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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film: The Quiet Ones and Hush

Rob Miller | Thursday November 19, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hush, The Quiet Ones, Genres & Case Studies, Horror, Hot Entries

Section B: British Film Topics – British Film and Genre

To answer this question, students must show a detailed knowledge of a minimum of two films. This resource explores two contemporary British horror films and can be used in conjunction with the following other case studies and exemplars:

  • British Film and Genre (Horror and Comedy)
  • 28 Days Later Case Study
  • The Wicker Man Case Study
  • WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Horror Exemplar

Past Exam Questions

Analysis of both films will cover all potential areas of exam questioning with the following questions drawn from past FM2 papers:

How far are the storylines in the films you have studied for this topic typically British?

How are either female or male characters represented in the horror films you have studied?

What are some of the ways in which the films you have studied are typical of their genre?

What can be described as distinctly British in particular sequences from the films you have studied?

How far are the messages and values of the films you have studied shaped by genre conventions?

Using particular sequences from the films you have studied, explore the representation of key characters.

This resource will focus on the following films:

The Quiet Ones (2014)

Hush (2009)

The Quiet Ones (2014)

Institutional Context and ‘Britishness’

The Quiet Ones retains cultural Britishness from its setting, actors, cast and crew but also from its production base. The film was made by Hammer Film Productions; an iconic British studio, famous in the large part for its Gothic Hammer Horrors from the 1960s and 1970s.  The Quiet Ones is the sixth revival film made by Hammer since it was acquired by a consortium including British advertising executive Charles Saatchi in 2000 (Hammer ceased production in the 1980s). The studio is now owned by a Dutch media mogul, with funding yet again uncertain. Previous Hammer productions have included the 2012 film adaptation of...


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