Rita, Sue and Bob Too, 1986, Alan Clarke,Film Four/British Screen Productions, UKWatch the opening sequence. What does this tellus about the setting?Sex scene up on the moors Look at the bullet points below. Explain how each of these ideasare explored in the scene.o Lovelesso A brief escape for the girlso Confused ideas about a partner/lover/patriarch (a male provider)Sueo Homework used by her brothers to make notes on horseracingo Mother can’t afford money for cookery classo No respect for authority: teacherso Bunks off schoolRitao Does not want to finish school: defeated, let down, failed, no reason tocontinueo Pregnant, moves in with Bob, miscarriage/loses the babyo Wants a patriarchal (male centred) home life which she perceives asbeing normalScene analysis“not much to do”: Walking home from school with Rita Using the information above and the extract, explain how issuesrelating to Thatcher’s Britain are exploredBobo (to Sue) “I know your Dad. He’s done a few jobs for me.”o Greedy: wife and affair with two girlso Sex mado Had affair before with previous babysittero Blames wife. Manipulates her through guilto Liar: “owners have gone to Spain” (to Rita about showhouse)
o Trying to escape the trapping of suburban lifeMichelle (Bob’s Wife)o Does not want Bob to leave hero Frustrates Bobo ‘Prim and proper’, stuck up, traditional conservative?-flawedo Sterilised (cannot have any more children)o Poor sex life with Bob – no fun?Scene analysisMichelle finds condom in Bob pocket; argument; conversation with Rita andSue in Bedroom Using the above information on Bob and his Wife, and thescene, discuss what themes are being explored here.Consider why Michelle is so forgiving of Bob. How doesBob defend himself?Scene analysis“cow pat” scene:Rita, Sue and Bob appear similar; childish; private isolationfrom the rest of the world; they want to escape? Bob cannot get an erection-guilt? Using the scene above, explain what ideas are explored. Whatsimilarities are there between Rita, Sue and Bob? Outside nightclub Rita is greeted by Aslam – is this a moreappropriate relationship? Why?Scene analysis“Better than Match of the Day…”: Empowered women; contrasting socialenvironments; Michelle defends Bob up until the end: a fear of him leavingher/failing in her role; ultimately she leaves him: a new woman? What does this scene tell us about the changing role of women in1980’s Britain? Use micro elements such as mise-en-scene anddialogue to explain this.
SuburbiaNosey neighbours, sterile, lifeless, birds singing, pristine, racist, immaculategardens These are some words that might be used to explain howsuburbia is represented in this film. Why do you think directorAlan Clarke did this?Racial divideAslamNaïve. Dim-witted. Jealous. Violent.Sue’s fatherDrunk. Racist.Aslam’s sister only speaks Urdu- Aslam translates for SueIn cinema, Sue watches a Bollywood movie. It is alien to her.Scene analysis1On hilltop with Aslam: Innocent? Normal?‘I’ve never been out with a Pakibefore.’2. Aslam goes to Sue’s house Why do you think that such scenes are included? Are theyoffensive? What do they tell us about race and ethnicity in 1980’sBritain?
End sceneBob’s houseo Messy. No matriarch. (Bob to Rita: “what about my tea?”)o Teenagers in the house-Bob’s loverso Alsam pleading outside for Sue to come back to himo Jealousy, rage, blame, no futureScene analysisBob at home: it is a mess. He looks dejected.Rita and Sue wait upstairs in Bed under a Union Jack bed cover. Both partiessubmit to this- no hope. No future. Short term solution. No regard for the longterm. Sum up the ideology of the film make and, using bullet points,identify the key themes explored in the filmJustin Hobay (BFI) suggests that‘The film uses the differing domestic locations to highlight the growing gapbetween Thatchers home-owning nouveau riche and those left behind in sinkestates, victims of the poverty trap.’He goes on to say that[director] Clarke treats the alcoholism, racism and domestic violence thatprovide a backdrop to Rita and Sues world in typically matter-of-fact fashionwhile subtle observations of modern life - like Bobs nosey neighbour whocalls the police because he sees an Asian boy in his affluent neighbourhood -are deftly comic. Using examples from the film, explain what he means in these twopoints