Representation in ‘About a Girl’‘About a Girl’ is a short film on YouTube which follows the story of a young girl. Thestor...
SituationShe has a broken family, which could represent the way that she has so many problemsin her life, and no one to re...
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Representation in ' About a Girl'

  1. 1. Representation in ‘About a Girl’‘About a Girl’ is a short film on YouTube which follows the story of a young girl. Thestory is mainly told through the representation of her as a person through hersurroundings, her age, class, gender, situation and technical elements all are veryimportant in telling the story.AgeFrom the film we can tell that the girl is a young teen, mainly indicated by the littleamount of makeup that she is wearing. We know that she is sexually active, and has adesire to be a ‘grown up’ indicated in many ways for example her large hoop earringswhich can be a signifier for nightlife. Also the way that the young girl cravesindependence shows her desire to be an adult. She has young parents who appear to bein their 30’s so she is unlikely to be any older than around 15.ClassThe girl’s class is represented in many ways throughout the film, the main one beingthe urban area that she lives in, which appears to be very high in unemployment. Herparents appear to struggle with money and have financial difficulties, which isrepresented through the scratch card, and reflects their desperate situation. Although incontrast they appear to be able to afford alcohol and cigarettes. The girl’s accent tells usthat she is northern, and she uses slang and swearing regularly throughout, which leadsus to blame her parents for her upbringing.GenderThe girl can be seen to have a bad relationship with her dad, who appears to enjoy malecompany more than female due to the way he is represented as always being down thepub or playing football with his male friends. The mum is shown to play very little partin the girl’s life, which could represent that as being a woman from this area, she is seenas being insignificant. The girl is regularly seen singing to Britney which couldrepresent the way that she has ambitions and hopes, yet she is struggling to reach these,Britney can be seen as a woman who has achieved her dreams.George Piggott
  2. 2. SituationShe has a broken family, which could represent the way that she has so many problemsin her life, and no one to really turn to and talk to, which explains why she hid herpregnancy from her mother. The way the family are represented as poor shows how shehas little hope in life.Technical ElementsThe story is told like a video diary which represents the way that we are being told herstory. There are cuts to the reality of her life which show how she is trying to create amake her story seems more positive. The lighting is very natural which adds a sense ofrealism.George Piggott

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