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Anglo Gothic is an aesthetic based on the atmosphere of dingy suburban English areas with an emphasis on overcast skies, drizzling rain, council estates, grime, the colour blue and melancholy. Works that fall under this category tend to explore the themes of class, industrialism, street crime, drug abuse, mental illness and feature English staples such as cheap tea and biscuits.

Other common themes are the hardships of labour occupations such as coal or steel mining and factory work that are common among those in the working class in England. A lot of Anglo Gothic media is influenced by the boom in council estates being built in the 1960s in England, hence a lot of imagery being evocative of that time.

Visuals

Anglo-gothic envisions run down British suburbs (Which mainly have terraced homes that are falling apart or shoddily built apartment buildings) whose inhabitants are poor disgruntled office workers or mine workers and their families. Some other aspects are broken cars from the 90's and early 00's and cloudy or rainy days.

Music

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Some music that falls under the Anglo Gothic category includes:

  • Arctic Monkey's music, particularly the albums 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' and 'Humbug'
  • Kaiser Chiefs' music, particularly 'I Predict a Riot'
  • 'Cigarette Daydreams' by Cage the Elephant
  • 'Chelsea Dagger' by The Fratellis
  • 'Foundations' by Kate Nash
  • 'America' by Razorlite
  • 'Untrue' by Burial
  • 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' by Soft Cell
  • 'Bittersweet symphony' by Verve

Film and Television

Notable film and TV media that fits with this aesthetic are:

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  • The Full Monty (1997)
  • Withnail and I (1987)
    • Although Withnail also resembles other aesthetics, it is a quintessentially 'anglo gothic' film due to its themes of drug abuse, poverty and British cynicism.
  • The Inbetweeners (2008-2010)
  • BBC Sherlock (2010-2017)
  • The 'Kidulthood' series:
    • Kidulthood (2006)
    • Adulthood (2008)
    • Brotherhood (2016)
  • Billy Elliot (2000)
  • A Taste of Honey (1961)
  • Derry Girls (2018)
  • Alex Rider (2020)
  • The Dumping Ground (2013-)
  • C.B. Strike (2017-)
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Anglo Gothic media is distinct from traditionally Gothic media set in England due to its grounding in more modern times as well as its emphasis on industrial towns and council housing, which became more prominent in the 1960s.

Other Media

  • Blood Brothers, a musical by Willy Russel (set in Liverpool from the 50s to the 80s)

Coinage

The term 'Anglo Gothic' was coined by tumblr user demixian in 2020 in reference to works that focused heavily on lower class English life, with a specific emphasis on the injustice of poverty and the poor mental health of the populace.

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