British Values

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  • British Values
    • Working Title
      • Founded in 1984 with intention of making films with strong British identity.
      • 1985 - earned early critical success with comedy 'My Beautiful Launderette'.
        • Different from later Working Title films due to strong political message.
      • 1984-1992 the company was run by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe.
        • In 1992, Radclyffe left and replaced by Eric Fellner.
      • 1994 the company had huge box office success with Four Weddings and a Funeral
        • Established brand
      • Went on to produce other comedies such as Bridget Jones' Diary.
    • Self Deprecation
      • FW
        • Scene where best man Charles forgets to bring the wedding rings.
        • Close up shot shows novelty ring he is forced to use as a substitute.
        • Again playing a joke about how Charles can't remember such a crucial thing about a wedding.
          • Still makes do with what he's got, much like Ed and Shaun and reinforces the idea that the British are inadequate.
      • SD
        • Shaun and Ed try to attack a zombie with a variety of household items.
        • Close up shot shows all their useless weapons in washing basket.
        • Shows self deprecation as scene is intended as a joke towards *** British people would be inadequate in a zombie apocalypse.
    • Diffidence
      • FW
        • Charles tries to express his feelings for Carrie at a wedding but Hamish, Carrie's future fiance, interupts
        • Medium shot shows diffidence as Charles is too shy and lacking in confidence to challenge Hamish.
          • Looses out on Carrie due to more confident men
      • SD
        • Shaun is bullied by his younger co-workers even though he is in charge
          • Reluctant to to convey his authority
        • In a medium shot, Shaun cringes as he is mocked by his younger employee.
        • Shaun is too afraid to stand up for himself and is desperately afraid of confrontation, like every British person.
    • Stoicism
      • SD
        • Shaun makes a series of plans for how to survive the apocalypse with every plan ending up in the pub with the words 'wait for it to all blow over'.
        • Medium shot from fantasy sequence shows Shaun enjoying a pint with other characters.
          • Shows stoicism a Shaun wants to keep calm and carry on, basically ignoring the apocalypse
        • Pretending it's it's not happening as it's less hasstle.
      • FW
        • Fiona confesses love her feelings for Charles but he doesn't feel the same way.
        • Medium shot showing Fiona as clam after she's just confessed her unrequited love and Charles tries to console her.
        • Shows her stoicism as even though her heart was just broken, she doesn't let Charles see she's hurt.
          • Instead she bottles it up as nothing can be changed about the situation.
    • Emotional  Repression
      • SD
        • Shaun's step father, Philip visits him in work and they share an awkward conversation, showing two men clearly dislike each other.
        • Medium shot shows Philip glaring at Shaun, perfectly conveying emotional repression.
          • Neither man ever talks about  how they feel and keep their replies short and blunt .
        • Tolerant of each other but never honest about it.
      • FW
        • Charles has very awkward lunch with Carrie as she wants to talk about past sexual relationships.
        • Over shoulder shot captures Charles cringing as Carrie talks about past sexual encounters while he squirms and becomes uncomfortable.
        • Plays on the old British stereotypes where Brits are too shy and awkward talking about sex as its too rude and then become repressed about it.
    • Politeness and Good Etiquette
      • SD
        • Shaun and Ed hit a zombie with their car as they try and escape but Shaun insists they reverse so he can apologise.
        • Long shot shows Shaun leaning out of window with worried look on his face.
          • Shows politeness because Shaun can't even run to save his life as it would be rude not to apologise.
      • FW
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