British Social Realism
What is BSR
Social realism in films is a portrayal of British
culture and is representative of real life, with
all its dif...
Social Realism, also known as Socio-Realism, is
an artistic movement, expressed in the visual
and other realist arts, whic...
Usually a social realism film deals with issues like
drugs, sex, poverty, prostitution,
homosexuality, alcoholism and crim...
British Social Realism films use non-professional
or unknown actors as it adds to the realistic
theme. Also, many Social R...
Codes and conventions
CHARACTERS:
Social Realist films have working class heroes
often overcoming their situation and not
...
CAMERA:
A raw use of camera movement – lots of
handheld, POV and tracking shots to get the
spectator in the action with th...
EDITING:
Cross cutting to link different characters
storylines
Continuity to aid realism
Slower pace to reflect real life
...
locations
The locations of a social realism film are
usually set around a council estate or run
down areas of different ci...
MISE EN SCENE:
Production Design: Poverty stricken locations,
city, urban, built up areas, estates and tower
blocks which ...
THEMES/PLOT:
Wanting a better life and trying to achieve it
Main protagonist will better themselves or
try to
Focus is on ...
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  1. 1. British Social Realism
  2. 2. What is BSR Social realism in films is a portrayal of British culture and is representative of real life, with all its difficulties. The stories and people portrayed are everyday characters, usually from working class backgrounds. Typically, films within the social realist canon are gritty, urban dramas about the struggle to survive the daily grind.
  3. 3. Social Realism, also known as Socio-Realism, is an artistic movement, expressed in the visual and other realist arts, which depicts social and racial injustice, economic hardship, through unvarnished pictures of life's struggles; often depicting working class activities as heroic.
  4. 4. Usually a social realism film deals with issues like drugs, sex, poverty, prostitution, homosexuality, alcoholism and crime. Social realism films usually involve political views and religious views. Wider social issues explored via emotional and dramatic individual stories
  5. 5. British Social Realism films use non-professional or unknown actors as it adds to the realistic theme. Also, many Social Realism films cannot afford popular, Hollywood actors to be in their films as the budget is usually relatively low.
  6. 6. Codes and conventions CHARACTERS: Social Realist films have working class heroes often overcoming their situation and not doing just what is expected of them
  7. 7. CAMERA: A raw use of camera movement – lots of handheld, POV and tracking shots to get the spectator in the action with the characters Many close ups to connote emotions
  8. 8. EDITING: Cross cutting to link different characters storylines Continuity to aid realism Slower pace to reflect real life Simple cuts to aid realism – no effects
  9. 9. locations The locations of a social realism film are usually set around a council estate or run down areas of different cities, but can be nice neighbourhood
  10. 10. MISE EN SCENE: Production Design: Poverty stricken locations, city, urban, built up areas, estates and tower blocks which we associate with crime Lighting: Dim natural lighting connoting daily life and all its misery Costume: Cheap, hoodies, streetwear, casual (unemployed/truanting) Space: Built up areas, busy, gangs, lots of children in one family, one parent families
  11. 11. THEMES/PLOT: Wanting a better life and trying to achieve it Main protagonist will better themselves or try to Focus is on young protagonist and their future
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