Social Realism

Au Hasard Balthazar. Dir. Robert Bresson. Cinema Ventures. 1966.

Au Hasard Balthazar. Dir. Robert Bresson. Cinema Ventures. 1966. 150 150 Max Smith

Au Hasard Balthazar (dir. Robert Bresson, 1966) juxtaposes the human treatment of animals with animal camaraderie between different species, emphasising a human/animal divide and how we think of animals as one…

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Kes. Dir. Ken Loach. Woodfall Films. 1969.

Kes. Dir. Ken Loach. Woodfall Films. 1969. 150 150 Max Smith

Kes (dir. Ken Loach, 1969) depicts working class Billy using his kestrel training as a means of escaping the grim reality of life in the industrial north, while the juxtaposition of…

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Kes. Dir. Ken Loach. Tony Garnett. 1969.

Kes. Dir. Ken Loach. Tony Garnett. 1969. 150 150 Lukas Maier

Ken Loach (dir.) “Kes” 1969 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (Fig 1: Promotional Poster for the film) Since the dawn of man Birds, or more precisely, the notion of flight, has fascinated…

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Wasp. Dir. Andrea Arnold. None. 2003.

Wasp. Dir. Andrea Arnold. None. 2003. 150 150 Emma Long

Andrea Arnold’s realism focuses itself around the lower rungs of the British socioeconomic hierarchy, where the housing estates are run down, children roam the streets instead of the school ground,…

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. Dir. Roy Andersson. Curzon Film World. 2015.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. Dir. Roy Andersson. Curzon Film World. 2015. 150 150 Bradley Savage

A man dies whilst trying to open a bottle of wine. Shots of aquavit are handed out in a bar in exchange for kisses. A young couple lie together on…

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The Grand Seduction. Dir. Don McKellar. Entertainment One. 2014.

The Grand Seduction. Dir. Don McKellar. Entertainment One. 2014. 150 150 Matthew Pleszkewycz

Don McKellar’s 2013 film The Grand Seduction, delves into the lives of those living in the small fishing town of Tickle Head, Newfoundland. The film follows the life of Murray French,…

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The Plague Dogs. Dir. Martin Rosen. United Artists Corporation. 1982.

The Plague Dogs. Dir. Martin Rosen. United Artists Corporation. 1982. 150 150 Loredana Loy

The Plague Dogs – Revival of a Masterpiece* By Loredana Loy Based on the book with the same title by Richard Adams, The Plague Dogs (1982) is a one of a kind movie. Snitter and…

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Werckmeister Harmonies. Dir. Béla Tarr. Artificial Eye. 2000.

Werckmeister Harmonies. Dir. Béla Tarr. Artificial Eye. 2000. 150 150 Dan Williams

Béla Tarr’s Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), based on László Krasznahorkai’s 1989 novel The Melancholy of Resistance, sees the arrival of an enormous taxidermy whale in a small Hungarian town. Local postman…

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Brokeback Mountain. Dir. Ang Lee. Focus Features. 2005.

Brokeback Mountain. Dir. Ang Lee. Focus Features. 2005. 150 150 Anna Fraser

Brokeback Mountain Based on a short story by Annie Proulx published in the New Yorker in 1997, Brokeback Mountain (dir. 2005 Ang lee) opens in 1963 with the meeting of…

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The Selfish Giant. Dir. Clio Barnard. IFC Films. 2013.

The Selfish Giant. Dir. Clio Barnard. IFC Films. 2013. 150 150 Lucy Amos

Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant[1] (2013)follows the story of thirteen year old best friends Arbor and Swifty in a modern adaption of Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name. Once they are…

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