MEST 1 Examiner’s Report

As part of your revision always ensure that you go through the previous year’s examiner’s report. This will guide you in your learning. Pick up on key points and consider what candidates did well, and include that in your own work. In addition, make sure you also consider what candidates need to continue to develop and ensure that you consider these points when you develop your case study and essay responses.

Question 1: Media Forms

This was the second best answered question, with well over a third of candidates achieving a level three or above.

There was some confusion over what constituted the opening of the sequence (despite the introductory blurb explaining this). Although examiners were asked to mark such responses positively, many candidates self-penalised by not focusing fully on how the initial part of the sequence drew the audience in. Continue reading “MEST 1 Examiner’s Report”

MEST1 Section A The Wolf of Wall Street Exemplar

Section A Texts, Concepts and Contexts

Answer all questions in Section A.

Read the information and the four questions below. You will be shown a media product threetimes. In between viewings you should make notes in response to the questions below in the space provided. These notes will not be marked. You should spend approximately 15 minutes answering each question in Section A. You should support your answers with evidence from the media product.

In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. (, 2014)

1. Media Institutions

How does the film trailer portray America and capitalism as an institution? (12 marks)


2. Media Forms

How does mise-en-scène contribute to the impact of the film?  (12 marks)


3. Media Representations

How are men represented in the film trailer? (12 marks)


4. Media Audiences

How does the film trailer appeal to a wide audience? (12 marks)


Example answers and mark scheme below

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