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Dirty Pretty Things -Film Club

Dirty Pretty Things
(2002, 93 minutes) Rated 15, FILMCLUB suggests 14+
Identity & Belonging Inclusion Project theme: Change?
What’s this film about?
An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the
unpalatable side of London life. Okwe, a kindhearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay, a Turkish
chambermaid, work at the same West London
hotel. The hotel is run by Senor Sneaky and is
the sort of place where dirty business like drug
dealing and prostitution takes place. However,
when Okwe finds a human heart in one of the
toilets, he uncovers something far more sinister
than just a common crime.
Why have we chosen this film?
Issues raised
Cultural change and adaptation: Okwe and Senay are from different cultural backgrounds.
Okwe is from Nigeria and Senay is from Turkey, however they find themselves in a common,
vulnerable situation.
Relationships: The film explores cross-cultural friendships and relationships.
Issues they face: Corruption, exploitation, criminal involvement.
Be aware of...
Contains strong language, moderate sex and grisly images.
Before the film: Starter activity
What positive and negative experiences do you think people may face when adapting to a new
place or environment, for example: a new school, a new country or a new member to an activity
Do you think stereotypes are positive or negative things?
After the film: Discussion Questions
Do you think it’s fair that some people in the UK are treated like this, and why?
Do you think this film is a true reflection of what can happen when a person is in this situation?
The main characters in the film were in a vulnerable situation. Do you think you would have made
the same decisions? If not, what would you do differently?
After the film: Further explorations
Write the characters’ names on four
big pieces of paper and stick them
up around the room. Give post it
notes (if applicable) and ask club
members to write one thing they
think they would feel if they were
the character and stick it by their
name. Discuss the results.
Imagine you arrive home from school and your
parents tell you that you are going to emigrate
to a different country next week. Work on your
own and write some notes under each heading
below, then compare your ideas with a partner.
In my suitcase I will put...
Things I will miss about my country...
How I am feeling...
Anything I’m looking forward to...
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