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Sweet Sixteen Single Film Study »

James Clarke | Wednesday November 22, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Ken Loach, Non-Hollywood Films, Sweet Sixteen, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzunVk_wJNc

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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...

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Selma Single Film Study »

James Clarke | Wednesday November 22, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Selma, Directors, Ava DuVernay, Genres & Case Studies, Biography, Drama, History

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B74p2yHUHHQ

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

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...

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Secrets & Lies Single Film Study »

Siobhan Flint | Thursday November 09, 2017

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

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YToU70X6O_Y

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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...

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Trainspotting Single Film Study »

Siobhan Flint | Thursday November 09, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Danny Boyle, Non-Hollywood Films, Trainspotting, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LuxOYIpu-I

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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...

[ read full article ] »

Beasts of the Southern Wild Single Film Study »

James Clarke | Thursday October 19, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Directors, Benh Zeitlin, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvqZzSMIZa0

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: American Film Since 2005
Component Group 2: American Independent Film

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

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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Winter’s Bone Single Film Study »

Darin Caudle | Friday October 06, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Winter's Bone, Directors, Debra Granik, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5O8F8JtSVmI

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: American Film Since 2005
Component Group 2: American Independent Film

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

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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Apocalypse Now Single Film Study »

James Clarke | Wednesday September 13, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Fancis Ford Coppola, Hollywood Films, Apocalypse Now, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, War

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snDR7XsSkB4

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990
Component Group 2: New Hollywood 1961-1990

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

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Single Film Study »

Antony Bateman | Thursday September 07, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Directors, Milos Forman, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXrcDonY-B8

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: New Hollywood 1961-1990

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

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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No Country for Old Men Single Film Study »

Graham Panton | Wednesday September 06, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, No Country for Old Men, Directors, Coen Brothers, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Thriller

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/38A__WT3-o0

EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

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:

  • Spectatorship
  • Ideology

Section B: American Film since 2005 (two-film study)

Answer on one film from Group 1 and one film from Group 2.

Group 1: Mainstream Film

  • No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007)
  • Inception (Nolan, 2010)
  • Selma...
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Boyhood Single Film Study »

Graham Panton | Sunday September 03, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Richard Linklater, Non-Hollywood Films, Boyhood, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/IiDztHS3Wos

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: American Film Since 2005
Component Group 2: American Independent Film

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

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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Casablanca Single Film Study »

Viki Walden | Friday September 01, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Casablanca, Directors, Martin Scorsese, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Drama, Film Noir, Romance, War

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQTWfGOv1JY

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

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

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context
...[ read full article ] »

Bonnie and Clyde Single Film Study »

Darin Caudle | Thursday August 31, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Bonnie and Clyde, Directors, Arthur Penn, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ACCpXaA-MU

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

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

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context
...[ read full article ] »

Winter’s Bone Single Film Study Bibliography and Tasks »

Richard Gent | Tuesday October 06, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Winter's Bone, Directors, Debra Granik, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

Bibliography

Works Cited:

  • Adams, S., 2010. Debra Granik. [Online] Available at: https://film.avclub.com/debra-granik-1798220605 [Accessed 12 September 2017].
  • Cwellum, 2013. On the Margins: Winter’s Bone, Independent...
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WJEC AS Film FM2 British and American Film Sec A Producers and Audiences: Only Lovers Left Alive »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 16, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section A: Producers and Audiences, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Jim Jarmusch, Non-Hollywood Films, Only Lovers Left Alive, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Horror, Romance

Independent Film Case Study: Only Lovers Left Alive (Jarmusch, 2014)

This resource focuses on one independent film, Only Lovers Left Alive. 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.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) was directed by Jim Jarmusch and starred Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska. Despite the obvious casting of established well known actors the film can be...

