Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin: representations of heroin in Requiem for a dream, The basketball diaries and Trainspotting

Henzley, Chloe (2013) Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin: representations of heroin in Requiem for a dream, The basketball diaries and Trainspotting. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation examines the representation of heroin in the media during the 1990s, with a focus on the representation of heroin in the films Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky, 2000), The Basketball Diaries (Kalvert, 1995) and, Trainspotting (1996), while also examining the cultural context that produced them. While many critics of the 1990s argued that postmodern film-makers were identifiable by their political apathy these three films go against this. All three films have a deep political and economic message that goes beyond a morality tale about drugs. This dissertation examines the relationship between postmodernity and capitalism, examining the ways in which each film emphasises the ways in which these things caused alienation and marginalisation amongst the youth culture. Chapter one will examine the use of heroin and postmodernism in society during the 1990s, chapter two will then look at Requiem for a Dream’s use of heroin as a metaphor for the destructive nature of the American Dream and the instability of family in a postmodern world. Chapter three will then go on to examine the issues surrounding the construction of identity in postmodern society and how heroin is used as a substitute in The Basketball Diaries. The next chapter will look at how people create connections with each other using heroin in Trainspotting. Concluding that in all, capitalism and consumerism are at the root of the issues, and heroin is simply a metaphor for this

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 11:45
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 11:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22312

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