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Film relies heavily on moving images to communicate meaning. The theme of life in rural England in the unspoilt countryside versus the hardship and brutality of war is central to War Horse, as is the theme of friendship.

These themes are all suggested in the trailer. As you watch the trailer in the activity below, use the pause button to decide which still images best represent each of the themes. Then use the capture button to select three to focus on in more detail.

Once you have selected your three key images, write in the text boxes to explain how film language is used to communicate each theme: rural life / brutality of war / friendship.

Launch trailer annotation activity

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Now use the worksheet to explore the theme of friendship in the novel:

Download worksheet:

Themes (PDF) Themes (Word format)