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AQA NEA Advice Social Realism Film Posters

Emily Prentice | Monday November 18, 2019

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This is probably my favourite of all five NEAs for this 2019/2020 session.  The hilarity that ricocheted around the staff room when I brought this topic up prompted a non-stop series of potential school based scenarios; one or two of them were even printable.

“ Here y’ are lad. Why don’t you have a film where the main character is driven to depression by a never ending series of death by a thousand cuts while simultaneously feeling overwhelmed by an insane regime of non-stop, pointless assessments under the rationale of ongoing pre-Ofsted preparation? Call it Deep Dive Straight To Hell- Dev from Corrie would be sound as the main character; he’s really believable and in no way a massive ham”.

Jimi Harkishin – The British Pacino

Key Tip

What Is Social Realism?

Simple.  Real-life explorations of characters, situations and the minutiae of problems that come with the daily grind of life. Once you have established this understanding, make sure the representation of social realism is at the heart of everything they try and create. 

Engage In Industry Examples

Clearly this topic springs straight from the pupils’ study of I Daniel Blake.  If your pupils didn’t take the opportunity to watch IDB the first time round during the CSP prep, then now is definitely the time to do so for those considering this NEA. 

In addition, it might be a really useful exercise to get them to have a little look at films such as:

  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • Letter to Brezhnev
  • The Full Monty
  • Life is Sweet
  • Kes
  • A  Room for Romeo Brass

(With the appropriate caveats and permissions of course)

Shane Meadows - Genius

Discuss What Is Meant By Social Realism

As a concomitant to this, it would then be useful to begin to tease out what is meant by the idea of Social Realism.  I think this is where a lot of candidates will fall down in terms of them accurately grasping what the inspiration behind the task is.

The Three Kings Of Uk Social...


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