• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the presentation of the two female lead characters in the 1997 film My Best Friends Wedding, directed by P J Hogan.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss the presentation of the two female lead characters in the 1997 film My Best Friend's Wedding, directed by P J Hogan. The film industry has grown a lot since its early days in the beginning of the 20th century. Films started in black and white, and with no sound. Gradually as the film industry developed sound was introduced and so was colour. Televisions were also invented which enabled us to watch films, not only at the cinema, but also now in our own homes. Films are expensive to make and so need to be popular to make money as well. There needs to be a balance between spending on production and marketing and distribution. The film makers also need to make sure that they appeal to the paying public so that the film can be successful. One way of appealing to the public and drawing people in is with the actors and actresses the film makers' use. ...read more.

Middle

The director is in some ways like an author. This film, My Best Friend's Wedding, is in the romantic comedy genre. Each genre has its own conventions and the genre creates expectations for the audience on what the film will be like and what it will be likely to include. In this genre of romantic comedy there will be certain expectations set by the genre that will have to be fulfilled. Normally there is a love story, humour, kisses, weddings, embraces, twists and turns and a happy ending. As the 20th century progressed women gradually claimed better education, more opportunities in the workplace, more independence legally, financially and socially. Gender roles were switching and this was not always seen as a good thing. In this film we see the many differences between the two main women. One of the main differences his how feminine Kimmy is and how masculine Julianne is. ...read more.

Conclusion

This again suggests what Michael thinks of Julianne. Other things can also show their differences, like what they do and say. Throughout the film Julianne tries to break up Kimmy and Michael and this makes her come across as malicious and nasty. The director wants her to seem this way as he wants Kimmy to seem sweet and innocent, although we do sometimes think that Kimmy has a nasty side to her when she says some things. An example is when she's describing her cousins, who are the bridesmaids, as 'vengeful sluts.' This makes her seem like she's not very nice, just for a short time. The first scene in the film really helps to illustrate the presentation of Julianne. In this scene we see lots going on and the atmosphere is generally very chaotic and jumpy. We are made to feel this way by many different things. First of all there are a lot of inter cutting close ups. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. great expectations

    The man is Abel Magwitch, an escaped convict. He is physically very terrifying, dressed in "old rags", with "a great iron on his leg". This tells Pip that the man is a convict and we can see that Pip is shocked and scared.

  2. Great expectations

    During Victorian England, mortality rates were extremely high. This may have been because of the fact that there were many diseases going around at that point in time. Another reason as to why there may have been high mortality rates could have been because conventional medicine was not there at

  1. great expectations

    Magwitch sounds as though he's hurt and looks like he's travelled a fair distance. He speaks very bluntly and aggressively towards Pip as though he doesn't want to be there very long and has to dash off somewhere. When Dickens describes Magwitch he starts off as saying how fearful and scary he looks.

  2. Give a detailed analysis of the film 'The Sandman'

    When the little boy looks out of the large, oak door we see one of a young child's worst fears...darkness. To add an effect of urgency the director uses a montage, cutting from the boy, to the mother, to the door.

  1. Great Expectations

    Pip had not seen his parents since he was born, as both of them had been deceased when Pip had been very small; however he was brought up by his only living relative; his sister. "My sister - Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith."

  2. CSI: How the Programme Makers make it popular and entertaining

    In the episode I watched there were a number of locations and settings that helped deliver the mood of the scene. The street at the start of the episode, for example, is dark and quiet. With the street being portrayed in this way it almost tells you that something bad is going to happen.

  1. Great Expectations

    Pip goes on to describe the scene and refers to himself in the 3rd person, he writes as though he is using his childhood memories and injecting more description into them. His description of the surrounding area seems very gloomy and sets the tone for the rest of the book

  2. Michelle and the Wedding

    She was at the perfect height between tall enough to talk to properly, but small enough to avoid an awkward posture. She was slim with an athletic body, and always wore clothes that seemed plain yet pretty. Her skirt was never too short, her shirt never too low, and the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work