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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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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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Living with Crime »

James Clarke | Friday March 22, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, London to Brighton, Sweet Sixteen, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Crime, Independent, Social Realism, Thriller, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Crime and cinema have a longstanding relationship.

Going right back to early cinema one of the landmark silent films was The Great Train Robbery (1903). There is a shot in that film which is overtly referenced as the last shot that we see in the American crime film GoodFellas (1990).

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However, whereas we might argue that the criminal life that’s represented in the Hollywood-produced GoodFellas is somewhat glamourised and told in an overtly artificial way (think of how music is used and, for example, the very...

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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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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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Kick Ass Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday November 16, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Kick Ass, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, British Film, Comedy, Independent, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | Kick Ass

Synopsis

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Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is Kick Ass. The film begins with his voiceover about superheroes and the story of his life. Six months ago, he was “the last person you would expect to be a superhero”. He is an American student who doesn’t belong to any clubs, “invisible to girls“, he fantasises about his English teacher and has a crush on Katie Deauxma, a cute girl who has a locker near his. His mother died 18 months ago of an aneurysm, and he lives with his dad. Instead of following the normal superhero codes...

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This is England Screening Questions »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Screening Notes, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, This is England, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Independent, Social Realism, Hot Entries

British and American Film Independent Case Study

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Associated Resources

This is England Screening Questions.doc

Use your bibliography of British Film resources to research the following questions:

  1. Who wrote and directed This is England? What other projects has he been involved in? What do you think his contribution to British Film has been?
  2. What was the name of the Production Company and Theatrical Distributor? How would you describe the Distribution company? Where did the film get financial assistance from? Apart from cinemas, where else has the film been shown?
  3. Name 5...
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Shaun Of The Dead Screening and Research Questions »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Screening Notes, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Shaun of the Dead, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Horror, Independent, Hot Entries, Research, Film Research

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Shaun of the Dead Screening and Research Questions.doc

  1. Who directed, produced and distributed Shaun of the Dead?
  2. How does the film reflect the pattern of many British Films of recent years?
  3. Research and detail at least ten films made by the same production company and distributor. Identify their genre
  4. Why do you think Shaun of the Dead was commercially successful? Research the UK and US box office gross and subsequent DVD/Video sales
  5. How does the film culturally represent the image of a nation? How does this compare with independent films you are...
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Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers Case Study »

Viki Walden | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Wallace and Gromit, Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1990 Onwards, British Film, Comedy, Crime, Independent, Hot Entries, CCEA, CCEA Case Studies

Synopsis

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It is Gromit’s birthday and he is feeling particularly ignored by Wallace. When the post arrives, he eagerly seeks it out but find a rather tacky and unoriginal card ‘To a dear dog’ from Wallace and nothing else. Wallace presses his alarm for breakfast and reminds Gromit that it is his turn for breakfast, so Gromit obliges. Wallace finally gives Gromit his presents, which bemuse him - a collar and lead (so he can finally look like he “belongs to someone”) and techno-trousers that can take him for walks.

Gromit goes for a walk with the techno-trousers, but...

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This is England Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 02, 2011

Categories: A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, This is England, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Crime, Drama, Independent, Hot Entries

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Production Context & Key Notes

  • Written and Directed by Shane Meadows (UK)
  • Shane Meadows films include Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Dead Man’s Shoes and Northern Soul
  • Produced by EM Media (East Midlands)
  • Distributed by Optimum (Independent UK Distributor : Brick, Vera Drake, Dead Man’s Shoes, 9 Songs)
  • Additional Funding – Film4 and UK Film Council (£668,000 – New Cinema Fund, £90,000 P and A Fund)
  • Theatrical Release: April 2007
  • Independent British Film
  • Genre/Tradition: Social Realism
  • Critical Success: Film Festival Awards
  • UK Box Office:  £1.3m (gross), Casino...
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Man with a Movie Camera Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 01, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Man With A Movie Camera, Genres & Case Studies, Classic, Documentary, Independent, Silent

Spectatorship and Documentary

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Synopsis and Character Profiles

Man with a Movie Camera is an innovative silent 1929 Documentary, set in a number of cities in the Soviet Union, including Odessa (near where Eisenstein shot the iconic Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potemkin). Fundamentally, and on a manifest level, it is about a day in the life of a city and audiences are introduced to a city literally waking up – individuals washing and bathing, Tram Sheds opening, tramps waking up on park benches and men and women interacting with the machinery of modern life.

The...

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Metropolis Case Study »

Viki Walden | Saturday October 22, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Metropolis, Genres & Case Studies, Classic, Expressionist, Independent

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Urban Stories | Power, Poverty & Conflict | Case Study 1 | Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)

Synopsis

Freder has lived a naive existence as the son of the founder / owner of the city of Metropolis. He spends his spare time frolicking in the Club of Sons or Eternal Gardens, blissfully unaware of the tormented incarceration of the workers in the depths of the city. This is until, one day, Maria brings the children to see their richer “brothers”. Touched by the image of these poor, dishevelled children, Freder explores the under city. He is tormented by the images he sees- an...

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British Film & Hollywood Essay »

Rob Miller | Friday October 07, 2011

Categories: Film Industry, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Independent, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • British Film and Hollywood Essay.doc

British Film has been dominated by Hollywood since WW1. Any essay that discusses UK Film has to reference the cultural and ideological dominance of the Hollywood Film Industry to such as point that many cinema goers often will never see a film in any other environment than a multiplex cinema. They may also fail to recognise that many other countries have very successful film industries - this reflects a concept called the Hollywood Hegemony. Many Hollywood films are able to synergise two compatible products e.g....

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Breaking Down The Mock Exam | Paper 2 Non-Hollywood Film »

Nicole Ponsford | Monday September 19, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, Independent, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

Top Tips for Students

1. Always read all the questions and follow the instructions to the letter!

2. In advance, consider how much time you have for each section. Try to keep to this. Always give yourself 5-8 minutes at the end for checking work over. If you are working and cannot answer a question, move on and come back to it.

3. Look at the amount of marks available. You may be able to write bullet point answers for some questions, but need to write a longer and more detailed response for others. If, like Question 1a, it says briefly then be brief. You do not have to...

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Defining Independent Film »

Antony Bateman | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Independent, Hot Entries

Strictly speaking, an independent film is one which is made away from the control of a large corporation, and by control we mean funding or creative input. So no film could really be called an independent film unless it is totally funded produced and distributed privately. It is therefore unlikely that any film can truly and totally be called an independent film.

It has been said that if 50% of the budget is raised away from a major studio it would be an independent film but this is debatable since a studio with a 50% investment would certainly not leave the production...

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