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Analyse the representations of multicultural Britain in "East is East" and "Bend it like Beckham".

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Analyse the representations of multicultural Britain in "East is East" and "Bend it like Beckham" Culture is the religion and traditions that a person is brought up believing in. Social issues are things such as: class, age, gender representations and sexuality-both films are constructed so the audience will be enlightened by the issues raised, in both films. The issues created cause the messages and values. The two films that I am going to interpret are "East is East" and "Bend it like Beckham" These are media constructs with messages and values that we have to look for such as the social and cultural issues raised. Although both Asian families cope with living in a multi-cultural Britain, my opinion is that the family in "Bend it like Beckham" integrated to Britain far better than the family in "East is East." This is because of the era they were set in. "Bend it like Beckham" is different from "East is East" mainly as "East is East" is set in 1970's and "Bend it like Beckham" is set in 2001. In both films they have traditions, there are more in "East is East" such as, boys being circumcised, men being in charge of the household " I know what is best for you all. ...read more.


Being part of a multi-cultural Britain the Kahn children in "East is East" have to lie to please their parents. Salem studies Art at college but he tells his dad that he is studying an engineering course. All the children in both films have issues with their parents about marriages. In "East is East" George (father) wants two of the boys to have arranged marriages, unfortunately neither of them want it/The youngest boy Sajid is already concerned about having an arranged marriage "not old enough to get married so don't ask." In "Bend it like Beckham" it differs Jess" parents don't find who she marries but he must be Asian and of the same religion. Also in this film Jess has to lie to go to Germany with the football team because her parents think Western differences will influence her. A difference between the two films are in "East is East" the children have to worship this maybe as it was set in 1971 whereas in "Bend it like Beckham" we don't see them worship this maybe as it's a more modem film. There are many representations of women both Asian and White. A representation of women as a whole is to be more feminine. ...read more.


The music in "Bend it like Beckham" is quite upbeat, to aid the pace of the game of football. The song when Jess is playing football has the lyric "she's a lady" this is ironic, as football is associated with men, but it's the women that are playing. Besides this, in "East is East" the music is more old fashioned at the beginning there island music when the parade is occurring, then there is folk music. However as the film unravels the music becomes more contemporary, the end song is titled "Moving" by Supergrass this maybe conveying that George and the Kahn family are moving forward with their style of living. In conclusion to my essay, I have realised the aim of "Bend it like Beckham" and "East is East" is to provoke the audiences reaction and cause empathy to occur, they do this by conveying the problems Asian families endure when living in a multi-cultural Britain. However "East is East" is a blacker portrayal set in 1971 it shows the struggle Asian families went through such as racism from white people and the pressure from their own heritage and culture to keep their Asian traditions alive. Whereas in "Bend it like Beckham" it is a lighter more positive representation of multi-cultural Britain this may be as it is more to the present day. ...read more.

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