The Intern


Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you're already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker's charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.

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Point Of View

Point of view looks at from which perspective a narrative is presented to the audience. Some narratives shift the point of view, while others only ever present what the protagonist experiences.

Another way of thinking about point of view is to look at who’s side the audience is on. When determining the point of view you need to examine how the audience understood this. What conventions were used to reveal the point of view. Like; Narration, Camera Techniques, Flashbacks, Images of the character etc.

The narrative can be read by several characters point of view. In most cases it is between two characters.

From the images below list the media code and conventions employed to reveal the point of view of the narrative to the audience.

The Structuring Of Time

Structuring of time as utilised in narratives is not how time passes in the traditional sense, but how time is structured in the media product. The order and duration of events and how they are reflected to the audience. For example, flashbacks and flash forward. Is a character pregnant and has a montage been used to indicate 9 months has past?

Some techniques include:
• Compression
• Ellipsis
• Montage
• Flashback / Forward
• Slow motion – Fast motion
• Repeats
• Parallel actions

Is the narrative set in a chronological order (LINEAR) or a non-linear structure. Why is this so? What effect has this created on the narrative for the audience.


In the Intern how is structuring of time reflected to the audience and what conventions informed the audience of the time structure?

How was the ideology of GENDER reflected within the audience’s understanding of the narrative in this text?

Revision questions –

1. Define how codes and conventions have been used in the construction of The Intern.
2. Define how a challenge to ideology was made implicit within the character of Jules.
3. Now explain how this ideology was supported by other scenes within the text.
4. Explain how the producers of this text utilized the ideology of ‘gender’ to create an empowering narrative for women in the year 2015.

(Source: Text Media Reframed, Cambridge 2018)