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Social Realism


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Social Realism

  1. 1. British Social Realism<br />Social realism in films 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. <br />
  2. 2. Social Realism- Mood board<br />
  3. 3. Kitchen sink realism<br />Kitchen sink realism (or kitchen sink drama) is a term coined to describe a British cultural movement which developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Theatre ,Art, Novels, Film and Television , whose &apos;heroes&apos; usually could be described as ‘Angry young men’. It used a style of Social realism  which often depicted the domestic situations of Working class Britons living in rented accommodation and spending their off-hours in grimy pubs to explore social issues and political controversies.<br />
  4. 4. Kitchen sink realism<br />The films, plays and novels using this style are often set in poorer industrial areas in the North of England, and use the rough-hewn speaking accents and slang heard in those regions. The film ‘It always rains on Sunday’ (1947) is a precursor of the genre, and the John Osborne play, ‘Look back in Anger’(1956) is thought of as the first of the idiom.Look Back in Anger, for example, is set in a cramped one-room flat in the Midlands. The conventions of the genre have continued into the 2000s, with TV shows such as Eastenders and Shameless.<br />
  5. 5. Origins of Kitchen sink realism<br />In the UK, the term &quot;kitchen sink&quot; derived from an expressionist painting by John Bratby, which contained an image of a kitchen sink. The critic David Sylvester wrote an article in 1954 about trends in recent English art, calling his article &quot;The Kitchen Sink&quot; in reference to Bratby&apos;s picture. Sylvester argued that there was a new interest among young painters in domestic scenes, with stress on the banality of life.<br />
  6. 6. Origins of Kitchen sink realism<br />Bratby painted several kitchen subjects, often turning practical utensils such as sieves and spoons into semi-abstract shapes. He also painted bathrooms, and made three paintings of toilets. Other artists associated with the &quot;kitchen sink&quot; style include Derrick Greaves, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith . The term was then applied to a then-emerging style of drama, which favoured a more realistic representation of working class life.<br />Kitchen sink realism gave birth to social realism, in which real life was presented to the audience. This genre of film showed real life situations and realistic characters.<br />
  7. 7. Survey<br />This survey was created by Vivienne. The survey contains a range of questions that will help us pinpoint or primary target audience.<br />
  8. 8. Survey results<br />These are the results of our survey, for both genders. This data can help us pinpoint our target audience and tailor our film to their preferences.<br />
  9. 9. Abdul- played by Vivek<br />Abdul is a young confident Muslim. His parents are trying to find a young woman for him to have an arranged marriage. The story will portray his struggle of being a homosexual which do not coincide with his religion. In fact it is a sin. <br />
  10. 10. Maya- played by Bianca<br />Maya is a 16 year old girl, who is being brought up on a council estate by her single mum. Maya became pregnant four months ago by her ex boyfriend. The story will show her struggle through teenage pregnancy. <br />
  11. 11. Dudley- played by Daniel <br />Dudley, played by Daniel is facing terrible family problems. His father is an alcoholic who, when drunk, takes his angry feelings out on Dudley’s mother. During the film, Dudley is struggling to cope with school and family life, having to pretend that every thing is ok, when secretly knowing that all is not ok behind the closed doors of his home. <br />
  12. 12. Maurice – played by Maurice <br />Maurice is a new pupil to the school, and is nearing the end of his first term. At Maurice’s previous school, he was very badly bullied by a gang due to his long term illness, schizophrenia. Maurice is very paranoid about meeting new people and interacting with teachers. He hears voices and sees things that are not really there. Due to his illness, Maurice thinks other students are bullying him, and he is reacting weirdly towards them. Due to his illness, he is finding it hard to make new friends <br />