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Chav

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Insult for young person whose clothes, language and behaviour shows their low social class

Mia = chav

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Demonisation

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Representing something as evil

Many demonise lower class; council estates, etc.

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Social class

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Division of society based on social/economic status

Class divide heavily emphasised:

Mia's family = underclass (unemployed)
Connor = lower middle class

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Dependency Culture

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Lifestyle characterised by dependency on state benefits

Mia's family = unemployed

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Society

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People living together in relatively ordered community

2 societies within main society - council estate/housing estate

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Binary Oppositions

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Pair of related terms that are opposites

Natural vs Industrial: Mia trapped in council estate. Connor takes her to river, nature.

Grey area - horse tethered on industrial estate

Feminine vs Tomboy: Mia challenges stereotypes (androgynous costume, swears, drinks) Keeley/Joanne = feminine, clashes with her

Grey area - what is feminine? Mia puts on her mum's makeup, told to take her hair down

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Verisimilitude

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How close media text comes to reality

Fish Tank = lots of verisimilitude, meant to mirror reality

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Open ended narrative

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Narrative without resolution

Fish Tank = open-ended narrative - leave in car

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Feminism

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Advocacy of women's right for equality of the sexes

Fish Tank = feminist film - young woman trying to find her place in the world

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Feminine

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Having qualities typical of women - delicacy, kindness, etc.

Mia is not very feminine, her mother, Joanne, is

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Tomboy

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Girl who enjoys 'rough' activities associated with boys

Mia = tomboy; rough around the edges, yet likes dancing (feminine)

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Stereotypical

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Relating to widely held oversimplified idea of a type of thing

Joanne = stereotypically feminine (makeup, etc.)

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Counter Typical

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Acting against stereotype

Mia acts counter typically of teenage girl - violent/swearing

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Broken Britain

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Term used by Conservative party and press to describe social decay in the U.K

Mia's actions/home environment = example of Broken Britain

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The Male Gaze

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Way media texts objectify women through camera taking perspective of straight man whilst viewing them

Female characters in film subjected to male gaze at some point

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Awards won

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BAFTA - Best British Film

BIFA - Best Director

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CONTEXTS
New Labour

Main policies

Government 1997-2010 (Tony Blair, Gordon Brown)
Optimistic after Thatcher -> more caring society

Tried appealing to middle/upper class
Attempted to join socialism & capitalism - emphasis on social justice

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CONTEXTS
Why people lost trust in New Labour?

During New Labour: Iraq war, financial crisis, 9/11, 7/7, 2007 floods

Blair called puppet of American government

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CONTEXTS
Name 5 (supposedly interlinked) issues 'Broken Britain' describes

Failing social services -> child neglect (Baby P, Shannon Matthews)
Binge/underage drinking
Teenage pregnancy
VIP paedophilia scandals
Poor education system

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What did David Cameron blame 2011 England riots on?

"Moral collapse"

Irresponsibility
Selfishness
Behaving like actions have no consequences
Fatherless children
Schools without discipline
Reward without effort
Unpunished crimes
Rights without responsibilities

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CONTEXTS
Baby P case

Broken Britain

1 year old Peter Connelly died North London, 2007. Opportunities save him from child abuse not taken

Social responsibility: doctors & social services

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CONTEXTS
Shannon Matthews

Broken Britain

9 year old Shannon Matthews kidnapped by mother, kept drugged under bed in mother's boyfriend's uncle's house - meant -> 'found' by uncle, cash in on reward money

Large family dependent on benefits: desperate for money, social services failed them

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CONTEXTS
Expenses scandal

Broken Britain

Expenses = own money you needed to spend for your job

Expenses claims = get that money back

MPs put in ridiculous claims - taxpayer money spent on prostitutes and duck houses

Government can't be trusted

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CONTEXTS
2011 UK riots

Broken Britain

6th-11th August - innocent man shot dead by police

Riots against government -> police vs people

Spread across country - people vs government (though many just wanted to loot)

Working class against government

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CONTEXTS
Name 2 pieces of evidence that support Broken Britain

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Sworn at, has to stay in room whilst mum parties, "what do you think this is, a cafe?" - neglectful mother, no father (Broken family)

Connor uses Mia for sex, Mia abuses Kiera - no repercussions for actions

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CONTEXTS
Production contexts

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Premiered Cannes Film Festival

Funded by Limelight Fund, BBC Films and UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund

Shot on location, chronological order: gave Katie Jarvis (Mia) day's worth of script at time -> make sense to her

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IDEOLOGY
How Mia moves up/down Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs?

Start: Mia = bottom of hierarchy - food, clothes, bed, not much else

Spends film trying to reach second level: tries getting job, building relationships with others

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NARRATIVE
Syd Field's 3 Act Model

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Act 1: Beginning of film -> Connor uses Mia

Act 2: Mia and Connor have 'sex'

Act 3: Mia runs away to Wales

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NARRATIVE
Vogler's Hero Model

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Ordinary World: Mia trying -> dancer, escape her underclass beginnings

Meets someone/given something: Meets Billy (gives her support) & Connor (support, camera for audition)

New world: After sex scene, v.annoyed, goes after his daughter

Greatest ordeal: Audition - strip club, leaves, makes own path

Returns enlightened: Leaves with Billy, open-ended

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NARRATIVE
Todorov's Equilibrium Model

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Equilibrium: Mia living with neglectful/abusive mother & little sister

Disruption: Connor (as a whole)

New Equilibrium: Mia takes charge & runs away