TRIBUTES AND RETROSPECTIVES
A rare gem: Alan Clarke
1979 - Royaume-Uni - 93mn
Interdit - 16 ans
Three young boys Carlin, Davis and Angel, are sent to borstal. They try to survive in a spiral of terror, violence and humiliation.
n 1977, Alan Clarke made an initial version of Scum as part of a commission for BBC’s “Play for Today”. Given the violence of the film it was withdrawn by the BBC and not broadcast until 1991, one year after Clarke’s death. In 1979, with the help of private producers, Clarke bought back the rights of the film and made a cinema version with the same leading actors. “As always with Clarke, the film’s efficiency comes from the repetition of events and camera movements. Between unfair punishment and language reduced to insults, the borstal is a hell where the administrative strictness of the director is nothing more than an official, but just as appalling, form of the violence inherent to human relations” (Didier Peron). Borstals were abolished three years after Scum was released in cinemas. The film, “where the inevitable explosion of revolt leads only to heightened repression” (Peron), is filled with a chilling pessimism and leaves audiences “with no answers but many questions” (Philippe Azoury).
CAST AND CREW
Cast : Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth, John Blundell
Screenplay : Roy Minton
Cinematography : Phil Meheux
Editing : Michael Bradsell
Sound : David John
Production : Berwick Street Productions, Boyd's Company, Kendon Films Ltd.
French distributor : Impex Films