Discussion Questions for “Bullet Boy” (Saul Dibb, 2004)


Discussion Questions for “Bullet Boy” (Saul Dibb, 2004)

  1. Where does the story take place? How does the setting contribute to our understanding of the story?
  2. Who is the story narrated by? What clues are available for you to identify the narrative voice(s)? What impact does the narrative voice have on you? Why?
  3. In one of the early scenes of the film, the camera shows us Curtis emerging from the locked boot of the car into the light. How would you interpret this as a metaphor?
  4. What does Ricky’s gun symbolize in the film?
  5. What does the character Leon stand for in the film?
  6. What might the name “Wisdom” symbolize in the film?
  7. What is the function of the ice rink sequence?
  8. Comment on the director’s use of tower blocks and the widescreen shots of landscape.
  9. What does the film reveal about the concept of manhood? What does the film reveal about macho culture and its impact on the individual?
  10. How would you interpret the last scene in the film?
  11. To what extent and in what way(s) do you think Saul Dibb’s background in television documentary making might affect the film “Bullet Boy”?
  12. What do you think about Dibb’s depiction of violence? Are there stereotypes or clichés? Does he glamorize violence? Explain.
  13. How didactic do you find the film? Please explain.
  14. What might be the reason for using hand-held cameras in the film? What effect(s) does this create?
  15. Make a list of some of the themes the film explores.

© Ali Nihat Eken, Istanbul, September 2008

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