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Lesson 7: British Culture Movie

Lesson 7: British Culture Movie

Students observe differences between the working class and the middle class in the UK, and interpret their observations from a film.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  UK culture film

Time:  90 minutes



  1. Observe differences between the working class and the middle class in the UK.
  2. Interpret observations from a film.


1, 2.  Collect Film Notes worksheet at the end of class.



  • DVD: Cemetery Junction (2010)
  • Make one copy of Film Notes for each student.
  • Make one copy of Film Notes Sample Answers for the teacher.


Film Background (5 minutes)

Cemetery Junction is a 2010 drama/comedy depicting the working class and the middle class in the 1970s.  The film takes place in the city of Reading, about 65km west of London.  It is set in the 1970s to more easily show the distinction between the classes, but it still has relevance today.  There is substantial profanity and references to sex.


Character introduction:

  • Freddie Taylor
  • Bruce
  • Snork/Paul
  • Mr. Kendrick
  • Mike Ramsey
  • Julie


Watch film (60 minutes)

  • Play from the beginning until the boys get thrown out of the office party.
  • Give each student a Film Notes worksheet. 
  • Ask students to write down five cultural observations on the left side of the worksheet.


Cultural Interpretation (25 minutes)

  • Ask students to think about what they saw in the film and write down their interpretation on the right side of the worksheet.
  • Ask students to get into groups of 4 or 5 people and discuss their observations and interpretation.
  • Collect the Film Notes worksheets (see Film Notes worksheet examples).



  • Read Units 6, 7, 9, and 10 to become familiar with the presentation topics.
  • UK Culture Presentations are next week.

Printable Worksheets

Film Notes
Film Notes Sample Answers

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