How has the representation of British Asians in British Asian films changed from the 1970s to now?

Mann, Raman (2011) How has the representation of British Asians in British Asian films changed from the 1970s to now? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation explores the representation of British Asians in British Asian films from their beginnings in 1974. With reference to key social and political issues around the time of their release, the films are able to offer a view of what life was like for British Asians at the time. Having moved from films about immigrants attempting to build successful lives in a new country, to celebrating being a settler in a multicultural society, British Asian films have adapted over time to incorporate changing views to create well rounded representations of British Asian characters.

    British Asian films have incorporated issues ranging from racism, sexism and violence to interracial homosexual relationships and the desire to integrate into British society. The success of British Asian films is thanks to the improved writing and overall production, which have provided audiences with realistic portrayals of British Asian characters and British Asian issues. By looking at the key films over the past forty years, it is possible to see the changes that have occurred against the ever-transforming social background.

    The dissertation concludes by evaluating the future of the genre, as it moves towards an area of maturity, having dealt with many important social issues and becoming an area that now offers a realistic view of life for British Asians in Britain.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 13:37
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7040

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