Straight Outta Compton

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  • PRODUCT CONTEXT
    • Distributed: Universal Pictures
    • Produced: Legendary Pictures
    • STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
      • HISTORICAL CONTEXT
        • Set in mid 1980's California
        • Contemp. film
        • Social upheaval - racial tension
        • Riots in 1992
      • CULTRAL CONTEXT
        • Significant in terms of change: free speech, producers of protest song and successful black men
        • Misogynistic lyrics
        • Objectifying and marginalising women
      • ECONOMIC & POLITICAL CONTEXT
        • Two members of the band co-produced the film
        • Significance of this relation to funding & portrayal of historical contexts
      • AUDIENCES
        • FANS OF N.W.A: older older fans who lived within their period & younger fans attracted to the band for cultural significance
        • FANS OF RAP
        • FANS OF BIOPIC FILMS
        • FANS OF FILM STUDIOS/ PRODUCERS
        • Can be attracted by trailers - social tension cultural change etc.
      • MARKETING
        • THE TRAILER: green band disclaimer, production logos, music, three-act structure, social media/website
          • Protagonists in the trailer - underdogs/ minority: the gang are restrained by police
        • STAR: Names of actors/ directors are absent in the trailer and replaced by the bands real names
        • FILM LOGO: Explicit design reference to music parental advisory notice (rebellion, challenge to authority etc)
    • Directed: F. Gary Gray
    • Follows story of hip hop band N.W.A in 1980s. Ice-Cube & Dr. Dre co-produced.
    • Huge commercial and critical success - high grossing - won Academy Award
    • Major, vertically integrated film studio that is part of a media conglomorate

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