Social Political Study – Living with Crime

This study allows for an exploration of films in which characters are caught up in crime or are living within a culture of crime. While allowing for a study of UK crime films from a genre perspective, the principal focus should be on social and political issues raised by the films. In some cases the narrative may concern characters being drawn in to crime or trapped in a crime culture or trying to resist crime.

Films may include

Sweet Sixteen

Bullet Boy

London to Brighton

Get Carter

Brighton Rock, 1947

Brighton Rock, 2010

The Long Good Friday

Documentary on The Long Good Friday

Stormy Monday

Cal

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The Krays

Croupier

Questions that may be raised include ones relating to gender, race and class. The candidate must show a detailed knowledge of a minimum of two films.

Section B: Topic Study: Living With Crime: With Reference to the Long Good Friday, Get Carter, London to Brighton and others.   Past Paper Questions
1. How important is narrative structure in communicating the theme of ‘living with crime’ in the films you have studied for this topic? [40]

2. How far are criminal characters represented as victims of their circumstances in the films you have studied for this topic? [40]

3. What are some of the ways in which ‘living with crime’ is explored through the narratives of the films you have studied for this topic? [40]

4. How far are the circumstances and choices available to key characters in the films you have studied for this topic related to their social class?

5. How far do the films you have studied for this topic depend on genre conventions to tell their stories? [40]

6. How are different groups of people represented in the films you have studied for this topic? [40]

7. How far do the films you have studied for this topic use suspense in order to capture the feeling of ‘living with crime’? [40]

8. How are criminals represented in the films you have studied for this topic? [40]

9. “Some of the most interesting ‘Living with Crime’ films are not simply genre films.” How far do you agree with this statement? [40]

10. How far is conflict between individuals and groups an important element in the films you have studied for this topic? [40]

11. How far do the narratives of your chosen films dramatise the problems facing the key characters? [40]

12. How are authority figures represented in the films you have studied for this topic. [40]

13. How far do the endings of the films you have studied for this topic confirm their messages and values? [40]

14. In what ways do characters represent important messages and values in the films you have studied for this topic?[40]

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