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Identity and Film

  1. 1. “ identity is complicated. everyone thinks they’ve got one.” Media and Collective Identity A2 Media Studies Gauntlett, 2007
  2. 2. What you need to know… <ul><li>How media that are in public circulation now represent groups of people in different ways. </li></ul><ul><li>How these representations can be seen as different to historical representations of the same groups. </li></ul><ul><li>The effects in society of particular kinds of media representation of collective identities. </li></ul><ul><li>Ways in which people might use the media actively to form a collective identity. </li></ul><ul><li>Debates around the idea that are identities are increasingly constructed by, or through, or in response to the media. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Discuss… </li></ul><ul><li>Constructing a digital identity </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>How do you feel when you see a teacher out shopping? </li></ul><ul><li>… Professional identity </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ Every memorable achievement to come out of UK cinema since the war has come out of someone’s desire to say something, not to sell it.” </li></ul><ul><li>Roddick, 1999. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ The choices for British producers are: make low budget British films targeted at mainstream British audiences, hoping that the peculiarly British’ subject matter will attract overseas audiences who will see the films as ‘unusual’. A low-budget film could cover costs by careful sale of rights in the UK and Europe. Anything earned in the US is then a bonus. Or make low-budget films for a ‘niche’ arthouse audience in the UK and abroad. Or look for partners in Europe and/or America and aim more clearly for an international audience.” </li></ul><ul><li>Stafford, 2002. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Burden of Representation <ul><li>= the way that the history of social realist British film can weigh on the shoulders of new film-makers and producers. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Realism? </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity? </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it avoid the real questions of racism in the UK? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it genuinely discuss gender and identity? </li></ul>
  9. 9. British Social Realism <ul><li>UK has a long history of fiction – spanning, theatre, literature, TV and film – that attempts to portray issues facing ordinary people in their social situations. </li></ul><ul><li>What films can you think of..? </li></ul><ul><li>Handout </li></ul><ul><li>Notes on ‘This is England’ and ‘London to Brighton’. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Question <ul><li>Media and Collective Identity </li></ul><ul><li>6 Discuss the contemporary representation of a nation, region or social group in the media, using specific textual examples from at least two media to support your answer. [50] </li></ul><ul><li>7 How far does the representation of a particular social group change over time ? Refer to at least two media in your answer. (50) </li></ul>

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