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Shaun of the Dead Single Film Study »

Viki Walden | Friday September 15, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Edgar Wright, Non-Hollywood Films, Shaun of the Dead, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Horror

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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...
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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

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

Rob Miller | Thursday November 19, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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...

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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, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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...

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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 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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International Film Styles: Neorealism »

James Clarke | Friday September 04, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, 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, Kes, World Cinema, Rome, Open City, Genres & Case Studies, Neorealism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Across the varied and diverse ways in which a film text can encode and emphasise meanings and a specific viewpoint on or presentation of a subject, realism is a key aesthetic and formal choice and approach that has functioned as a key creative direction of so much western expression across literature and the visual arts. This resource, then, explores the characteristics of a particular film style that we call neorealism. It stems from post World War Two Italian cinema and its influence has been felt in cinemas around the world.

In exploring two films as our key texts in...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM1 Exploring Film Form Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 16, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM1, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Opening Analysis, Macro Analysis, Micro Analysis, Shot Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Grand Budapest Hotel, Gravity, Skyfall, The Shining, Up, Non-Hollywood Films, Submarine, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Cinematography, Editing, Filming, Mise-en-Scene, Planning, Pre-Production, Reflective Analysis, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Overview

  • Analysis of a 3-5 min Film Extract – Mise-en-Scene, Cinematography and Editing only: (30 Marks)
  • Creative Project – Planning, Producing and Editing a 2 min approx. film sequence of between 10-25 shots (50 Marks)
  • Reflective Analysis – (10 Marks)

Edusites Film recommends a logical time to introduce the FM1 coursework is in week 6, the second week in October, 1 week before the Half Term. By then, students will have learnt skills of textual analysis in regards to micro and macro features and be fully aware of the requirements of the subject (film analysis is a...

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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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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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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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Approaches to Non-Hollywood Film/World Cinema Workshop »

Kirri Porter-White | Thursday June 19, 2014

Categories: Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Bollywood, Iranian, Japanese, Hot Entries

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Our full or half day workshops explore the concept of ‘World Cinema’ – what it is and what it means using a range of examples from Japanese, Bollywood, Mexican and Iranian Cinema. Key texts will be explored to help pupils/students understand the global nature of film production, distribution and consumption.

Cost

  • Half Day (3 Hours Contact Time): costs from £300
  • Full Day (6 Hours Contact Time): costs from £450
  • Travel and printing fees are also applicable, where appropriate. The workshop rate may vary depending on location

Booking &...

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GCSE Film Studies Exemplar Responses 2013/14 »

Rob Miller | Wednesday April 16, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, X-Men, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Devil's Backbone, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 1 A Grade Response 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 A-B Exemplar The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 2 A Grade Response 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 2 D-C Grade Response 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood Exemplars
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 1 A-B Grade Response Summer 2014.docx



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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WJEC AS Film Studies FM1 Exploring Film Form »

Rob Miller | Friday March 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM1, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Submarine, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production, Moving Image Production, Print Production

Overview

  • 20% of A Level Qualification, 40% of AS
  • An Analysis of a Film Extract: (30 Marks)
  • Creative Project: (40 Marks)
  • Reflective Analysis: (10 Marks)

FM1 Unit Introduction

WJEC: “This unit focuses on the micro features of film and the construction of meaning and emotion”. Macro features form the basis for the examined AS module, FM2 although it is accepted by the exam board that it is often difficult to separate macro features narrative and genre from a micro analysis. In this regard, linking two should be encouraged and not repressed e.g. “the sequence in Moulin...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Horror Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday March 11, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, 28 Days Later, Non-Hollywood Films, The Wicker Man, Theatre of Blood, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Horror, Hot Entries

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How do genre conventions in the films that you have studied link with messages and values? (40)

My chosen genre is horror and the two texts I have chosen to focus on are The Wicker Man (1973) and 28 Days Later (2002). The Wicker Man falls into the sub genre of horror and psychological thriller, with its own recognisable codes and conventions. As a film that was seen as problematical then in 1973 (hence its X/18 certificate) it has since become a cult classic exploring messages and values linked to fundamental religious and pagan beliefs through...

