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What is British Social Realism
Social realism in films is a portrayal of British
culture and is representative of real lif...
Definition
Social Realism, also known as Socio-Realism, is
an artistic movement, expressed in the visual
and other realist...
Challenging issues
Usually a social realism film deals with issues like drugs,
sex, poverty, prostitution,
homosexuality, ...
Actors
British Social Realism films use non-professional
or unknown actors as it enhances the realistic
theme. Also, many ...
Codes and conventions
CHARACTERS:
Social Realist films have working class heroes
often overcoming their situation and not ...
CAMERA:
A raw use of camera movement – lots of
handheld, POV and tracking shots to get the
spectator in the action with
th...
THEMES/PLOT:
Wanting a better life and trying to achieve it
Main protagonist will better themselves or
try to focus is on ...
LIGHTING:
Dim natural lighting connoting daily life and
all its misery
Costume: Cheap, hoodies, streetwear, casual
(unempl...
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  1. 1. What is British Social Realism Social realism in films is a portrayal of British culture and is representative of real life, with all its difficulties. The stories and people portrayed are everyday characters, usually from working class backgrounds. Typically, films within the social realist canon are gritty, urban dramas about the struggle to survive the daily grind. The films also aim to challenge much of cultural issues within society
  2. 2. Definition Social Realism, also known as Socio-Realism, is an artistic movement, expressed in the visual and other realist arts, which depicts social and racial injustice, economic hardship, through unvarnished pictures of life's struggles; often depicting working class activities as heroic.
  3. 3. Challenging issues Usually a social realism film deals with issues like drugs, sex, poverty, prostitution, homosexuality, alcoholism and crime. Social realism films usually involve political views and religious views. Wider social issues social issues are explored via emotional and dramatic individual stories.
  4. 4. Actors British Social Realism films use non-professional or unknown actors as it enhances the realistic theme. Also, many Social Realism films cannot afford popular, Hollywood actors to be in their films as the budget is usually relatively low.
  5. 5. Codes and conventions CHARACTERS: Social Realist films have working class heroes often overcoming their situation and not doing just what is expected of them LOCATIONS: The locations of a social realism film are usually set around a council estate or run down areas of different cities, but can be a nice neighbourhood
  6. 6. CAMERA: A raw use of camera movement – lots of handheld, POV and tracking shots to get the spectator in the action with the characters. Many close ups to connote emotions EDITING: Cross cutting to link different characters storylines Continuity to aid realism Slower pace to reflect real life Simple cuts to aid realism – no effects
  7. 7. THEMES/PLOT: Wanting a better life and trying to achieve it Main protagonist will better themselves or try to focus is on young protagonist and their future MISE EN SCENE: Production Design: Poverty stricken locations, city, urban, built up areas, estates and tower blocks which we associate with crime
  8. 8. LIGHTING: Dim natural lighting connoting daily life and all its misery Costume: Cheap, hoodies, streetwear, casual (unemployed/truanting)

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