Setting. “Billy Elliot” Film Study. Setting. Time:When? Place:Where? Atmosphere/Context: What?. Signifiers. A signifier is any item that signals (reflects) time, place or even character. Lots of Signifiers = Mise en Scène.
A signifier is any item that signals (reflects) time, place or even character.
E.g. The kitchen in the opening scene. What do these details tell us about the people who live there?
Items are instantly noticed without being outstanding. Items signify that this is a male-run house, not too well off, working class. Small, crowded, functional, dated.
The Mining Pit
Red brick terraced houses
Paramilitary riot police
Mostly poor. Only village green is the cemetery which is dominated by the mining pit in the background. Terrace house are connected – no garden, limited privacy. Police presence is pervasive. Anger, alcohol and boxing = hard male-dominated community.
Narrow red-brick terrace house
Billy sharing room with Tony.
Nana lives in the front room
Piano is in this room
Poor working class family all living in cramped conditions.
No luxuries. (i.e. no TV)
Were once comfortable (piano)
Size of the mine in background of cemetery.
Colour (or lack of it) used when filming mine.
Tall wire fences
Puddles of water on ground
Everington Village comprises of vast areas of grey, damp and dreary slag heaps and machiney.
Cages (symbol of imprisonment) take the men underground (hell?)
Great chimneys loom over the town.
Tall wire fences, locked gates add to the idea of prison/containment/cages
Puddles of water suggest the retaliation of riot police against angry strikers.
2. ROTATING AROUND TABLES
3. THE QUESTIONS YOU START ON IS THE ONE YOUR GROUP BECOMES “THE EXPERT” ON!
= YOUR GROUP MUST TEACH THIS TOPIC TO THE REST OF THE CLASS … … WHO WILL TAKE NOTES!
1.Whereis the movie set? How do you
2.When is it set? How do you know?
3.Who are the main socio-economic group shown? How do you know?
Everington, a mining village in Country Durham, North East England.
It is an small community under extreme threat – the threat of the end of mining which will be the disintegration of their community.
How do we know?
During the miners’ strikes in 1984-1985.
How do we know?
Coal miners – Normally not padly paid – Billy’s mother has a piano, jewellery (which is later pawned)
The strike has meant no wages coming in and this has hit the family hard.
How do we know this?
She is distinctly middle class.
How do you know?
The mood is lively, exhilarated, bouncy and amusing.
How is this mood created?