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OCR A2 Film Sec A Messages and Values in Global Film: Battleship Potemkin & Les Quatre Cents Coups »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 15, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Battleship Potemkin, Les Quatre Cents Coups, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, History, War

1. How is style and theme used in communicating messages and values in the films you have studied? (50)

The two films I have studied are Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin from 1925 and Francois Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows) from 1959. Both films are encoded with a filmmaking style that both reflects a period in cinematic history and also with narrative themes deeply embedded revealing underlying messages and values.

Potemkin’ is considered a classic of 1920s silent soviet cinema with Eisenstein directing films alongside famous...

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OCR AS Film Studies Contemporary English Language Film: Gone Too Far! and Sightseers »

Rob Miller | Friday September 11, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Gone Too Far!, Sightseers, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama

This resource will be studying the seven frameworks for analysis in Gone Too Far (2014) and Sightseers (2012). It is not an exemplar. For a breakdown of exam requirements, please go to AS OCR Film Studies: Contemporary English Language Film or locate our extended Section A Exemplar Response, using The Double and Saving Mr. Banks, both from 2013.

Gone Too Far!

Authorship

Gone Too Far! (GTF) is a British-Nigerian comedy/social realist drama directed by Destiny Ekaragha. She is only the third black British woman to have directed a feature length film that received UK...

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OCR A2 Film Sec A Messages and Values in Global Film: Battleship Potemkin & Good Bye, Lenin! »

Rob Miller | Friday September 11, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Goodbye Lenin, World Cinema, Battleship Potemkin, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance, War

  • Battleship Potemkin (Russia, 1925)
  • Good Bye, Lenin! (Germany, 2003)

Battleship Potemkin

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNT6xyopdBs (whole film)

Historical, Socio-political and Cultural Issues incorporating Authorship

Battleship Potemkin (Potemkin) is a film rooted in Russian history, a fragile peasant economy was ruled by a Tsarist autocracy until revolution and war in 1905 saw a wave of mass political and social unrest spread through the Russian Empire. This included strikes, peasant unrest and military mutinies. It was the latter that Potemkin explored by...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Dirty Harry and Gran Torino »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 09, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Hollywood Films, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Thriller, Drama, Thriller, Western, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation

  • Dirty Harry (1971, Don Siegel)
  • Gran Torino (2008, Clint Eastwood)

Centres can choose from a range of different American film texts: the three main areas of study are Messages, Themes and Values, Narrative and Genre, Representation of Time and Place (often linked to messages and values) and Representation of Character. You can compare in Section B but in Section C you must. The above choice of texts reflects films belonging to the same genre but it is very possible to explore two films that encode similar messages and themes from different genres and time periods. Both...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Taxi Driver and No Country for Old Men »

Rob Miller | Monday September 07, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, No Country for Old Men, Hollywood Films, Taxi Driver, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Hot Entries

FM2 British and American Film Section C: US Cinema Comparative Study

For further details of assessment requirements and past Section C exam questions, please go to FilmEdu’s Gilda (1946) and L.A Confidential (1997) Comparative Case Study  and FilmEdu’s Minority Report and Blade Runner Comparative Study for other comparison resources.

Taxi Driver

Like No Country for Old Men, Taxi Driver is a film about nihilism – with 31 years between them both films have characters that reject underpinning established rules of law in pursuit of an ultimate individualism. Both films...

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British Film: Swinging Britain 1963-1973 »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 06, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Alfie, If, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Hot Entries

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FM2 Section B: British Film Topics – British Film and Culture

When we use the term ’British film and culture’ we are stating, or at least implying a connection between specific films and how they are partly, and in significant ways the product of a wider national cultural discourse and identity. In this context, a film can contribute to the way that a nation communicates messages and values about itself. In terms of film, these messages and values find expression in both the micro and macro elements of a film narrative.

In this resource...

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The Battle of Algiers (1966) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 29, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, The Battle of Algiers, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, History, War, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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FM4 Section C Single Film - Critical Study

The whole film can be watched here.

In 2010, The Guardian newspaper published a story entitled “Algeria (national football squad) prepare for World Cup battle by watching The Battle of Algiers.”. Given the centrality of football to our contemporary popular culture, this incident might offer some suggestion of the cyclical power of cultural discourse and the transmission of a given film text’s thematic content in terms of the process of how it is decoded and appropriated by particular audiences at...

