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How did New Labour ideology affect British filmmaking during the ’90s and naughties?

The term ‘New Labour’ was first coined in 1994 by Tony Blair in a Labour Party Conference. It was aimed to “appeal to all social classes, but above all it tried to capture new, young, white-collar middle class voters from Thatcher.” (Goldsmith, 2020) They felt that after the period of Thatcherism as a society weContinue reading “How did New Labour ideology affect British filmmaking during the ’90s and naughties?”

The Devil’s Backbone: More Fantasy than Fact?

Guillermo Del Toro’s 2001 The Devils Backbone takes place in 1939, the final year of the Spanish civil war and follows Carlos, a 12 year old boy, left at an orphanage after his republican father’s death in the ongoing war against the fascists. We soon find out that the orphanage is haunted by the ghostContinue reading “The Devil’s Backbone: More Fantasy than Fact?”


“The innovative use of montage in film by the Soviet film-makers had its roots in art forms such as painting, literature and music from pre-revolutionary Russia” (Joyce, 2003, p. 394). It largely uses the Kuleshov’s findings in the “Mozzhuhkin experiment” (also known as the Kuleshov effect) to create an objective element to film which allowsContinue reading “IS SOKUROV REJECTING SOVIET FILM/HISTORY?”

Was A Taste of Honey a typical film of the British New Wave?

Was A Taste of Honey a typical film of the British New Wave? The British New Wave was a series of films released between 1959-1963 which depicted a realistic and raw view of working-class life and the issues they faced. A Taste of Honey is a multi-award-winning film which finds itself being considered a partContinue reading “Was A Taste of Honey a typical film of the British New Wave?”

New German Cinema: focused on Germany?

Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987) is at its simplest level, a film set in Berlin where immortal angels coexist alongside humans, passively watching and comforting those who are distressed. However, through his use of the visuals in the film and more importantly his use of colour and lack of, Wender is able to communicateContinue reading “New German Cinema: focused on Germany?”

La Haine: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: For Everyone?

The tricolour motto states an ideal that everyone should experience three things: Equality, fraternity and Liberty and these themes can be seen throughout Mathieu Kassovitz’s 1995 film La Haine. The symbolism of the stolen police pistol in the scene in which the group encounter the skinheads ( shows how the themes of the tricolour areContinue reading “La Haine: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: For Everyone?”