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Question 2: How does your media product represent particular social groups? In some thrillers such as ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ Eve is not important and is shown as the stereotypical domestic wife, very feminine and delicate, in the opening to our thriller, we wanted to challenge this stereotype by making our female character homeless, and have an androgynous attire, in order to push the boundaries, and challenge the stereotypes of the homeless being male, and instead show that they can also
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  Question 2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?In some thrillers such as ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ Eve is not important and is shown as thestereotypical domestic wife, very feminine and delicate, in the opening to our thriller, we wanted tochallenge this stereotype by making our female character homeless, and have an androgynous attire, inorder to push the boundaries, and challenge the stereotypes of the homeless being male, and instead showthat they can also be females, who are independent and head strong. Our representation of women, andsituation of our character is similar to that of Lisbeth Salander, because our character is a homeless girl, she isan easy prey to predatory males. Our representation of homeless young people is sympathetic, as we areexposing the vulnerability of the female character. Our thriller also challenges social groups due to the fact itis about homeless people- who are somewhat omniscient within the media, which reflects on society in awhole.In ‘Invisible   Lives’ we have chosen to use a contemporary representation of females, in thrillers such as ‘Psycho’ , ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Jackie   Brown’ in which the women are portrayed asindependent and unique. By using a female victim within the opening to our thriller we reinforce apatriarchal society where males are dominant and women are often victims of violence, it explores thevulnerability of women who are homeless and sell ‘ the big issue ’ in order to provide for themselves.Our male character that we have used in the opening of our thriller ‘the   stalker’ reinforces the typicalstereotypes of a man, strong, and masculine, such as ‘Jason   Loche’ from ‘Essex   Boys’. . By using the suit, ourintention was for the audience to notice he was higher class, and therefore challenging the stereotypes of social groups. The higher classes are usually represented to be intellectual, successful and not associated withcrimes or drug abuse, things that homeless people are associated to be involved with. By making our stalkerupper class, he is unsuspected by others, and therefore we have used dramatic irony within the opening toour thriller, due to the fact the audience are the only ones that can see what is happening. The opening of our thriller is a representing a vulnerable young person living in David Cameron’s Britain. A wide range of noir films such as Touch of Evil (1958), The Woman in the Window (1944) and Double Indemnity (1944) as well as manyother film noirs reflected the aftereffect of tension and an insecure Britain of the war and the period thereafter.Paranoia, despair and fear are only some of the qualities that are evident in film noirs; this reflected the post war period. ‘www.filmsite.org/filmnoir’ states that the ‘Very often, a  film noir  story was developed around a cynical,hard- hearted, disillusioned male character’, although we have not used a promiscuous female character, our thriller film is still based on a cynical male character. Film noirs were also a ‘metaphoric symptom of society’s evils, with a strong undercurrent of moral conflict,purposelessness and sense of injustice’ according to  www.filmsite.org. The moods communicated in noir films are similar to the way we have represented the current time period of instabilityin our film. The pessimistic mood of suspicion, anxiety and misogyny reflect the plight of young people in austerityBritain, where people at suffering from the economic crisis are losing benefits due to the welfare cuts being made andthus are being pushed out onto the streets. Therefore our film can be linked with ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’  which represents a mood of paranoia in contemporary Sweden. Our film is a metaphor for the hopelessness and lack of control young people in contemporary Britain feel about the future, it also represents contemporary Britain as bleak andcontemptuous of young people, in particular the women who are trying to better themselves by selling The Big Issue.   
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