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Happy Together (Hong Kong 1997) Case Study »

James Clarke | Tuesday October 07, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Happy Together, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries, Theory, Auteur Theory, Queer Theory

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FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

Introduction

Happy Together is a feature film directed by Wong Kar-wai. It was released in 1997, the year that Hong Kong’s governance from Britain ended and governance from China began. The fact that Happy Together begins with passports being stamped might well resonate with Hong Kong audiences particularly with when the film was released. We might suggest that a passport is a very tangible symbol of national identity. The film is encoded...[ read full article ] »


Solaris (Soviet Union 1972) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 01, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Solaris (1972), Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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There are key areas of study that WJEC recommend are explored for FM4 Section C – Solaris, and they are as follows:

  • As a philosophical film about identity and memory

  • The role and function of Hari

  • The undemonstrative character of Kris and the reasons for this

  • Issues of representation in relation to conventions of the Sci-Fi genre

  • The significance of the earth sequences – including the emphasis on nature
  • The overall pace and length of the film

  • Spectatorship issues related to the above and to narrative development

  • The film as...
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Movern Callar (2002) Case Study »

James Clarke | Friday September 26, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Movern Callar, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

Introduction

Lynne Ramsay, the director of the film Morvern Callar has made the valuable observation that “I love to see great dialogue in the cinema but I hate to see ‘Film TV’. When I go to the cinema I want to have a cinematic experience….I like dialogue when it’s used in a way where the body language says the complete opposite…” [1] Ramsay’s emphasis on the importance of the non-verbal is highly relevant in relation to Morvern...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Gilda and L.A.Confidential »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 23, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, L.A Confidential, Hollywood Films, Gilda, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Representation

Introduction

In this section of the exam you will get a choice of one question from two – an absolute must is that you compare and contrast two films, either from the same genre or that both deal with a specific theme. Genre, narrative and representation are key areas of study - see below examples of past questions:

  1. How far do the American films you have studied convey key themes in similar ways?
  2. How far is the representation of characters in the American films you have studied influenced by the times in which the films were made?
  3. Discuss some of the similarities and...
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Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Independent, Thriller, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Representation

FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

Section C of FM4 offers students the ability to engage in a critical study of a single film, within a synoptic framework – this means the micro and the macro features need to be studied, as well as issues of representation. Useful will be placing the film in an institutional and cultural context in reference to production, funding distribution, audience, audience reception but also genre and narrative. WJEC do provide, on request a short Reader on each film with a number...

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Ratcatcher Case Study »

James Clarke | Thursday July 10, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Ratcatcher, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Introduction

Lynne Ramsay’s film Ratcatcher is a key British production of the late 1990s and is notable for its thoughtful and sensitive focus on the representation of a young person. The film explores the representation of childhood, guilt and atonement in a dysfunctional environment. Although on the paper 2, GCSE list of films, Vicky LeBeau’s analysis of the narrative and ideological function that children typically embody in movies can apply when she writes that:

“Closer to the state of infancy, an infans (literally, without language)...

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Modern Times Case Study (Chaplin 1936) »

James Clarke | Monday May 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Modern Times, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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The first image that we see in Modern Times is of a clock - a symbol of the workplace and productivity as Chaplin’s Little Tramp struggles in the modern, industrialised world of which he is so critical during the time of the Great Depression, see more on that here. As such the image is emblematic of the entire film. Modern Times is a silent film comedy that is as ideologically rich and meaningful as a wide range of far more ‘serious’ dramas about ‘serious’ subjects; as evidenced by films such as Schindler’s List (1993) and 12 Years A...

