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WJEC AS Film FM2 British and American Film Sec A Producers and Audiences: The Inbetweeners

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM2, Section A: Producers and Audiences, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Ben Palmer, Non-Hollywood Films, The Inbetweeners, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy

Independent Film Case Study: The Inbetweeners Movie (Palmer, 2011)

This resource focuses on one crossover independent film, The Inbetweeners Movie. It is intended to be used as stimulus in helping to understand the definitions of independent film. For a full guide on Section A please access WJEC AS FM2 British & American Film Producers and Audiences Resource Items.

The Inbetweeners Movie (Inbetweeners) from 2011 crosses over from independent to mainstream film even in title: the name having connotations that it is neither one thing or the other with four stereotypically geeky boys, all odd individuals going on holiday to Malia. Malia is a destination known for its partying culture but also for its ‘conquest based’ sexual holiday reputation; none of the boys fit in. It is the head-on clash with this culture that is the interface for the comedy. The institutional cross over stems from its origins as a low production value (£3.5m) British coming of age independent comedy in conflict with the box office success it achieved in the UK setting the record for the biggest opening weekend for a comedy. All four of the film’s main protagonists originate in television but have now become well known because of the The Inbetweeners Movie as well as its sequel. The following scene is typical of the nature of the comedy and evidences their status as outsiders: The Inbetweeners Movie - Dance Scene [FULL].

Neither Director Ben Palmer nor any of the actors were pre existing stars but have cultural appeal drawn from the small screen origins of the film as an E4 sitcom. Palmer directed a number of the tv episodes so was working with a cast he was familiar with. The tv show was critically acclaimed and twice BAFTA nominated with a failed MTV US version in 2012. The sitcom explored classic teenage themes (hence its airing on the youth channel E4) like family break up, bullying and failed sexual encounters, which is taken on by the film and...

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