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Query:   Movies with convincing accents
Author:  Joseph Tomei
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonology

Summary:   I EARLIER POSTED A REQUEST FOR SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOVIES WITH
CONVINCING ACCENTS AS AN 'EAR-STRETCHING' EXERCISE FOR MY JAPANESE
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. I'D LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO REPLIED AS WELL AS A
FEW OFF-LINE FRIENDS WHO ADDED SUGGESTIONS, LISTING ALL AT THE BOTTOM OF
THIS POST. I'VE ALSO GIVEN A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE FILMS (IF I HAVEN'T SEEN
THEM THEY ARE TAKEN FROM THE INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE AT
HTTP://US.IMDB.COM/
AS WELL SO YOU CAN SKIP FILMS WHOSE CONTENT YOU MIGHT FEEL IS
INAPPROPRIATE.

THOUGH I'M ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING OTHER MATERIALS AS WELL, THE
FOCUS WAS ON FILMS TO BOTH INTRODUCE THE STUDENTS TO THE ACCENTS AS WELL AS
ENCOURAGE THEM TO LEARN OTHER THINGS ABOUT THE ENGLISH SPEAKING REGIONS OF
THE WORLD. (AS WELL AS PROVIDING ME AN EXCUSE TO WATCH MOVIES INSTEAD OF
WORK!)

++++++++UNITED KINGDOM ACCENTS++++++++
ONE CORRESPONDENT NOTED THAT UK FILMS IN GENERAL TEND TO DO A BETTER JOB
WITH ACCENTS BECAUSE 'IT STILL MATTERS'. IF THE VOLUME OF EMAIL IS ANY
MEASURE OF 'MATTERING' SHE WAS RIGHT- THE MAJORITY OF POSTS CONCERNED
BRITISH ACCENTS. ALSO RECOMMENDED WERE BBC DRAMAS IN GENERAL, BUT AS THEY
ARE A BIT HARD TO OBTAIN HERE IN JAPAN, I'VE ONLY LISTED THE ONE THAT I
HAVE FOUND HERE.

ONE CORRESPONDENT TWEAKED ME FOR NOT INCLUDING A WELSH ACCENT, BUT NO
RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO FILMS, SO IF YOU KNOW OF ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
ANOTHER CORRESPONDENT SAID THAT ANTHONY HOPIKINS, BEING WELSH, USES THAT
ACCENT IN SOME FILMS, BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW ANY PARTICULAR TITLES.

FOR A NORTHERN ENGLISH ACCENT
KES (1969, DIR. KEN LOACH, AMERICAN RELEASE PARTLY SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH!)
BILLY CASPER COMES FROM THE POOREST END OF TOWN (LEEDS, ENGLAND), HE CAN'T
CONCENTRATE AT SCHOOL AND DOES VERY BADLY. THEN ONE DAY HE SEES A WILD
KESTREL AND THIS LEADS TO A WHOLE NEW SIDE OF HIS CHARACTER BEING
DISCOVERED. (FROM INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE)

BRASSED OFF (AVAILABLE IN JAPAN AS BURASU, 1996, DIR. MARK HERMAN)
A YORKSHIRE 'COLLIER BAND' (BRASS BAND MADE UP OF THE COAL MINERS) TRIES TO
STAY TOGETHER AS THEIR JOBS ARE ON THE LINE. GREAT MUSIC AND KEEN ACCENTS.

THE FULL MONTY (1997, DIR. PETER CATTANEO)
SET IN SHEFFIELD, UNEMPLOYED STEEL WORKERS, DESPERATE FOR WORK, TRY A
CHIPPENDALE'S STRIP SHOW, PROMISING TOTAL NUDITY ('THE FULL MONTY')

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (TV SERIAL)
A LONG RUNNING TV SERIES, DETAILING WHEN A VET COMES TO RURAL YORKSHIRE.
LOCAL INHABITANTS SPEECH IS QUITE AUTHENTIC.

FOR A (LOWLAND) SCOTTISH ACCENT
TRAINSPOTTING (DIR. DANNY BOYLE)
80S EDINBURGH HEROIN USERS WITH A LOT OF BLACK HUMOR, STRONG LANGUAGE AND
SOME SEXUAL SITUATIONS. ALSO LINGUISTICALLY INTERESTING IS THE BOOK OF
SHORT STORIES BY IRVING WALSH ON WHICH THE MOVIE IS BASED, WHICH USES
NON-STANDARD SPELLINGS TO REPRESENT THE DIALECT.

