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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Ethnicity A Grade Exemplar

Rob Miller | Monday September 21, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A in the Answer Booklet provided. Rule a diagonal line through your notes when you are finished.

Answer the question below with detailed reference to specific examples from the extract only.

Extract: Bradford Riots (2012)

  • Representation of Ethnicity - Bradford Riots

1. Discuss the ways in which the extract constructs the representation of ethnicity using the following:

  • Camera shots, angle, movement and composition
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Mise-en-scene (50 marks)

An establishing shot shows what looks like a prison which then cuts to a bleak barren wide shot. Negative representations are immediately apparent with the camera then cutting to a hand held shot of a prison officer walking from long shot into close up to open a door. The non-diegetic music is disturbing and enigmatic while the scene is shot using low-key lighting with grainy resolution. The diegetic sound of the clanking of bars anchors the prison setting while a cell door is unlocked to reveal a wide shot of two prisoners. A young white working class prisoner is lying on the top bunk, which is symbolically within the narrative, while on the bottom bunk is a young Asian prisoner.

The white prisoner has confident body language and immediately responds to the authority of the white prison officer by jumping off his bunk while the Asian prisoner remains on his bed framed in long shot as vulnerable and isolated. Objects and props in the cell as part of the mise-en-scene reinforce the emotional binary opposition...

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