Guilt Textual Analysis

Guilt is a psychological thriller about a drunk driver trying to overcome his conscience after a hit and run.

Textual Analysis:

A OTS shot reveals a male driving, with blood on his windscreen, making the audience wonder what happened. However, it then cuts to a HA showing empty bottles of beers, highlighting that the driver has been drinking and probably hit something or someone. Furthermore, the hand-held camera makes the audience feel as if they are in the back of the car and makes it more realistic.

In the car park there is low-key lighting, a typical convention of the thriller genre and creates an ominous tone. A CU shows the drivers distress as he clutches his head with his hands and shakes his head. To reinforce his drunk state to the audience, another empty bottle falls out of the door as well as the driver is struggling to walk and parking the car incorrectly. This all highlights to the audience how much of a danger he is. The canted angle creates the feeling of disorientation to the audience as well as conveying the driver’s disorientation.

The driver tries to get rid of the blood by wiping it with his hands… bringing the saying ‘blood on your hands’ to reality. A OTS shot reveals a biker to be standing behind him, implying to the audience that it is the person that he hit and his subconscious is beginning to affect him.

When walking away from the car, the hand-held camera tracks him, making it shake and therefore highlight his incapability to walk. The driver looks around in paranoia and a OTS shot reveals the biker again but standing and staring at him, from which the audience can depict that he cannot escape his conscience, no matter how many times a begs it to “stop”. The biker takes off his helmet to reveal a head injury… which he may have died from.

The biker refuses the apology and attacks him with a bottle… however it is revealed that the driver did it to himself because he felt so ‘guilty’. The camera zooms out into a WA whilst eerie music played and stopped once the driver died.

My Opinion:
The overall idea of this film is good and unique, however I believe it could have been executed better by making it faster paced as well as trying to give the audience a clearer and more detailed insight into the characters mind. This could have been done by editing or even by editing and having the actor playing two roles in the same shot, one could represent his conscious. An example is in this A Level short thriller film made by a previous student:

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Media Theory:

  • Levi Strauss (Binary oppositions) – GOOD VS EVIL and the good is the subconscious of the villain.
  • Roland Barthes (Enigma theory) – The theory which suggests any text (e.g tv and film) makes the audience question something and intrigues the audience, drawing them in.
  • Propp’s Narrative theory – It could be suggested that the hero of the film is the villains subconscious as it may result in justice for the victim and their family.
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