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In this activity you will read a range of film reviews, examine the way they are put together and what it is that distinguishes them from other forms of writing. Having identified the essential components and possible styles of a film review, you will write your own film review based on your viewing and class study of a feature film.

1 Exploring the form


Title/censor’s rating

Critical reputation established

Plot outline

Evaluation of performances

Discussion of camerawork/setting etc

Establishment of style/genre etc

Summing up - final opinion/recommendation

Conventions/language features

  • Actors’ names in parentheses after the characters’ names
  • Specialised vocabulary
  • Present tense
  • Italicised title
  • Concrete detail or description
  • Surname only
  • Literary allusion

Draft and develop a review

 Develop your final draft to publication standard.

To meet the standard your final copy will need to:

           adopt a point of view or approach which clearly articulates your opinion and evaluation of the film

           signal that point of view in your title

           begin with the details of credits

           include some plot synopsis which overviews key aspects

           select the ideas that to you seem central in the film and give detailed insights into aspects of the film that contribute to its meaning

           refer to some of the following as you develop your ideas

           effects of direction


           interpretation of roles

           relationships between characters

           narrative techniques

           character relationships

           film techniques/cinematography

           setting/location (physical; emotional; psychological; geographical; social)

           use some of the conventions you identified in earlier tasks in order to develop an appropriate review style.

           order your material in a logical sequence, perhaps following the order of these bullet points

           be technically accurate in terms of spelling, punctuation and syntax so that the review could be published in a class or school newspaper or magazine with a few minor alterations.





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