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Docu-drama 'Threads, 1980s
Extract from 'Threads', a feature length docu-drama based on the political situation at the time and the possibility of nuclear war. The drama follows two ordinary families in Sheffield during the build-up to and aftermath of a nuclear strike on Britain. Jimmy is soon to be married and has his mind on enjoying his remaining days as a single man, while his father is worrying about the future as fighter jets fly over his allotment. In the background the radio news reports military build-up and rising tension between the nuclear powers. 'Threads' was written by novelist Barry Hines, author of 'A Kestrel for a Knave'. It was first broadcast on BBC Two on 23 September 1984 and attracted 6.9 million viewers.
An analysis of docu-realism - the use of dramatised news reports, realistic locations and stock footage of actual fighter jets in the extract.
Students create their own short video drama using real locations. This will provide an opportunity for outside location work and will highlight the problems of using real locations.
Analysis of the dialogue - traditional manhood against impending marriage and fatherhood, the different meanings of the 'future' - married life contrasted with the political situation.
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