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WJEC A2 FM4 Section C Single Film Critical Study | Talk To Her - Almodovar, 2002 »

James Clarke | Friday May 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Talk To Her, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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In this resource we will consider the film Talk To Her (2002) and explore some aspects of its film style, by which we mean the choices made by the filmmakers in their deployment of sound and visual elements in the construction of the narrative. As such, we are considering how storytelling devices express a range of meanings and values embodied within the drama. Talk To Her offers an opportunity for us to think about how film (and non Hollywood films, particularly) might have more opportunity than the Hollywood-produced film (typically conservative...

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Rabbit Proof Fence Case Study »

James Clarke | Wednesday April 16, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Rabbit Proof Fence, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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In this resource we will consider the film Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) and explore some aspects of its film style, by which we mean the choices made the filmmakers in terms of how they deploy sound and vision. As such, we are considering the storytelling devices with which the film expresses a range of meanings and values embodied within the drama.

Through the way that the stylistic choices of the film’s producers’ (writer/director/producer/actors/camera/sound/music) function we are able to determine a range of themes and issues in the film...

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Messages and Values in Global Cinema »

Rob Miller | Friday March 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Russian Ark, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

OCR A2 Film Studies Unit F633: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives Section A: Messages and Values in Global Cinema

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The study of “two contrasting non-English language texts that derive from different countries of origin”:

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, Honk Kong, Taiwan) 2000
  • Russian Ark (Russia, Germany) 2002

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Both films, one a Wuxia martial arts/romance hybrid and the other a historical drama-documentary provide audiences with an understanding of Chinese and Russian culture, within the framework of...

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Les Enfants du Paradis (Carne 1945) »

James Clarke | Thursday March 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Les Enfants du Paradis, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section C Critical Study Les Enfants du Paradis

Typically, in many of our Edusites resources we identify contexts that inform the potential meaning of a given film text. In the case of Les Enfants du Paradis this is an especially powerful and relevant aspect of how we approach the film.

In this resource, we will broadly sketch out a particular political context, then move on to describe something of the production and conceptual development of the film and finally consider aspects of the film’s formal qualities (macro...

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The Wave Case Study »

James Clarke | Monday March 10, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Wave, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Thriller, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: The Wave (2008 – Germany)

Introduction

Exploring films that have been produced outside of those made and distributed globally by the Hollywood film studios offers us an exciting opportunity to broaden our horizons: in terms of storytelling (the way of telling, or organizing the elements of a story), the stories themselves become of broader interest in other cultures and their cinemas. Watching films from around the world, rather than only those made by American and British film...

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The Devil’s Backbone Case Study »

James Clarke | Thursday March 06, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Devil's Backbone, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Horror, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: The Devil’s Backbone (2001 – Spain/Mexico)

Introduction

In his book The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim writes that “The deep inner conflicts originating in our primitive drives and our violent emotions are all denied in much of children’s literature, and so the child is not helped in coping with them. But the child is subject to desperate feelings of loudness and isolation, and often experiences mortal anxiety.” [1]

This means that childhood is stereotypically associated with innocence and...

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Persepolis Case Study »

Amy Charlewood | Wednesday February 12, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Persepolis, Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Biography, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: Persepolis (2007)

Introduction and Synopsis

Persepolis (2007) is based on a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi’s called The Complete Persepolis and is a coming-of-age memoir that tells of the author’s experiences growing up during and in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. Persepolis was also adapted into a 2007 animated film of the same name, written and directed by Satrapi along with Vincent Paronnaud.  The film went on to win the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was...

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: Tsotsi »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 23, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Tsotsi, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Clips

  • Tsotsi Opening Sequence
  • Tsotsi End Sequence

Further Reading

  • Studying Tsotsi: Judith Gunn (Auteur Publishing)

Awards

  • Best Foreign Language Film - 2006 Academy Awards

Institutional Factors and Representation of People, Places, Events and Issues

Tsotsi (urban slang – thug) is a film based on a novel by Athol Fugard set in the impoverished township of Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa – Fugard is best known for his plays with political narratives opposing the historical South African system of Apartheid but wrote his only novel Tsotsi in draft form in the 1960s...

