Theorist Vladimir Propp, looked at thecharacters in stories (fairy/folk takes inparticular) and stated there were eight basiccharacters in traditional narrative that we canagain transpose to film. According to Propp,the characters are: the hero, the false hero,the villain, the donor, the princess, the father,the helper and the dispatcher. I have selecteda character from two British Realism films thatI think would be each of Propps charactersaccording to his theory. I chose to look at FishTank and Bullet Boy.
Bullet Boy: Fish Tank: RICKY MIAThe main character The main character tryingtrying to seek a new to seek a new life through beginning dancing
Fish Tank: CONNORMia’s mom’s boyfriend who tricks Mia into loving him
Bullet Boy: Fish Tank: THE RIVAL MIA’S MOM GANG Mia’s mom causes many The rival gang who cause problems throughout the film problems throughout the and is constantly havingfilm for Ricky, even death of arguments with her loved ones
Fish Tank: Bullet Boy: BILLY RICKY’S MOMHe is Mia’s friend who He tries to guideshe eventually travels Ricky to a better life with
Bullet Boy: Fish Tank: RICKY’S MIA She is the damsel GIRFRIEND throughout the film whoThe damsel for Ricky who gets mislead and mis- becomes the victim of understood Ricky’s trouble
Both films don’t have this figure in their films suggesting most British Social Realism film do not include this character for a reason.