Sunday, July 30, 2006

V for Vendetta

I saw this film over the weekend and though it is based on a comic strip it has a lot of themes that made me think as a grown - up about the nature of power and the role of the State. What it also made me do is look more carefully at the role of TV and especially that of hate TV. In the movie the regime uses Talk TV as effective tool to inspire hate and fear and thus unquestioning obedience.

The unnerving thing was how close in form and content were the the programmes shown in the film and the programmes broadcast regularly on the smaller channels here in Thessaloniki. They promote national chauvanism, hatred of other groups and endless ranting just like in the movie and God help us if they ever get into any position of power.

See here for lesson plan


Anonymous said...

Hey Teacher Dude,

V for Vendetta was based on a comic strip they used Orwell's 1984 as the template. That is why it was so good. I show it after teaching 1984 at my high school.

teacher dude said...

I recognised the similarities and one of the reasons I didn't see the film in the cinema was that it reminded me so much of the movie, 1984 (complete with John Hurd!).

I would also recommend the 1995 version Richard III as part of a double bill.