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This Is England Single Film Study

jclarke | Monday September 03, 2018

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Shane Meadows, Non-Hollywood Films, This is England, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: British Film Since 1995 Two Film Study
Component Group 1: Varieties of Film and Filmmaking

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 (Coppola, 1979)
  • Sightseers (Wheatley, 2012)*
  • Under the Skin (Glazer, 2013)


Cinema is always evolving and it’s exciting to witness, to explore and to understand. A film such as This Is England is one that has gone some way in transcending its original moment of release and has become something of a landmark in contemporary British cinema.

Every film reflects the concerns of its time, offering a particular way of looking at the world in that culture, that society, that time. To understand a film as fully as possible, you need to know something of the era in which it was produced. As you will have already considered in your Edusites Core Units, film is very much a cultural artefact, 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...

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