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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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Julie Christie: British Film and Stars »

James Clarke | Tuesday February 11, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Film Theory

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While we often first think and refer to contemporary examples of film stars when we study film, it’s useful and valuable to consider film stars whose work has featured across several decades. More specifically for us as British audiences, it’s of particular interest to consider British film stars both in terms of the interest of their performances, and also in terms of how these performances offer representations of national identity and gender in combination. Stars are media texts that are encoded and can be decoded for their meanings and...

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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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British Film and Genre (Horror and Comedy) »

Rob Miller | Wednesday December 04, 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 Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, 28 Days Later, Non-Hollywood Films, Four Lions, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Horror, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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The British Film Industry is successful and thriving but as Jill Nelmes identified in An Introduction to Film Studies can be defined on a number or levels and by a range of “disparate films, genres and movements”. In addition to this there are arguments over what is a British Film and as such, there have been many attempts to define British Film over the years. A useful definition that the BFI proposed in 1996 was that films could be described and culturally and/or institutionally British e.g. commercially successful British Films like the...

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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 A Level Film Studies Recommended Texts »

Rob Miller | Friday October 04, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries

AS Film Studies

Films to teach Core Concepts/British Film Topics/Comparative Study

  • The Shining (1980): Film Form/Mise-en-Scene
  • Beautiful Lies (2010): Genre
  • Avatar (2009): Production, Distribution but also representation and genre
  • Cowboys and Aliens (2011): Hybrid Genre
  • Hot Fuzz (2007): Hybrid Genre, British Film Production Companies
  • Warm Bodies (2013): Hybrid Genre
  • Milk (2008): Independent American Social Realism
  • Precious (2009): Independent American Social Realism
  • About Time (2013): Working Title Studios RomCom, British Film Production Companies
  • Love Actually (2003): Working...
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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Recommended Texts »

Rob Miller | Friday October 04, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries

Non-Superhero Films – Areas of Study

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011): Production values and genre
  • Titanic (1997): Film Form, Narrative, genre and representation
  • Cloverfield (2008): Genre and production values
  • The Bourne Identity (2002): Narrative, film franchises and genre
  • The King’s Speech (2010): Film Form, Film funding, genre and representation
  • Gulliver’s Travels (2010): Hybrid comedy, Action Adventure
  • Star Trek into Darkness (2013): Genre, sequels, franchises and audience appeals
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004): Hybrid genre, independent British 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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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section B Spectatorship Fahrenheit 9/11 Kurt and Courtney 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, Bowling For Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Kurt & Courtney, Genres & Case Studies, Biography, Documentary, History, Music, War, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Mock Exams, A Level Mock Exams

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‘A common experience for the spectator when watching a documentary is to be manipulated by the filmmakers’. How far do you agree with this statement? (35)

Generally, documentaries are created in order to impart information and, in the main, to persuade the audience into believing a particular viewpoint. The contract between audience and filmmaker is considered along with the code of ethics with regard to documenting the real. For example, there are questions around the time and space created within the story and the structure and chronology of...

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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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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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British Film Identity Study: Borders & Belonging »

James Clarke | Friday March 08, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Dirty Pretty Things, Gypo, This is England, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Social Realism

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Introduction

National identity and cinema are inextricably connected around the world. Within this national cinema dynamic is to be found the question of what it might mean to ‘be British’, or, more specifically, English. It’s a question that’s the basis of a longstanding narrative that relates powerfully to our filmic identity and, more immediately, our identity as an island nation, physically and culturally (and economically) separate to the mainland of Europe.

If you watch, read or listen to the news (itself a set of constructed...

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GCSE Film Studies Mock Exams 2013 »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 09, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, X-Men, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Sudies Mock Exam Paper 1 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 2 2013.docx

 




GCSE Film Studies Mock Mark Schemes 2013 »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 09, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 1 Mark Scheme 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Mark Scheme 2013.docx



Ewan McGregor: British Film and Stars »

James Clarke | Thursday December 20, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Trainspotting, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Social Realism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Film Theory

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Ewan McGregor is a major British film star who has appeared in a wide range of films that have been released globally since 1994. His career has combined performances in a range of lower budgeted feature films and work in highly budgeted, event films released by the major film studios. Over the course of almost twenty years McGregor has appeared in nearly fifty films.

