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"Sweet Sixteen" and "A Slight Trick of the Mind": UK Films

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1) Why does the UK seem to be drawn to crime thrillers more than any other genre and how do such films hold special relevance to the nation?

2) Why does the notion of circumstances and choices available to characters hold a special interest for UK audiences?

3) Based on the two examples you gave, "Sweet Sixteen" and "A Slight Trick of the Mind", how do these two films possess characteristics common or prominent in UK film with regard to plot point, stylistic elements, character type, setting, etc?

4) How do these two films share similar elements in appealing to UK audiences?

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As you discuss 1) Why does the UK seem to be drawn to crime thrillers more than any other genre and how do such films hold special relevance to the nation, I feel like these types of movies fulfill the UK viewers' need for information, love of suspense, and passion for justice in general. I also feel that as literary and history buffs, this film and genre adhere to British love of nostalgia.

Research, too, justifies that UK audiences like to associate crime genres as a source of political information, as one article denotes:

Holbrook, R., & Hill, T. G. (2005). Agenda-Setting and Priming in Prime Time Television: Crime Dramas as Political Cues. Political Communication, 22(3), 277-295.

2) As you examine why does the notion of circumstances and choices available to characters hold a special interest for UK audiences, I feel that this audience treasures the use of free will. Philosophically and ideologically, this premise is rooted into the social and political fabric of life in the UK. There is also a strong insistence on justice and moral righteousness, I feel, that this genre tries to depict and even question in the case of "Sweet Sixteen."

As mentioned, the UK audience appreciates a sense of wit. Again, this sense of wit permeates "Sweet Sixteen" as one article reiterates:

Bromley, R. (2003). Sweet Sixteen (Film). Cineaste, 28(4), 48-50. ...

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This solution discusses "Sweet Sixteen" and "A Slight Trick of the Mind," two UK films, and explains briefly how they are explicated in terms of character, themes, and related reference notes.

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