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Published on February 1, 2014

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SOCIAL REALISM • Problems with defining realism • An oppositional form of expression • Pursuit of the real (the truth) • Refers to content, concerns and style of a film

SOCIAL REALIST FILMS • “ Social realism has always been a somewhat marginal, sometimes oppositional mode of expression that has relied – to varying degrees – on its otherness from more mainstream film products as a distinguishing feature.” (Bromley, 2000: 233)

F E AT U R E S O F S O C I A L R E A L I S T F I L M S • Independent • Low Budget • Directed to art house/television/DVD market • Non professional actors

REALIST TEXTS (WILLIAMS, 1977) • Secular • Grounded in the contemporary • Social extension • Political Intent

F E AT U R E S O F S O C I A L R E A L I S T F I L M S • In British social realism - link between character and place • Place and identity • Exploration of contentious issues or moments of crisis

BRITISH FILM REALISM • Significance of landscapes • Shooting is a “place bound experience” (Aitken, 2007: 78) • Sites of working class struggle

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THE SELFISH GIANT

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GREGORY’S GIRL

CHILDREN IN SOCIAL REALIST FILMS • British Social Realist cinema & working class children • Concern with children? • Often children are the central protagonist

I S S U E S F O R A D U LT A U D I E N C E S • How can we identify with the child protagonists? • Is the film addressing us as adults/parents/potential parents - distance from the childhood depicted • Are working class parents being addressed? • Are middle class audiences reminded of their distance from the characters?

• “If nothing else, Barnard’s film will claim the world record for what we might call the expleted imperative: characters telling each other to ‘Fuck off you daft [cunt / twat / wanker / etc].’” • Corless, 2014

THE SELFISH GIANT & R E P R E S E N TAT I O N O F E D U C AT I O N

EXCLUSION • You’ve been excluded, permanently • He’s at school, he’s better off there • What yer doing sat here, get out n make some money • Yer a kid, I want better for yer

SCHOOL • Discipline • Bullying • Friendship • Medicalisation of Childhood

CHILDREN AS VICTIMS • “At worst, these young people are victims not just of their peers but of a system which cannot protect them” (Fisher, Harris and Jarvis, 2008: 106)

REFERENCES • Aitken, S.C (2007) ‘Poetic child realism: Scottish film and the construction of childhood’, Scottish Geographical Journal, 123(1): 68-86 • Bromley, R. (2000) ‘The theme that dare not speak its name: Class and recent British Film, in S. Munt (Ed) Cultural Studies and the Working Class, London: Cassell, Chapter 3, pp 51-68 • Corless, K. (2014) Cannes 2013: Three morality tales for our times, [online) Available at http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/comment/festivals/ cannes-2013-three-morality-tales-our-times [Accessed 30th January 2014] • Lay, S. (2002) British Social Realism: From documentary to Brit-grit, London: Wallflower • Lay, S. (2007) ‘Good intentions, high hopes and low budgets: Contemporary social realist film-making in Britain’, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 5 (3) • Williams, R. (1977) Marxism and Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press

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