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Superhero and Film Outside Hollywood Revision Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 15, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Superhero, Hot Entries

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Book A Half or Full Day Revision Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Film provides visually dynamic, interactive Revision Courses on the Superhero film genre and Films from outside Hollywood dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Pupils will study for Paper 1 Superhero Films and be fully prepared for unseen analysis. Focus will be on micro and macro elements including film language, genre and narrative and also a complete understanding of marketing and promotion (including audiences, film production, technology, distribution and...
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Film and Thatcher’s Britain »

James Clarke | Tuesday December 03, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Chariots of Fire, Non-Hollywood Films, My Beautiful Laundrette, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance, Sport, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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One of the key issues to be explored in our study of film is that of representation. As such, it’s fair to say that there’s an established, and largely agreed upon, understanding that film, like other media and forms of cultural expression, can reflect back to us aspects of the conditions in which we live or have lived with. Certainly, there’s scope for us to think about how British cinema has, in more or less ‘obvious’ ways, reflected back to us a point of view about a particular British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and the period...

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The Impact of World War Two on British Cinema »

James Clarke | Tuesday December 03, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, In Which We Serve, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, War, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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World War Two impacted ferociously on Great Britain: cities were attacked by German bombers, air battles were fought and daily life was severely tested over the six years of conflict. It’s understandable though, if the war seems a long, long time ago to you. Cinema, however, offers us a meaningful way to reconnect with, and reflect on the event and to develop a sense of the relationship between World War Two and British cinema. Attendance at cinemas was acutely influenced by the war and, perhaps most interestingly, in terms of the kinds of film...

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section B Spectatorship Documentaries Exemplar »

Karen Ardouin | Monday June 10, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section B: Spectatorship Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Fahrenheit 9/11, Grizzly Man, Marley, Senna, Super Size Me, Touching The Void, We Are The Lambeth Boys, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, History, Independent, Music, Sport, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Mock Exams, A Level Mock Exams

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With reference to the films you have studied for this topic, how far can it be said that different kinds of documentaries offer different kinds of spectator experiences?

The spectator experience is dependent on a number of factors including environment of reception for example (where it is seen) and specifically purpose, whether to entertain, inform, educate or persuade. Documentaries are diverse in content and can suggest degrees of realism. Mediated content is often apparent in terms of the selection and construction of material or a wholly...

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Popular Film & Emotional Response: Understanding Emotional Responses »

Viki Walden | Monday March 25, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Schindler's List, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, La Vita è Bella, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Students can find studying spectatorship challenging.  There are many theories of spectatorship, but starting with the theory can lead students to list theoretical ideas rather than engage with the texts. Let’s not forget this A2 Film Studies unit is about “emotional responses” more than critical ones.

This is a good place to start with students. What is “emotion”? What is “popular film”? And what elements of the film experience trigger emotional responses?

Emotion and Popular Film

The term emotion, as commonly used today, has...

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GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood Exemplars »

Karen Ardouin | Wednesday December 19, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Devil's Backbone, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Horror, Hot Entries

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood High Level Exemplar The Devil’s Backbone.doc
  • GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood B Grade Exemplar.doc
  • GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood C Grade Exemplar.doc



Yasmin Case Study »

Viki Walden | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Yasmin, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Drama, Independent, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Film | Yasmin

Synopsis

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The opening of Yasmin reveals a Britain where racism prevails. Khalid and his son (Nasir) open the shutter of the family shop, which has been coated in racist graffiti. Nas proceeds to sing morning prayers – his voice echoes over the city and surrounding hills through the loud speaker - calling everyone to prayer. Several Muslims are seen hurriedly preparing, except one - Yasmin. In a field, just outside of town, she swaps her hijab for skinny jeans and black heels. Then takes to her convertible car, puts on her sunglasses and...

