Group meeting. Callum,Joe,Tammy and Connor.

Tammy: Research a London gangster of the 1960’s and newspaper of the 60’s research. Send research to Callum for the powerpoint presentation.

  • What newspapers, font and graphic?
  • Any comic strip humour on gangsters?
  • Types of newspaper e.g.; The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

Callum: Research a London gangster of the 1960’s and background research. Develop a powerpoint to present for the group.

Joe: Research a London gangster of the 1960’s and research pop culture. Send the research to Callum for the powerpoint presentation.

Connor: N/A As he has been away.

60’s newspapers

Newspapers of the 60’s examples: The daily mirror being a specifically famous newspaper.

The Krays in the headlines.

The newspaper was one of the biggest implements of the news media as radios weren’t largely owned and the newspaper was available for everybody. Fonts of the main headline are bold to attract the attention of people as it can be easily read from a distance.

Comic strips of the 60s didn’t really contain any of the gangsters, probably because the publishers didn’t want to upset dangerous people such as these. These are some examples of 60s comic strips. I suspect the peanuts and blondie was popular at the time. Britain\London was more famous for comic strips like Beano.

(No Date) Available at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/newspapers/ (Accessed: 29 November 2016).

1960s newspapers (no date) Available at: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=1960s+newspapers&safe=strict&client=safari&rls=en&biw=1920&bih=996&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjFlvKF8s3QAhUHAsAKHc9SDc4Q_AUIBigB (Accessed: 29 November 2016).

Billy Hill Gangster Research.Research a gangster from the 60’s.

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William “Billy” Charles Hill (13 December 1911 – 1 January 1984) was an English criminal, linked to smuggling, protection rackets, and extreme violence. He was one of the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in London from the 1920s through to the 1960s. He project managed cash robberies and, in a clever scam, defrauded London’s High Society of millions at the card tables of John Aspinall’s Clermont Club- Wikipedia.

Billy Hill was a well known British gangster his ghosted autobiography, Boss of Britain’s Underworld, had already appeared, and he also liked to be known as the Bandit King. He was thrilled to be mentioned in the film and never tired of talking about it. Hill died in 1984 and the book is an epitaph, in a way, for an era when criminals actually courted the limelight.

The man himself was pretty vicious but with somewhat of a reason as i can tell from this quote from Billy Hill himself  when someone foolishly shoved a glass into his face: “It stuck there like a dart in a dartboard. I pulled the glass out of my face with one hand and my chiv out of my pocket with the other. Then I got to work doing a bit of hacking and carving. I don’t know how many blokes I cut that night. I didn’t care … “. As ruthless as they are gangsters are much adored by the modern public and are seen as satins angels if you will because we love making movies and writing into history they’re elaborate plans of deceit for government and there interesting look and actions upon life itself.

Some people might think gangsters like Billy Hill were soulless murderers but they in fact are quite noble in there own way so to speak as you can see from this other quote from Billy Hill “I was always careful to draw my knife down on the face, never across or upwards. Always down. So that if the knife slips you don’t cut an artery. After all, chivving is chivving, but cutting an artery is usually murder. Only mugs do murder.”

He was embedded with the community just like everyone else. The ways he did this was by allowing a director to quote him in the British comedy film called ‘Carlton-Browne of the F.O.’ in a scene were a member of the royal family is thrown out the pub and he quotes “I don’t care if your Billy Hill” and slams the door. He also liked to be well known as the ‘Bandit King’ amongst the public and news reporters around Britain.

Campbell, D. (2008) When crime grabbed the limelight. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2008/jul/30/biography.billyhill (Accessed: 21 November 2016).

Pre task 3 Pulp fiction and his genre.

Tarantino, as well as being an excellent film director, is much influenced by world cinema and shows this in all of his films. He takes iconic scenes from his favorite directors films and makes them his own in his preferably most famous films such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

During an interview he mentions how if you watch lots of films “you can’t help but make a great movie.” which certainly shows hes up his own butt (but who isn’t just a little) but also tells other viewers, for example people like us practicing in media, that even if you suck at media you still have a chance of being a great director.

These three screenshots are examples of iconic scenes Tarantino used from other films that influenced him.

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These are the main film directors Tarantino is influenced by in his work.

Pulp fiction pre task 1

In the bad review they summed up how the whole film itself is pointless and was a big mistake by Tarantino. It mentions it was overly popular and people must have felt forced to like it in-case they get hate for it. They state how the film all amounts to nothing and it is completely pointless however it does tell a small story. On the other hand i disagree with this because i believe the point is to tell the crossover story of all the characters as a way to entertain and fill an audiences need for action and exhilaration. The review also states how  Tarantino was ‘hiding nastiness with perverse laughter’ with racist jokes and the consistence of using racist language such as ‘nigga’. Personally I don’t think any audience took this to offense as this word\phrase is used in many other films and no one really takes it to offense as it is non direct and isn’t used to abuse the audience itself. In my personal opinion Tarantino did an excellent job and i am not swayed by the fact that it is popular, I just think he was a man with a plan and he pushed to get his ideas published so he is forever immortalized through film. The good review is mainly based on Tarantino’s dialogue for the film and explaining how it makes the film a piece of art. This contrasts with the bad review as it talks about how Tarantino’s small details make the film greater and the bad review does not pick up on this at all and just talks bad about whatever flaws it can pick up in the film and over exaggerates it out of its own personal hatred for the film itself.

Moore, S. (2014) Twenty years on, it’s time to admit that pulp fiction is a bad film. Available at: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/twenty-years-it-s-time-admit-pulp-fiction-bad-film (Accessed: 14 November 2016).

Pulp fiction movie review & film summary (1994) (2001) Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Roger Ebert .

Task 2 options of pulp fiction

Rosie Wilkinson.

My 19 year old sister. Watched Pulp Fiction a few years ago. Works in a pharmacy and is a student at east surrey college.

“From what i remember Pulp Fiction is a very interesting and fun film. I enjoyed it very much and it leaves much interest to the imagination with the suitcase labelled 666 and has a red glowing light.”

Alfie Dourof.

My 17 year old best friend. Go’s to Jayce (some sort of college).

” I haven’t seen Pulp Fiction but from what i know about it, it sounds very interesting and gripping. From the phrases I’ve heard like ‘i double dare you’ from Tammy i would guess it is pretty entertaining at times also.”

Emily Anson. Volunteers in a charity shop.

My dearest mother. Watched Pulp Fiction a few years ago.

“I really enjoyed Pulp Fiction, it was comedic, adventurous and pushed some boundaries of the film industry at the time. I loved what i saw and i actually need to watch it again.”

Vox pop.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-12-03-37Originally my vox pop was going to be based on random questions but i decided to set a topic so the audience wouldn’t get confused. I chose gaming as my topic because it is simple and even people that don’t play games have still attempted playing them.

My vox pop is quite short as i only asked 4 people questions and Dans audio,  couldn’t sync with the video so i scrapped it.

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Its safe to say I filmed some good footage and captured the natural enjoyment and feelings from my subjects to the topic I set. I feel this will make my vox pop more enjoyable to the audience as they know the audience were not force fed the answers.