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How does Submarine represent British youths?

The youths in this film are neither living in council estates with a bad up bringing and parents on benefits nor upper class university going young people that have all the latest fashions and attend multiple parties. Oliver Tate played in the film by Craig Roberts is a boy living in Swansea in the 1980’s. The film is based around his coming of age and his relationship with Jordanna and his parents.

If you are going to have film that uses simple art house shots where there are no fancy camera angles or special effects such as in Submarine then you need to have the most interesting person in the shot. The person NEEDN’T be arteficially pretty they need to have interesting features. ELDERLY PEOPLE tend to make a shot interesting if they have wethered faces with wrinkles and glasses. There are characters in submarine who are interesting enough to make up for the simple shot angles. Such as the main character, Oliver Tate, he has a very pale face and dark features, he reminds me of a vampire however this may well be from him player a wannabe vampire in the cbbc childrens series Young Dracula. But he does have dark circles under his eyes and wears black long coats.

Oliver Tate has an unusual relationship with his parents. He and his Mum live in two very different worlds, they try to engage in conversation however it always seems to lead to Oliver making an awkward comment and his mum leaving.

“My mother is worried I have mental problems. I found a book about teenage paranoid delusions during a routine search of my parents’ bedroom.”

Oliver keeps a close eye on his parents sex life. He doesn’f find the fact that he does this at all wierd. Him and his father i feel have a special connection, they both have woman problems and can share a look that transltaes to a whole conversation.

This shot wouldn’t be half as interesting if the people in it were boring to look at, they are wearing statement colours and have pale faces and dark hair. The shot is a mid shot with no angle and the background is simply grass and trees.

 When making the music video for our coursework we need to choose people to be in it that are interesting and quirky as this will make the shot more exciting menaing we won’t need to spend as much time trying to use origional and extravagant angles.


Jordanna and Oliver do engage in arsen and both seem to get a slight thrill from flames and are often shown having romantc times in front of a fire they have made in a skip. However they aren’t really shown as thugs and we never see an elderly person looking at them in disgust and they mean no harm to anyone just like making fires. There ins’t too much to do in Swansea highlighting the lack of activities for young people in some areas of Britain, not that Jordanna and Oliver are the type of people that would go to activities.

Visit this website and watch the interview with the director and author submarine.

Oliver Tate seems to be slightly naieve when it comes to him interviening with his parents rocky relationship, he devisises little plans and situations to try and help the situation. In an interview with the dircetor he describes Oliver as being a “slightly puffed up, self important young man who has got the perception of the world quite wrong” which is shown through scenes such as a fake love letter that is meant to be from his father to his mother but is quite obviosly done by Oliver. LETTERS seems to be involved quite a lot in Olivers life which is surprising due to his extensive vocabulary and long complex sentences used as vioce overs.

Jordanna is shown as a tough girl who detestes anything romantic or sloppy however we see her being just as emotional and vunerable as any other 15 year old girl when she speaks about her mothers cancer. She finds it hard to even tell Oliver about the problems in her family life which shows the secrecy and lack of communication experienced by children this age. It is quite clear that Jordanna wouldn’t let anyone else know about her mother especially not the school which today seem to want to help so much with problems in the personal life of it’s pupils. Jordanna feels she has no one to talk to until she meets Oliver.

Both Jordanna and Oliver try hard to keep their love lives and family lives as far apart as possible proving the distance some children feel towards their parents.

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