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Genre and Representation
The exam formula (how to approach your exam answer)“To what extent are your chosen texts typicalof their genre?” 2011 Exam...
1.The narrative themes of;Aliens and humans coexistingNew technologies and their consequencesTransformation/body horror (P...
Sci-Fi Genre ConventionsNeil Blomkamp’s “District 9” pays homage to the genre and specifically to DavidCroenberg’s “The Fl...
1.The use of on screen graphic to introducecharacters/contributors2. Camera time codes3. Acknowledgement of the camera4. T...
RepresentationEthnicity and Gender
The films contextApartheidThe city in question is the directors hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa. Thefilm was made a...
If District 9 really does hate Nigerians, it clearly hates its powerful, white characterseven more. Objecting to Nigerians...
District 9, A Post Modern Film?Typical features include a deliberate mixing of different artisticstyles and media, the sel...
District 9, A Post Modern Film?Typical features include a deliberate mixing of different artisticstyles and media, the sel...
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  1. 1. Genre and Representation
  2. 2. The exam formula (how to approach your exam answer)“To what extent are your chosen texts typicalof their genre?” 2011 ExamStage one – Identify your 3 texts and their genres in aintroductionStage two – For each text demonstrate an understanding ofthe genre conventions that apply. (Choose 3 genreconventions)Stage three – For each individual genre convention chosen,ensure you give an example of a scene reference.High grade students can link theory and contextual information to justifygenre
  3. 3. 1.The narrative themes of;Aliens and humans coexistingNew technologies and their consequencesTransformation/body horror (Postmodernist – paying homage)2. The use of advanced scientific eventswithin a fictional narrative to propose anddiscuss a real moral debate3. Traditional iconography (the visualimages and symbols used in a work of art)Sci-Fi Genre Conventions
  4. 4. Sci-Fi Genre ConventionsNeil Blomkamp’s “District 9” pays homage to the genre and specifically to DavidCroenberg’s “The Fly” a previous Sci-Fi, via a intertextaul reference. This gratifiesthe preferred audiences viewing needs.
  5. 5. 1.The use of on screen graphic to introducecharacters/contributors2. Camera time codes3. Acknowledgement of the camera4. The use of interviews/vox popsDocumentary style GenreConventions
  6. 6. RepresentationEthnicity and Gender
  7. 7. The films contextApartheidThe city in question is the directors hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa. Thefilm was made after apartheid was abolished in South Africa. This overt satireeffectively encourages the audience to ask questions the movie is uninterested inanswering.It’s been 33 years since South Africa’s Soweto riots stirred the world’s disgust withthat country’s regime where legal segregation kept blacks “apart” and in “hoods”(thus, Apartheid) The text discusses these issues but via Aliens and Humans.RaceA row broke out over the films representation of Nigerians as gang members,weapons dealers, cannibalistic, voodoo using prostitutes. A back lash from blogscomplained the film would reinforce negative stereotypes of the country. AFacebook group, District 9 hates Nigerians, was also hastily created, and is urgingpeople to sign a petition demanding an apology from the film-makers.
  8. 8. If District 9 really does hate Nigerians, it clearly hates its powerful, white characterseven more. Objecting to Nigerians being portrayed as morally bankrupt criminalsseems pointless when almost every group of characters in the film have little or noregard for the law and a predominately negative representation.The company in charge of shipping the aliens away from humans, MNU, and manyof the white politicians giving the orders are invariably ignorant, double-crossing,ironically inhumane and corrupt. The soldiers are again white, with characteristics ofbeing easily mind-controlled thugs, using violence, threats and tricking aliens intosigning dubious eviction notices. Scientists are white and carry out underhandexperiments on captured "Prawns"; Even the representation of the aliens is negative,they arm themselves with illegal weapons and brawl in the streets.Blomkamp makes it clear the Nigerians are no better or worse than their white (oralien) counterparts, creating an unsettling sort of equality among the characters.And while the film may occasionally play on clumsy racial stereotypes, it alsoencourages us to challenge them. All are represented in a negative nature when inpower.Blomkamp passes the baton back to us as viewers to question how our own beliefsshape our opinion of representation and racism. Are we defensive when in aminority? Are we unaware when in a majority? However right or wrong or cynicallyyou view Blomkamp’s views, what is undoubtedly true and maybe a little ironic is itis he who has the opportunity to present them and it is he who is a white middle agemale.
  9. 9. District 9, A Post Modern Film?Typical features include a deliberate mixing of different artisticstyles and media, the self-conscious use of earlier styles andconventions,Hybrid genreSatire/Parody (why should it not be entertaining for a film todiscuss heavy political and spectatorship issues?)Dilution and mixture of genreHomageThe postmodern author deliberately undercuts the smoothsurface of his narrative and by somehow standing back andcommenting on the action prevents the reader from losingthemself in the story.
  10. 10. District 9, A Post Modern Film?Typical features include a deliberate mixing of different artisticstyles and media, the self-conscious use of earlier styles andconventions,Hybrid genreSatire/Parody (why should it not be entertaining for a film todiscuss heavy political and spectatorship issues?)Dilution and mixture of genreHomageThe postmodern author deliberately undercuts the smoothsurface of his narrative and by somehow standing back andcommenting on the action prevents the reader from losingthemself in the story.
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