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Professionally trained as an actor at London’s Guildhall, McGregor hails from Scotland and the narrative of his career progression from provincial Scotland to being an internationally recognized film star...

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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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The Wicker Man Case Study »

Viki Walden | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Wicker Man, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Horror

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FM2: Close Study Topic

British Horror: The Wicker Man
Director: Robin Hardy
Writers: Anthony Shaffer (Screenplay), [David Pinner - Ritual novel]
Cast: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Ingrid Pitt, Diane Cilento

Synopsis

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Sergeant Howie, a police officer from mainland Scotland, arrives on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, Rowan. As he tours the island, questioning residents and looking for clues, he falls deeper inside the rabbit hole – discovering customs that seem strange to him, to this era and to the Christian world.

As Howie begins...

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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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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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British Star Marketing & Hollywood | Guidance Notes »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 29, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Film Industry, Film Marketing, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries

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There are two distinct ways of targeting audiences:

  • STAR MARKETING
  • GENRE MARKETING

Generic Typecasting

Generic typecasting can apply to British or Hollywood film ‘stars’, e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the stereotypical Action Hero, Julia Roberts or Jennifer Anniston as the classic Romantic Comedy lead, Tom Hanks as ‘the good guy’ and Jim Carey as a the fool (Comedy genre). Johnny Depp, for example is known for his ‘character roles’, often as an eccentric male lead (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) while Tom Hank...

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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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Teaching GCSE Non-Hollywood Film »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hot Entries

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This guide is designed to cover the main issues regarding teaching Non-Hollywood Film for the WJEC GCSE in Film Studies for Paper 2 Exploring Film outside Hollywood and to explain what is likely to be asked of students in the examination.

The texts currently available for assessment are:

Amélie (France), Bend it Like Beckham (UK), Goodbye Lenin (Germany), Ratcatcher (UK), Spirited Away (Japan), The Devil’s Backbone (Spain), Whale Rider (New Zealand) and Yasmin (UK).

Why do we study Non-Hollywood Film?

Whilst Hollywood dominates across the world, the major studios...

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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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Documentary Definitions »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Dictionary, Media & Film Studies Dictionary, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Super Size Me, World Cinema, Man With A Movie Camera, Genres & Case Studies, Documentary, Hot Entries

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Realism: The ‘kind’ of reality produced by a media text

Mediation: The process whereby media texts select and construct the world through different techniques

Documentary encodes versions of reality that are mediated into our individual context. Realism is a term that does not always apply to what is actually real, but to degrees of realism and audiences’ expectations of reality.

Documentary Modes of Representation

In “Representing Reality, Issues and Concepts in Documentary”, Bill Nichols 1991 (Indiana University Press) argues there are four documentary modes...

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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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Shaun of the Dead Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 03, 2011

Categories: A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Shaun of the Dead, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Hot Entries

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Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Films Case Study | Shaun of the Dead

Synopsis

The Winchester, a typical London pub. Shaun (Simon Pegg), his girlfriend Liz (kate Ashfield), her two friends David (Dylan Moran) and Diane (Lucy David) are in the pub. Shaun’s best friend, the foul mouthed (and minded) overweight layabout, Ed (Nick Frost) plays the slot machines. Shaun is getting a hard time from this girlfriend; she wants to spend more time with him, be more exciting and do more than sit in The Winchester with Ed. She wants him “to live a little”.

The next morning, Shaun wakes...

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Atonement Case Study »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 03, 2011

Categories: A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Atonement, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Costume Drama, Heritage, Period Drama, Romance, War, Hot Entries

Overview

  • Director – Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice): experience of big budgets, high production values and of the genre Costume Melodrama. Novel written by Ian McKewan (critically successful author)
  • Genre Costume Melodrama – critically and commercially successful (‘safe’ genre). Arguably Atonement is a hybrid genre – Romance/War Film (built sets, contextual background). Gosford Park, Room with a View
  • Produced and Distributed by Working Title (UK) and Universal Studios (US) – BFI category 3 (UK/US collaboration). Reflects ‘patterns’ relating to British film...
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