in the opening of your chosen film. Consider one or two of the following:

camerawork
sound
editing
~
colour. (7) [10]

2. (a) Name two characters who have an important relationship in your chosen film. (2)
(b) Briefly explain the importance of this relationship in the film. (3)
(c) Explore how costume and body language help us to understand this relationship in one key sequence from your chosen film. (7)
(d) What does this relationship suggest about the themes or issues of your chosen film?

(8) [20]

3. Write a detailed review of your chosen film for a film magazine. You may include some of the following:

background information on the film including the director
film language that was particularly interesting
characters and how they are represented
important themes or issues
your own views on the film.

JUNE 2015

1. (a) Identify one important sequence in your chosen film. (2)
(b) Briefly explain why this sequence is important. (3)
(c) Explore how this sequence highlights the themes or issues of your chosen film. Refer to important elements of film language in your answer. (5) [10]

2. (a) Name one key character in your chosen film. (1)
(b) Briefly describe how your first impression of this character is created. Refer to elements of film language in your answer. (3)
(c) Explain why this character is important to the film’s narrative. (6)

(d) Explore how this character and one other important character are represented
in one or two key sequences from your chosen film. Refer to elements of film language in your answer. (10) [20]

3. Write an online review of your chosen film for your school or college website to convince others to watch it. You may include some of the following:

your view of the film
how the film has helped you understand different people and places
how this film compares with other films you have seen
the film’s themes and issues
how film language is used in the film. [20

JUNE 2016

1.(a) Identify one male character in your chosen film. (1)
(b) Explain the role of this character in the film. (3)
(c) How are either male or female characters represented in your chosen film as a whole? Refer to film language in your answer. (6) [10]

2. (a) Identify one setting in your chosen film. (2)
(b) Briefly describe this setting. (3)
(c) Explain how this setting relates to one theme or issue in your chosen film. (6)
(d) Explore one or two other themes or issues in your chosen film.

Refer to key sequences in your answer. (9) [20]

3. Your school has recently created some film awards. Your chosen film has been nominated in the category ‘most thought-provoking film’. Write to the judges explaining why you think your film should win. You may include some of the following:

what, in your opinion, is thought-provoking about your chosen film
how your chosen film changed your views
how film language is used to create impact in your chosen film
background information on the film and/or its director that you found interesting. [20]