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Secrets & Lies Single Film Study

Siobhan Flint | Thursday November 09, 2017

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Mike Leigh, Non-Hollywood Films, Secrets and Lies, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section C: British Film Since 1995

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context

And with specific reference to ideas of:

  • Narrative
  • Ideology

Two of the following British films will be studied:

  • Secrets & Lies* (Leigh, 1996)
  • Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996)
  • Sweet Sixteen (Loach, 2002)
  • Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004)
  • This is England (Meadows, 2006)
  • Moon (Jones, 2009)
  • Fish Tank (Arnold, 2009)
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin (Ramsay, 2011)
  • Sightseers (Wheatley, 2012)
  • Under the Skin (Glazer, 2013)

*Please note that this film title uses an ampersand in the title rather than the word. Throughout this single film study it is referred to as Secrets & Lies by Mike Leigh. There is also an American series named Secrets and Lies.


Context of Production

Every film reflects the concerns of its time, the particular way of looking at the world in that culture, that society, that time. To fully understand a film, you need to know something of the era that spawned it. As you will have already considered in your Edusites Core Units Film is very much a cultural artifact, a reflection of the society that created and watched it. Each film is influenced by all of the films that have gone before it – the collective consciousness of how we ‘look’ at a film - and will have specific conventions that link it to others of its genre, its type. For your examination, an understanding of the film’s production and of events in the world at that time will offer perspectives on how to...

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