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British films made since 1990 do not merely cater for audience’s tastes but have moulded them. Debate/discuss this statement with reference to at least 2 films (Human Traffic and Trainspotting) you have studied.

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Lanre Bakare British films made since 1990 do not merely cater for audience's tastes but have moulded them. Debate/discuss this statement with reference to at least 2 films (Human Traffic and Trainspotting) you have studied. Human Traffic and Trainspotting are two British films, which were and still are highly stylised, highly hyped and highly recommended by critics and audiences alike. Both films were produced by British production company's fruit salad and film four respectively with young exciting directors and writers Justin Kerrigan, Danny Boyle, John Hodge and Irvine Welsh respectively. The films are based in major British cities Cardiff and Edinburgh and perhaps more importantly both films deal with the lifestyle and effects of the use of different drugs heroin and ecstasy. The idea of drug use as a major factor in a film confronted cinemagoers and critics head on. Indeed the topic of drug use in British films and television was only briefly thought about with the BBC producing the 'half hearted' series Loved up where taking any drug appeared to imply that you: '...Take an E and descend into a grimy world of greasy cafes, shouty parents and existential gloom where a bottle of water was your only friend.' Drug use was condemned in the media and in any television program it featured on, with the campaign that followed the Lisa Betts tragedy and an episode of Coronation Street where Tracey Barlow went to hospital as a result of 'poppin' an E. ...read more.

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Some of this is justified with the example of MOFF's ideas that Star Wars is about intergalactic Smack dealers closely resembling dialogue in Tranatino films. However this is out of context as MOFF is on drugs at the time and could be seen to be simply talking 'cod shit to strangers' as JIP would say and emphasising the reality of drug use. Both films follow a group of people on their own individual journeys through drug use. The first point of comparison has to be the different relationships the two groups have. In Human Traffic the group is a tightly knit group who enjoy each other's company, however in Trainspotting the group of 'so called' friends spend most of their time wondering why they actually hang around with each other. This is related to the different drugs, in Trainspotting the characters all have their own affairs with heroin and each character has to donate most if not all of their time too providing money to keep their highly volatile relationship alive. In Human Traffic the characters use ecstasy as apposed to ecstasy using them, they all 'choose life' for 5 days a week but for 2 nights they delve into another way of life and one that to be honest seems fun, indeed the only draw backs seems to be paranoia and a shrivelled penis! ...read more.

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In this sense KOOP is a dealer who is much more dangerous than MOFF who sells cannabis, KOOP actively tries to 'get the kids hooked' as JIP says while MOFF deals 'party prescriptions' to pay his way through the weekend. Another connection too the two films come in the form of an institution. In Human Traffic KOOP's insane father is kept in an institution and is a victim of 'Life', he choose life decided to have a wife but she died and caused KOOP's dad to go mad. Renton would use that as a prime example of the harm choosing life can have, and indeed Renton and his friends take full advantage preying on unsuspecting victims of the system and stealing their drugs. All these comparisons between the films help to highlight a key fact: both films question an audience, Trainspotting shows an extreme alternative to 'choosing life' while Human Traffic offers an escapist route exploring drugs for a weekend. Both films make the statement that life itself is boring with a regimented set of rules to follow and obey, both also offer another way drugs. In the case of Trainspotting heroin itself engulfs a user and ruins their life, while in Human Traffic a user has complete control and ecstasy is a catalyst to enhance their weekends quality. This implies drug use is a good thing as long as you use the right one. ...read more.

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