The Significance of Certain Features in my Film

There are certain features that I have included in my film that have the important meanings which, by explaining them here, will hopefully enhance an understanding of the story.

Music...

 

There are two significant pieces of music in my film. The first is a melody played by my brother on the guitar (artist unknown). The second, which was being played whilst my mum, my brother and I were cooking in the kitchen in the final scene, is 'Talking About a Revolution' by Tracy Chapman. This artist is significant within our family, we play her music often and it reminds us all of happy times.

 

"...finally the tables are starting to turn, talkin' bout a revolution...".

These particular lyrics of this song are also very poignant and relevant to the theme of my film, which I interpret in this context as about positive change and healing. Press the video below to hear the song in full.

"Talkin' Bout A Revolution"
 

Don't you know
They're talkin' 'bout a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don't you know
They're talkin' about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don't you know
Talkin' 'bout a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what's theirs

Don't you know
You better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said you better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run

'Cause finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin' bout a revolution
Yes, finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin' bout a revolution, oh no
Talkin' bout a revolution, oh

While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Photographs

 

The string of photographs that marks the beginning of my film (and is the background video on my homepage) was given to me as a gift by my brother this Christmas gone. This was part of the inspiration that sparked my idea for the film. Close-up images of this photograph string recur throughout my film to aid the narrative.

My Painting

 

The painting that appears in the film is a portrait of myself as part of a school project ('Emotive Portraits) when I was 16. This was a difficult period of time for me, due to a relationship break up and it not being long since the death of my beloved nan. Further to this, my relationship with my brother reached an all-time low for reasons that are too sensitive to publish on here. I buried myself in my artwork and found that it was an expression and release of my grief, anger, and sadness at the time. This painting was part of a series of others but is the most poignant for me as it originates from a photograph that I took of myself whilst crying. Painting this was really difficult but it reflects the pain I felt at the tme

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