A couple of clips here to support the category of ‘real actions and actitivies’ in real/ fiction. From Kes, the famous Brian Glover footie sequence:
And the caning scene. Loach and Tony Garnett told the boys in the scene that they wouldn’t actually be caned, then surprised them… Garnett said recenty t the BFI that he probably wouldn’t do it now, but the boys were (relatively) handsomely paid. Their reactions are real.. The scene starts about halfway through the clip.
Charlie Chaplin, in The Rink: demonstrating how any travelling motion in actors is a kind of ‘real’ independent of the fiction..
For something a little more left field, there’s the short film The Girl Chewing Gum, by John Smith. The film is an extended joke about giving actors directions. I won’t spoil it.. This version has French subtitles..
And a personal favourite. Patrick Keiller makes playful ‘essay films’. Hs film London features documentary footage of the capital in 1992 – year of an IRA bombing campaign, and a general election – but with a fictional narrative voiced-over. this clip, at around 6 minutes, features some ‘talking’ gateposts in a park in Stockwell.