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CLIP 12766

Dramatisation of Tim Collin's speech prior to the invasion of Iraq

Dramatisation of Tim Collin's speech prior to the invasion of Iraq
Key Info
  • Dramatisation of Tim Collin's speech prior to the invasion of Iraq
  • Duration: 04:34
  • Kenneth Branagh's dramatisation of Tim Collin's rallying cry given to 800 soldiers prior to the invasion of Iraq, on March 19, 2003. It builds context, reflects the range of fears the soldiers have and demonstrates how speeches can change the mood of a crowd, through the use of some key rhetorical devices. It was both rousing and sobering. Delivered in a punchy modern vernacular, the speech combined the cadence of the King James Bible with the language of the computer game: 'tread lightly' but 'rock their game'. The references connected people across the world, from all religions. It was off the cuff and unplanned.
  • Subject:



    Language Study: Spoken

  • Keywords: war, polemic, public persona, private persona, speech, appositional phrases, rhetoric, campaign
Ideas for use in class
  • Unpack the context with the class and then divide them into three groups. Group A should explore the use of pronouns and nouns - can they be categorised? Group B should explore the use of phrases and sentences and Group C should explore the flow of the whole text, gaining critical distance on the whole speech. The three groups come together to explore what the successful elements are of the speech. Ben Macintyre was critical - he said that the speech left the soldiers where they shouldn't have been thinking about home, their families and death. Do you agree?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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