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Submarine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday October 01, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries

Institutional Factors | Distribution

Submarine was written and directed by Richard Ayoade and released at UK cinemas in March 2011 after significant critical success at festivals including the London Film Festival (LFF) but particularly the Toronto Film Festival. Toronto success secured the film a distribution contract with the Weinstein Company (formerly Disney owned Miramax) – Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s company in essence can be described as a ‘Mini Major’ film distributor, large enough to cope with the distribution of academy award winning The Artist (2012) and...

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AS OCR Film Studies: Contemporary English Language Film »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday September 11, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hot Fuzz, The Woman in Black, Genres & Case Studies, Action, British Film, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Independent, Mystery, Thriller, Hot Entries

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In both the exam and in the coursework, candidates will be asked to study English Language Texts. They are NOT able to study the same texts for both sections and will prepare for this in different ways. For example, the coursework will act as a catalyst for their creative work in their portfolios. In the exam, students will have part of a two hour exam to answer a specific (unseen) question on an aspect of the film.

Both the coursework and examination texts will have shared aspects. This is mainly the understanding of both the micro and macro features of a text. It is...

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La Haine Case Study »

Viki Walden | Friday September 07, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, La Haine, Genres & Case Studies, Beur, Classic, Drama, New Realism, Social Realism

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Urban Stories | Power, Poverty & Conflict | Case Study 2 | La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz , 1995)

Synopsis

La Haine (Hate 1995, France) focuses on a single day in the lives of three twenty-something friends from immigrant families, living in an impoverished and multi-ethnic French housing project. The housing project, or la banlieues (ZUP - zone à urbaniser en priorité), hosts a riot after a young man is shot by a policeman. The film follows the young trio in the immediate aftermath of the riot. Vinz, who is Jewish, is filled with rage. He sees himself as a gangster, ready to...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Case Study »

Viki Walden | Thursday September 06, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Children, Drama, Families, History, War, Hot Entries

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Film

Synopsis

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8 year old Bruno doesn’t have a care in the world as he pretends to be a plane flying through the streets of Berlin, on his way back from school. He is blissfully ignorant of the terror happening around him – Jewish families being rounded up and transported out of the city. When he returns home however, his family are preparing for a celebration. His father, Ralf, has received a promotion that means they must all leave the capital; a move that will change Bruno’s life forever.

At his new stately home Bruno is sullen until, looking...

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Milk Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 08, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Milk, Genres & Case Studies, Biography, Drama, History, Social Realism

Synopsis and Character Profiles

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Milk is a film based on a true story (narrative fact) about openly gay civil rights activist, Harvey Milk, who eventually - after many struggles and defeats - finally serves in public office as a San Francisco Supervisor in the Mayor’s Office. The film ends with his assassination in 1978 by political nemesis, Social Conservative Dan White.

Played by Sean Penn, the film opens with 40 year old Milk in 1978 narrating and recording a monologue “only to be played in the event of my death”.

He is openly gay (which was a difficult decision in...

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Romeo and Juliet Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 08, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Romeo and Juliet, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries, CCEA, CCEA Case Studies

Synopsis

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A television news report provides the prologue / chorus for Romeo and Juliet, introducing the tale of the “star-crossed lovers”. The city of Verona is divided by a feud between the two wealthiest businessmen - Lord Capulet and Lord Montague.

As the Montagues arrive in a petrol station, they are met by the Capulets. Whilst Benvolio (leader of the Montagues) tries to maintain peace, Tybalt (leader of the Capulets and “King of Cats”) cannot be persuaded and leads them into battle. Tybalt shoots one of the Montagues as they drive away. As the petrol station...

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Rachel Getting Married Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 08, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Rachel Getting Married, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, Social Realism

Section C: American Comparative Study

Synopsis

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Kym awaits the arrival of her father and step mother, Carol to pick her up from rehab. When she arrives home the house is chaotic amidst her sister’s wedding arrangements. Kym and her sister, Rachel reminisces about their childhood and appear to have a close relationship.

Paul, Kym’s dad, will not let her borrow a car because of a past incident, so Kym has to cycle to attend her addicts’ meeting and drugs test. When she returns and is introduced to the groom and best man, she recognises the best man, Kieran from her...

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