The Performance of Masculine Crisis In Contemporary British Cinema: Do The Debut Feature Films of Directors Ben Wheatley and Paddy Consadine Represent a Response To Masculine Crisis.
(2014) The Performance of Masculine Crisis In Contemporary British Cinema: Do The Debut Feature Films of Directors Ben Wheatley and Paddy Consadine Represent a Response To Masculine Crisis., no. 49.
The work of British filmmakers is sorely overlooked in the contemporary debate regarding the performance of masculine crisis in film, with the majority of existing work focused solely on American, Hollywood cinema. This dissertation seeks to address that problem by providing a detailed analysis of the work of two British filmmakers, Paddy Consadine and Ben Wheatley and their films Tyrannosaur (2011) and Down Terrace (2009) respectively, ultimately seeking to identify whether or not the debut feature films of these two directors represent a personal - and British - response to a perceived masculine crisis. This dissertation makes extensive use of Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young's work in the Journal of New Male Studies (2014), a leading publication, which is at the forefront of sociological research into the issues facing men and boys worldwide - as well as drawing from the work of gender theorists such as Judith Butler to analyse the performance of masculine crisis in Tyrannosaur and Down Terrace. In exploring Paddy Consadine's Tyrannosaur and Ben Wheatley's Down Terrace, two contemporary British films, this detailed analytical reading explores these two films from a critical perspective, drawing from both academic texts and interviews with the directors themselves to reveal two deeply personal - and thoroughly British - filmic responses to masculine crisis.