The film Sixty-Six was made in 2006 and set in 1966. Films set in a particular period in the past are sometimes referred to generically as ‘period drama’. Audiences expect such films to represent the given period authentically; filmmakers create this illusion by paying careful attention to the ‘look’ of the film.

To explore how a film creates meaning, we should look closely at mise-en-scène, or everything that appears before the camera (eg. Sets, props, actors, costumes, staging and lighting)

PRE-VIEWING

What do you expect to see in a film set in the 1960s? Use this activity sheet to start you thinking

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DURING VIEWING

Watch the trailer from Sixty-Six, which is set in the 1960s. As you watch, look closely at the mise-en-scène – what do you see in the frame? What visual clues to the period are there and see how many match your predictions?

AFTER VIEWING

Now watch the clip from the opening sequence of the film using this video capture tool. As you watch, use the pause button to decide which still images most authentically capture the period represented. In other words, which frames from this sequence look most like the images you have collected in your pre-viewing research?
Use the capture button to select four stills to focus on in more detail then write next to each image the reasons why you have chosen this still. (This video capture task is currently not supported for iPad and Tablet users).

FURTHER DISCUSSION

  • What other genre conventions are used in this opening sequence? Think about the soundtrack, characters and use of narrative voice-over.
  • To what extent do you think ‘period drama’ is the best definition of the genre of
    Sixty-Six? What other genres might define Sixty-Six? Explain your reasons.