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OCR H410 Set Films

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 27, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Key Concepts, A Level Film

Films marked 'live!' are complete case studies

Component 01 Film History 35%

Section A: Film Form in US Cinema | Silent Era to 1990

These examination tasks require that you study three American films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film language
  • Film meaning
  • Film context
  • Meaning and response

The task will require you compare three films, one from each Component Group:

  • The Silent Era
  • Hollywood 1930-1960
  • Hollywood 1961-1990

Silent Era



Section B: European Cinema History

Experimental film – European surrealist film

Learners must study a set pair of two experimental films from the European surrealist film movement of the 1920s and 1930s. The set experimental film pair is equivalent in study to one feature length set film.

In addition to the above, learners must also study at least one other set film. This film should be drawn from one of the other European film movements or stylistic developments listed below:

French New Wave | Film Movement - click here

German Cinema | Study of Expressionism - click here

Mexican Cinema - click here

Key films covered in the above resource:

Component 02 Critical Approaches to Film 35%

Learners will further develop knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to film and of narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship.

Learners must study at least one set film from each of the categories below:

Section A Contemporary British and US Film

Contemporary British*

*Click here for our A Level Film Unit 3 Core: Film Audience and Spectatorship+ lessons on Skyfall, Ex-Machina and some study on British Social Realism looking at The Angel's Share and Fish Tank.

Contemporary US

  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Gunn, 2014)
  • The Hunger Games (Ross, 2012)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015) workbook coming soon
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012)
  • Zootopia (Bush, 2016)
  • Jurassic World (Trevorrow, 2015)

Section B Documentary

Click here for Analysing a Documentary Film resource


  • Stories We Tell (Polley, 2013) live!
  • Searching for Sugarman (Bendjelloul, 2012)
  • 5 Broken Cameras (Burnat & Davidi, 2011)
  • The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, 2012)
  • Man on Wire (Marsh, 2008)
  • Citizenfour (Poitras, 2014)

Section C Ideology

Learners will be required to study and compare three set films which tackle challenging issues. The set films for this section have been arranged into three thematic categories:

  • Family and Home
  • Outsiders - the Edusites focus

  • Conflict

Learners must select one thematic category, e.g.Outsiders, and study three set films within that category. Within a chosen theme one set film must be studied from each of the following categories:

  • US Independent
  • English language (non-US)
  • Non-European non-English language

US Independent

Family and Home:

  1. Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, 2012)
  2. The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011)


  1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Amirpour, 2014)
  2. Elephant (Van Sant, 2003) live!


  1. The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, 2008)
  2. Whiplash (Chazelle, 2015)

English language (non-US)

Family and Home:

  1. Room (Abrahamson, 2015)
  2. Animal Kingdom (Michod, 2010)


  1. The Babadook (Kent, 2014) live!
  2. The Piano (Campion, 1993)


  1. District 9 (Blomkamp, 2009)
  2. Mad Max (Miller, 1979)

Non-European non-English language

Family and Home:

  1. A Separation (Farhadi, 2011)
  2. Our Little Sister (Koreeda, 2016)


  1. Yojimbo (The Bodyguard) (Kurosawa, 1961)
  2. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron, 2001) live!


  1. Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1965) live!
  2. The Grandmaster (Kar-Wai, 2013)

Component 03/04 Making a Short Film 30%

Learners must study one compilation of short British fiction films. Learners have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills through:

  • the production of a 5 minute short film or a 10 minute screenplay for a short film (incorporating a digitally photographed storyboard)
  • an evaluative analysis of the production in relation to professionally produced set short films.

Guide on Making a Short Film, Production and Evaluative Analysis


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