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

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 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: The Street (2009)

  • The Street - Sexuality Clip

The OCR G322 clip will normally be not more than 3-4 years old. This particular 2009 clip, however, remains useful in terms of exam practice in relation to this area of representation.

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

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

The opening scene in this tv drama represents a stereotypically male workplace environment where audiences may not immediately expect to see themes of male homosexuality explored. The director deliberately constructs a series of representations through sound and mise-en-scene that, using Levi-Strauss’ theory of binary oppositions, would be in conflict with the next scene, shot entirely in a gay bar. In a building site hut we see exaggerated male stereotypes including hard hats, a gruff foreman paying wages in cash to the builders with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and men with tattoos talking in working class northern accents. The camera pans from right to left to reveal the two central characters and the foreman framed in medium close up.

As the other builders walk out of frame two men are left in two shot with diegetic dialogue and facial...


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