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Representation
Gender and Ethnicity
in Love Actually and Four Lions
Men in Four Lions
Women in Four Lions
Questions
• What do we learn about men from Four Lions?
• What do we learn about women?
• What words would you use to desc...
Ethnicity in Four Lions
Your task
Make a positive/negative table for…
White British and Muslim British
Are there any blaring similarities or diffe...
Terrorism in Four Lions
• Fill in the Venn Diagram which details the
similarities and differences between…
Jihadists in Ma...
Ponder Point
Many commentators have focused on one scene
in the film – that in which Omar talks to his wife
and his son af...
Ponder Point
Does laughing at the idiocies of the ‘terrorists’
mean that young Muslims are being demeaned
or does it mean ...
Omar vs Barry
Ethnicity and Masculinity
Questions
• What is interesting about the ethnic
representation in Four Lions?
• What is the effect of these portrayals?
•...
Ponder Point
A lot of the comedy focuses on aspects of Islam
that most people in the UK don’t understand –
e.g. the promis...
Men in Love Actually
Women in Love Actually
Questions
• What representations of women and men are
shown in Love Actually?
• How are they represented?
• Why are they r...
White Brits in Love Actually
Other ethnicities in Love Actually
Questions
• What is the predominant ethnicity represented in
Love Actually?
• Describe how it is represented with examples...
Question
Ideologies are values/messages or beliefs that a
media-maker is trying to get across.
What are the dominant ideol...
Essay Question
Discuss how either gender OR ethnicity is
represented in both Four Lions and
Love Actually.
Representation - Love Actually and Four Lions
Representation - Love Actually and Four Lions
Representation - Love Actually and Four Lions
Representation - Love Actually and Four Lions
Representation - Love Actually and Four Lions
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  1. 1. Representation Gender and Ethnicity in Love Actually and Four Lions
  2. 2. Men in Four Lions
  3. 3. Women in Four Lions
  4. 4. Questions • What do we learn about men from Four Lions? • What do we learn about women? • What words would you use to describe the male and female representation used in Four Lions • Why do you think they are represented this way?
  5. 5. Ethnicity in Four Lions
  6. 6. Your task Make a positive/negative table for… White British and Muslim British Are there any blaring similarities or differences? Positive White British Negative White British Positive Muslim British Negative Muslim British
  7. 7. Terrorism in Four Lions • Fill in the Venn Diagram which details the similarities and differences between… Jihadists in Mainstream Media Vs. Jihadists in Four Lions
  8. 8. Ponder Point Many commentators have focused on one scene in the film – that in which Omar talks to his wife and his son after the accident with Faissal. Do you think that the scene is a ‘mistake’ by Morris or is it key to ‘humanising’ the characters? What does it make the audience think about?
  9. 9. Ponder Point Does laughing at the idiocies of the ‘terrorists’ mean that young Muslims are being demeaned or does it mean that they are being ‘normalised’ and made less ‘other’?
  10. 10. Omar vs Barry Ethnicity and Masculinity
  11. 11. Questions • What is interesting about the ethnic representation in Four Lions? • What is the effect of these portrayals? • Are they fair/unfair? • Does it challenge, or confirm stereotypes?
  12. 12. Ponder Point A lot of the comedy focuses on aspects of Islam that most people in the UK don’t understand – e.g. the promise of an afterlife for the suicide bombers. Whereas the stereotype circulated in much of the UK tabloid press attempts to oversimplify and present a monolithic religious culture.
  13. 13. Men in Love Actually
  14. 14. Women in Love Actually
  15. 15. Questions • What representations of women and men are shown in Love Actually? • How are they represented? • Why are they represented this way? • What effect does it have on the audience?
  16. 16. White Brits in Love Actually
  17. 17. Other ethnicities in Love Actually
  18. 18. Questions • What is the predominant ethnicity represented in Love Actually? • Describe how it is represented with examples • Are there any other ethnicities in the film? • Describe how they are portrayed also • What are the effects of such representations?
  19. 19. Question Ideologies are values/messages or beliefs that a media-maker is trying to get across. What are the dominant ideologies in Love Actually shown through representation? Recap Link
  20. 20. Essay Question Discuss how either gender OR ethnicity is represented in both Four Lions and Love Actually.

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