Social RealismTimeline Louis Eastwood
Start of Social Realism Realism began in the 1930’s with documentary films, and a prime example of this is with the ‘father of documentary’ John Grierson, who founded the British documentary movement and created classic films! (1934)- (1936)- ‘Night Mail’ Documentary, Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight ‘The song of Ceylon ‘ Documentary,
‘British New wave’ This film style represents real life subjects and stories in true form, with all bared and no roseate cover pulled over the top to make the subject seem less harsh than it is. The stories tend to be about people and their struggle to endure everyday life in down and out areas and working class society. (1959) (1960) ‘Look back in anger ‘(A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values. ‘Saturday night and Sunday morning’ A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.
Ken Loach and the political 80’s (1975) (1981) ‘Looks and Smiles’ A British film by Ken Loach- a disadvantaged young man tries to get by in Margaret Thatcher's England. Days of Hope is a BBC television drama serial produced in . The series dealt with the lives of a working-class family from the turmoils of the First World War in 1916 to the General Strike in 1926. It was written by Jim Allen, produced by Tony Garnett and directed by Ken Loach.
Today’s Social Realism Social realism today is mainly based on families in very rural areas, mainly who have become involved in drugs and violence (2005) (2007) Bullet Boy is a drama film directed by Saul Dibb, written by Saul Dibb and Catherine Johnson, and stars Ashley Walters. The film is about a family in crime ridden east London, the eldest son’s involvement in gun crime, and the effects of this on his younger brother. Sugarhouse is a British urban thriller movie, starring Steven Mackintosh, Ashley Walters, Andy Serkis and Adam Deacon. Tom (Steven Mackintosh), a middle class working employee, finds himself at rock bottom after he loses his job and his girlfriend in the same week