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Chris Morris

Controversial programme maker , whose programme Jam was taken off air by the Broadcasting Standards commission in 2000 as being unacceptable.Jam started out like Little Britain and Mock the Week on the radio and then moved to television, but its content and subject matter brought forth so many complaints that the commission insisted it be taken off air.

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The writers
Sam

Bain Jesse Armstrong and Chris Morris, with additional material form the cast.(Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong write Peep show.

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Key facts
Made

in 2009/10

Directed/written

by Chris Morris (known for controversial TV programmes like The Day Todayand jam to look for budgets from individual investors/ channel 4 (Film four) successful financially and critically.

Had

Was

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Characters
The

main narrative centres upon the two brothers Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj They have two other members of their group at the start of the film, Faisal (a hopeless older man) and Barry, a white non-muslim who is very fundamental and wants to blow up a mosque. They are joined by Hassan,whose family owns a fancy dress hire business, and is accepted into the group by Omar because he has access to a van.

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Controversy
Morris

ran into problems again with the film , as the BBC reported in May 2010, as families of the victims of the bombings in London in 2005 campaigned to cinemas to stop exhibiting the film.

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The plot/narrative
Concerns

three British/asian men (and one British man )who believe themselves to be radicals, and their preparations to undertake a bombing attack . of the men (who are brothers ) go to Asia to train and get an Emir (the equivalent of a mentor )to help them plan and give credence to their group. trip goes wrong and they blow up the emir and some innocent Arabs. their return they discover Barry has

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The On

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Reception
Despite

having problems with funding and support,was successful. in the UK official top ten films of 2010, behind Iron Man (Came 6th in this survey) very well received at several festivals including Sundance . 2,932,366 At the box office and was eventually shown in 200 cinemas. (despite initial problems with distribution)

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Quotes
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brilliant takedown of the imbecility of fanatism intelligent and uncompromising political comedy missed opportunity

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Exam
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film can be used in a number of ways: representation: men (The way they try to be in charge of the group, how Omar interacts with his brother and his son, the scene with the bedtime story where Omar is retelling The Lion King) Waj wants to be photographed in the dessert, sending photos of himself home. Its all very much centred upon

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Exam
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