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In the Pipeline…

Greetings.

All being well, we will be conducting an interview with Professor Sue Golding from the University of Greenwich tomorrow or Tuesday to get an insight into how same-sex marriages are approached (and how they’re generally received by the public) in the UK and the US. Sue is originally from New York but has lived in London since 1997 so we’re hopeful that we can tap into her vast knowledge and experience on the subject.

We also hope to complete some other interviews with academics as well as gathering a general consensus from the people of London on the issue of same-sex marriages. Live in South-east London? You might see us around some time.

We ambitiously contacted Peter Tatchell to see whether we could interview him, but, unfortunately (and perhaps as to be expected), we have not heard back yet. Let’s hope he’ll be getting back to us soon!

Stay tuned for some pictures and ‘behind the scenes’ footage of us conducting the interviews. They’ll be appearing on the site soon.

Until next time…


Filming

Film production will start from the second week of November:

1.  From 10th November until 14th December we are aiming to film all the ‘Vox Pops’, in various locations, so we can get a wide range of opinions a view points.

  • We will stick to the popular areas within central London, such as Oxford Circus, Waterloo, Piccadilly Circus, etc. as they will have tourists from various countries, therefore having different views on marriage and its traditions.
  • We will then also go to such locations like Edgware Road, Brick Lane, Brixton and a few others as they are centrally populated by a certain Ethnic group.

2.  Over the Christmas break, we will get in touch with our contacts, interview them and collate their wedding videos and photos to add to our documentary.

3.  We aim to get all the editing done before Easter break, so that we only have minor finishing touches left when we return.


Culture Clash: The Proposal (First Draft)

Apparently a tradition at Japanese weddings. T...

Image via Wikipedia

Subject Area:

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=london&iid=285687″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/285687/sign-london/sign-london.jpg?size=500&imageId=285687″ width=”234″ height=”237″ /] We aim to explore the traditions within weddings and rituals of different cultures. We will be focusing our attentions on the people of London as it is one of the most diverse cities in the world in terms of culture. “London is the most linguistically diverse city on Earth” (The Times, 22nd January, 2000, p.8). There is evidence to suggest that some 307 languages were spoken by London schoolchildren in 2008. We want to know what marriage means and represents for you.

Same-sex marriage, civil partnerships.

The rituals in some weddings differ to those in others. Offering of a gift in some cultures; receiving gifts in others. Dowry* or pre-nuptual agreements.

Proposing: in certain cultures you are marrying the individual and in others you are marrying the whole family.

Ceremonies: some last one day whereas others can go on for several weeks.

Wedding garments: from traditional suits and white dresses (signifying purity/chastity) ranging from white to red etc…

Weddings differ depending on social surroundings, religions and cultures.
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* Property or payment given by a wife or her family to a husband at the time of marriage. (In some cultures, it is the husband who pays the dowry to the wife’s family).

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How Will We Shoot the Documentary?

Our initial idea was to create a documentary that focused on three different weddings from three different religions that were all based in one city (London). Our idea progressed over time and we decided to explore the possibility of shooting our documentary in a ‘vox pop’ style. The vox pop style of film making aims to capture and ‘provide a snapshot of public opinion’. We will ask simple, open-ended questions such as ‘what does marriage mean to you’, ‘what would the bride and groom traditionally wear’ and so on.


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