Down Terrace's duplicitous geographies

Rosalind Galt*

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Ben Wheatley's first feature, Down Terrace, uses the doubled qualities of place to destabilise audience expectations, shifting from an apparent deployment of British social realism into a more spectacular register of violent genre action. This article begins from the film's representation of family and domestic space, within which the sentimental qualities of the gangster family are overthrown in favour of a more perverse account of generational succession. It links the film's account of the southern English coastal city of Brighton to Wheatley's other explorations of specific English places and landscapes. Brighton as a location evokes histories of the British crime film, but it also provides a close proximity of urban and rural spaces which the film deploys as a way to structure the uneasy affects of its familial violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Early online date27 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2016


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