FOR A (WESTERN ISLES/ HIGHLAND) SCOTTISH ACCENT
'LOCAL HERO' (1983, DIR. BILL FORSYTH)
AN AMERICAN OIL MULTI MILLIONAIRE WANTS TO BUY OIL RIGHTS IN A REMOTE
SCOTTISH VILLAGE. IN A FUNNY INVERSION, THE MILLIONAIRE FALLS IN LOVE WITH
THE PLACE AND DOESN'T WANT TO SPOIL IT WHILE THE INHABITANTS ARE ANXIOUS TO
CASH IN.

FOR AN IRISH ACCENT
THE IRISH FILM INDUSTRY IS QUITE VIGOROUS, BUT FILMS MADE IN NORTHERN
IRELAND ARE OFTEN FINANCED BY THE UK FILM BOARD AND SO WILL TURN UP IN
SEARCHES UNDER BRITISH RATHER THAN IRISH.

THE COMMITTMENTS (1991, DIR. ALAN PARKER)
WORKING CLASS DUBLIN YOUTH FORM A BAND TO PLAY BLACK SOUL, TAKEN FROM AN
EXCELLENT BOOK BY PADDY DOYLE (SOME STRONG LANGUAGE AND ONE SEXUAL
SITUATION)

THE SNAPPER (1993, DIR. STEPHEN FREARS)
THE 'SEQUEL' TO THE COMMITTMENTS, BUT ONLY IN THE SENSE THAT IT IS ADAPTED
FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF OF PADDY DOYLE.YOUNG IRISH GIRL BECOMES PREGNANT
AND THE FAMILY STRUGGLES TO COPE WITH HER REFUSING TO NAME THE FATHER.

NAME OF THE FATHER (DIR. 1993, DIR. JIM SHERIDAN)
DANIEL DAY LEWIS DOES A GOOD JOB WITH THE BELFAST ACCENT IN THE MOVIE
DRAMATIZATION OF THE GUILDFORD 5 CASE

MICHAEL COLLINS (1996, DIR. NEIL JORDAN)
DETAILS THE STORY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR IRISH INDEPENDENCCE FROM THE 1916
EASTER REBELLION TO SHORTLY AFTER THE FOUNDING OF THE FREE STATE OF EIRE
THROUGH THE BIOGRAPHY OF MICHAEL COLLINS. MOST OF THE ACTORS ARE IRISH, BUT
JULIA ROBERTS CAN'T QUITE GET THE ACCENT RIGHT. ALSO INTERESTING WERE THE
SEVERAL WEB SITES DETAILING THE FILM, WHICH CAN ADD MORE HISTORICAL
INSIGHTS.
HTTP://DIR.YAHOO.COM/
ENTERTAINMENT/MOVIES_AND_FILM/TITLES/DRAMA/MICHAEL_COLLINS/

CAL (1984, DIR. PAT O'CONNOR)
CAL, A YOUNG MAN ON THE FRINGES OF THE IRA, FALLS IN LOVE WITH MARCELLA, A
CATHOLIC WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND, A PROTESTANT POLICEMAN, WAS KILLED ONE YEAR
EARLIER BY THE IRA. (FROM IMDB)

AVOID RYAN'S DAUGHTER' (1970, DIR. DAVID LEAN) UNLESS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
'BAD' EXEMPLARS OF A RURAL IRISH ACCENT.

ALSO TO BE AVOIDED FOR ACCENTS IS THE NICOLE KIDMAN, TOM CRUISE 'FAR AND
AWAY' ABOUT IRISH IMMIGRANTS COMING TO AMERICA.

BRITISH ACCENTS
FOR A LIVERPOOL ACCENT ('SCOUSE')
JOHN LENNON HAD THIS ACCENT, SO OBVIOUSLY, THE BEATLES MOVIES, MOST
PARTICULARLY HELP! ARE GOOD EXAMPLES.

(I ALSO WONDER IF 'BACKBEAT', ABOUT THE BEATLES EARLY DAYS IN HAMBURG ALSO
PROVIDES A GOOD EXAMPLE. (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE, SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK N
ROLL!))

A LETTER TO BREZHNEV (1985, DIR. CHRIS BERNARD)
TWO SOVIET SAILORS MAKE CONTACT WITH TWO LIVERPUDLIAN NATIVES. LOVE
HAPPENS, BUT THE THE SAILORS HAVE TO RETURN TO THEIR SHIP. BUT ONE OF THE
WOMEN IS DETERMINED TO BE REUNITED, THUS THE TITLE.

