Film Essay Plan: Gender/Characters
Year 12
INTRODUCTION
 Refer to the question and discuss gender representation in horro...
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  1. 1. Film Essay Plan: Gender/Characters Year 12 INTRODUCTION  Refer to the question and discuss gender representation in horror generally.  Discuss differences between British and American horror.  Mention the key texts - including director and year.  Dominant ideology with specific regard to gender representation. DRACULA  Established classic British Horror. Produced in the 1950s.  Gothic Horror which has strong sexual undercurrents.  Men are strong patriarchal figures – both the antagonist and protagonist.  Arthur and Harker as weaker men – reject supernatural/narrow-minded.  Women are punished for their impurity and sexuality.  Women have to be killed to restore normality. THE DESCENT  Goes against dominant ideology and general horror conventions (particularly American examples). Lack of male characters. All characters are strong females.  Strongest characters are however the more 'masculine' ones.  Women seen as non-stereotypical characters. They are more rounded and have interests other than just men or shopping. Not 'bitchy' stereotypes.  They fight back. Not waiting for somebody else to help them or save them. They are resourceful.  Ultimately however they all die. Does this affect their representation?  Sarah as maternal – 3 births into the monster and becomes the final girl.  British film characteristics: Pessimistic resolution, character drama, contained location, small scale, low budget, British creative team, British actors, British iconography - absent. 28 DAYS LATER  Selena as the dominant woman regresses into the damsel in distress  Reversal of Jim and Selena after they become the family unit (collective) with Hannah Frank.  Selena becomes the mother figure to Hannah when Frank dies.  Jim becomes primitive (4 births). First kill of the boy – defends himself. Why a child?  Exploring empty London - childlike  Jim at first rejects masculinity (physically and mentally) but steps up to the role of father/protector when Frank dies.  Soldiers/Monsters CONCLUSION  Refer to the question. Gender rep is different in all texts.  Personal response/engagement.  Speak about the genre and also refer to British and American film.  Sum up

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