Are there any portrayals of british people in film which the british find offensive – quora dull pain on right side of chest

“The film was financially successful and reasonably well-received by critics,[1] and won an Academy Award for sound editing.[2] However, the fictional plot attracted substantial criticism[3] – in reality, it was British sailors from HMS Bulldog in May 1941 who first captured a naval Enigma machine (from U-110) in the North Atlantic, months before the United States had even entered the war. The anger over these inaccuracies reached the British Parliament, where Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed that the film was an affront to British sailors.[4] The film was also criticized for portraying German U-boat crews in a negative light by showing them gunning down Allied survivors instead of giving them assistance or taking them aboard as prisoners.”

If you are going to cast an American actor in a role as a British person they need to get their chosen British accent right.


Renée Zellweger almost nailed it and got close enough for her to be a convincing Bridget Jones. She does just occasionally over do it – it sounds like she is trying to have a Surrey accent instead of actually having one if that makes sense.

Never offensive. The most annoying thing about Brits, especially the English, is that they are almost impossible to properly offend, so looking for an opportunity to do so via film is never going to work. This is because most Brits are either cheerfully magnanimous OR so jaw-droppingly arrogant that they have no interest whatever in what something as insignificant as a foreigner might think of them.

I’d say a huge majority of really nasty stereotyped Brits in movies are greeted with smirks or, at worst, patient exhaustion by the British themselves. It’s only a film, film-makers are frequently silly, maybe we deserve a little bit of it anyway, who cares what they think anyway? etc. etc. are common reactions.

The most quoted examples are probably Titanic and U571. These grind British gears because they are so historically inaccurate. We’d forgive Titanic, playing the ‘it’s only a film’ card, and anyway it was as popular here as it was everywhere else for all the same reasons. It’s also quite interesting to be on the receiving end of that level of manic dislike from a writer or director. Mostly Arabs, Russians, Latin Americans get that job. You can actually feel, almost see and hear, instructions and insistence that every Brit in such an immense cast is going to be horrible. But as I said above, it’s an eye-roll rather than anger in terms of a response. U571 is annoying because it masquerades as a piece of history. As such, it’s a lie, even if before that it’s a good movie. It says more about the brittleness of ego in the American entertainment industry.

We’ve got nothing to say about The Patriot. Our war-based portrayals of enemies, most notably Germans/Nazis are also painted with broad brush strokes. I assume that a gigantic majority of all combatants in the War of Independence, whatever the side, spoke with the same accents and had very little consciousness of ‘American’ and ‘British’, in the cliched Hollywood sense, until much later in history.

Please look up John Hawkins in the mid-1500s. He was the English guy who traded slaves by capturing them from Africa and selling them in America as a commodity. Sure the Spanish and even the Dutch had their part in bringing slaves into the new land before him. But this Hawkins guy took it to a new level. But maybe we should just look at him as someone who streamlined slavery more efficently in an assembly line manor. He was celebrated as the first slave trader.

• The Brits starved out the Irish (a colony at the time) when the blight killed off the potaoes. Instead of letting up on the crop demands that would have fed millions during the blight, the Irish were made to keep producing the Feudal-like quota of the remaining crops for export to Britain. This left our Micks nothing to eat but the taste of their own tongues.

• Again the the Brits killed off more Irish when they massacred 28 unarmed peace demonstrators in the streets of Derry in 1972, including children, who were running away from their bullets. No one was ever reprimanded and the shooters were found free of guilt.

• As for decision making skills, the Brits punished their criminals by deporting them and giving them reign of an entire continent in the Southern Hemisphere that had plentiful natural resources and so much sunshine that they have the highest melanoma rate today.

A very recent film called ‘Peter Rabbit’, about a CGI animated rabbit and his chums overcoming a lovable but nasty man from London who has moved to the countryside and doesn’t want any wild animals in his garden. This film is set in the Lake District, which is in Cumbria, Northwest England.

What was offensive about the film? Most viewers wouldn’t notice this one, but some Brits most certainly will, specially us northern folk. The actors in the film all had London accents. Even the local characters in the film who had no more than a line or two, such as some mechanics in the village of Ambleside, or the taxi driver who features twice in the whole story… They all spoke like they’d never gone farther north than Milton Keynes! Not one northern accent in the whole thing!

This was quite obviously a deliberate choice by the production company, clearly deciding ‘standard English’ accents would be needed in order to make the film accessible to a wider audience. It’s clearly utter nonsense though, given the plethora of films that use the correct local accents without issue. Trainspotting springs to mind immediately. And I don’t see Hollywood using ‘plain American’ accents if they make a film set in Texas, New York or Boston, for example.

So yes I must say, I did find myself oddly offended at the complete and utter exclusion of anything northern in a film that was specifically set in the north of England, especially in an era when cultural diversity is supposed to be celebrated.