FOR A COCKNEY ACCENT
MONA LISA (1986, DIR. NEIL JORDAN)
BOB HOSKINS, FRESH OUT OF PRISON, BECOMES THE CHAFFEUR FOR A HIGH CLASS
PROSTITUTE IN SOHO, WHOSE PIMP IS MICHAEL CAINE.

OTHER MICHAEL CAINE MOVIES MIGHT ALSO PROVIDE GOOD EXAMPLES OF THIS ACCENT,
WHICH INCLUDE
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988)
MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, THE (1975)
SLEUTH (1972)
ALFIE (1966)

SOUTHWEST ENGLISH ACCENT
NO RECOMMENDATIONS HERE, BUT AS THIS WAS THE SETTING OF MANY (ALL?) OF
THOMAS HARDY'S NOVELS, ONE CORRESPONDENT SUGGESTED THAT THE MOVIE VERSIONS
MIGHT HAVE GOOD EXAMPLES.

GENERAL BRITISH ACCENT
THREE OF MIKE LEIGH'S FILMS WERE RECOMMENDED, NOTING THAT THEY DEAL WITH
CLASS RELATIONS AND USE ACCENT TO REPRESENT CLASSES. HE IS QUITE FAMOUS FOR
HIS DIRECTING STYLE, WHICH ESCHEWS A SCRIPT AND ASKS ACTORS TO IMPROVISE
CHARACTERS AND SCENES WHICH HE THEN DEVELOPS INTO A STORY LINE. THEY WERE:

SECRETS AND LIES (1996)
CYNTHIA LIVES IN LONDON WITH HER SULLEN STREET-SWEEPER DAUGHTER. HER
BROTHER HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPHER'S BUSINESS AND NOW LIVES
NEARBY IN A MORE UPMARKET HOUSE. BUT CYNTHIA HASN'T EVEN BEEN INVITED ROUND
THERE AFTER A YEAR. SO, ALL ROUND, SHE FEELS RATHER LONELY AND ISOLATED.
MEANWHILE, IN ANOTHER PART OF TOWN, HORTENSE, ADOPTED AT BIRTH BUT NOW
GROWN UP, STARTS TO TRY AND TRACE HER MOTHER. HORTENSE IS BLACK, BUT THERE
SEEMS LITTLE DOUBT HER REAL MOTHER IS CYNTHIA. (FROM IMDB)

NAKED (1993)
JOHNNY FLEES MANCHESTER FOR LONDON, TO AVOID A BEATING FROM THE FAMILY OF A
GIRLHE HAS RAPED. THERE HE FINDS AN OLD GIRLFRIEND, AND SPENDS SOME TIME
HOMELESS, SPENDING MUCH OF HIS TIME RANTING AT STRANGERS, AND MEETING
CHARACTERS IN PLIGHTS VERY MUCH LIKE HIS OWN. (FROM IMDB) (DOES JOHNNY
HAVE A MACUSIAN ACCENT?)

HIGH HOPES (1988)
SET IN THATCHERITE ENGLAND, IT PORTRAYS THE TWO SIDES OF THE CLASS ABYSS,
THE YUPPIES AND THE DIE-HARD SOCIALISTS.

AND A SEARCH TURNED UP SOME OTHER FILMS BY MIKE LEIGH
LIFE IS SWEET (1991)
CAREER GIRLS (1997)

WELSH ACCENT
I WONDER IF THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL, BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN
WITH HUGH GRANT, ABOUT TWO ENGLISH CARTOGRAPHERS VISIT A SMALL SOUTH WALES
VILLAGE IN 1917 IS GOOD FOR A WELSH ACCENT. ANY OPINIONS?

OMNIBUS??
I'VE JUST SEEN A REVIEW OF KEN LOACH'S RIFF-RAFF, A STORY OF WORKING CLASS
LONDON IN THE THATCHERITE DAYS, WHERE LONDON WAS A MAGNET FOR WORKERS FROM
OTHER PARTS OF ENGLAND. THE WORKERS, ACCORDING TO THE REVIEW, ALL EXHIBIT
DIFFERENT DIALECTS. ANY COMMENTS?

+++++++++AUSTRALIAN ACCENTS++++++++++++
THE AUSTRALIAN ACCENT, ONE CORRESPONDENT NOTED HAS THREE TYPES

LL Issue: 9.1612
Date Posted: 14-Nov-1998
Original Query: Read original query