Elizabeth II - TheElizabeth II - The
Diplomat QueenDiplomat Queen
Documentary AnalysisDocumentary Analysis
Type of DocumentaryType of Documentary
• It is a mixed documentary containing aIt is a mixed documentary containing a
voice over (narrator), archived footage andvoice over (narrator), archived footage and
Royal FamilyRoyal Family
Significance of powerSignificance of power
Queen Elizabeth IIQueen Elizabeth II
Representation in the mediaRepresentation in the media
Narrative StructureNarrative Structure
Single stranded- as there is one mainSingle stranded- as there is one main
storyline about Queenstoryline about Queen Elizabeth IIElizabeth II’s reign.’s reign.
Closed Narrative Structure- as theClosed Narrative Structure- as the
audience is left with the outcome with noaudience is left with the outcome with no
Non-Linear- as the order of narration isNon-Linear- as the order of narration is
told in not told in order.told in not told in order.
Camera WorkCamera Work
The framing of theThe framing of the
interviews are made up ofinterviews are made up of
mostly close ups andmostly close ups and
medium close ups andmedium close ups and
conventionally positionedconventionally positioned
on either the left or righton either the left or right
side of the shot.side of the shot.
In some scenes a handIn some scenes a hand
held camera is used toheld camera is used to
make the audience feelmake the audience feel
as though they areas though they are
actually watching what isactually watching what is
Camera WorkCamera Work
Tracking shots andTracking shots and
zooms are used tozooms are used to
emphasise the queen’semphasise the queen’s
An establishing shot isAn establishing shot is
used to highlight a keyused to highlight a key
point in the queen’s reign.point in the queen’s reign.
A low angle shot is usedA low angle shot is used
which is used towhich is used to
represent the queen’srepresent the queen’s
power and wealth.power and wealth.
The use of bright, goldenThe use of bright, golden
looking lighting highlightslooking lighting highlights
the queen’s wealth andthe queen’s wealth and
emphasises a positiveemphasises a positive
view upon her status.view upon her status.
The use of formal settingsThe use of formal settings
used in the background ofused in the background of
interviews give theinterviews give the
documentary a seriousdocumentary a serious
feeling to show, reflectingfeeling to show, reflecting
her work and power.her work and power.
The interviewees areThe interviewees are
dressed formally todressed formally to
highlight the highhighlight the high
values of the queenvalues of the queen
and situation.and situation.
Archive footage isArchive footage is
used as a visual aidused as a visual aid
for the voice over.for the voice over.
The narrators voice is a standard femaleThe narrators voice is a standard female
English accent that was also used to relate andEnglish accent that was also used to relate and
reflect the age and gender of the audience.reflect the age and gender of the audience.
Soft, classical background music is used toSoft, classical background music is used to
represent the stereotypical views of the royalrepresent the stereotypical views of the royal
family, who are known for their classic imagefamily, who are known for their classic image
and emphasises the importance of the events.and emphasises the importance of the events.
Diegetic sound of people cheering connotes theDiegetic sound of people cheering connotes the
queen’s popularity.queen’s popularity.
Montage editing ofMontage editing of
video game andvideo game and
movie highlight themovie highlight the
wide spread franchisewide spread franchise
and cuts show theand cuts show the
fast pace of whichfast pace of which
may represent themay represent the
queen’s busy life.queen’s busy life.
Slow motion is usedSlow motion is used
to emphasiseto emphasise
significant moments.significant moments.
Archive FootageArchive Footage
News footage/ VisitsNews footage/ Visits
Images of the royalImages of the royal
Media imagesMedia images
The white standard font,The white standard font,
possibly used to standpossibly used to stand
out, told the audienceout, told the audience
who was speaking andwho was speaking and
their relation to the topictheir relation to the topic
and events.and events.
The same font alsoThe same font also
provides documentationprovides documentation
to the whereabouts of theto the whereabouts of the
footage being shown.footage being shown.