Movies Scum (1979, Ray Winstone, Mick Ford) Published 3 months ago on November 15, 2018 When Roy Minton’s powerful and controversial television play Scum was banned by the BBC from being transmitted, it was seen by a number of leading critics, among them Stephen Gilbert who wrote in The Observer : ‘Within the naturalistic framework there’s a rattling good tale in the staunch tradition of Hollywood liberalism. The hero, a clear victim of injustice, overcomes the system, holds to his integrity, vanquishes the villains and establishes a new and, it’s implied, more principled order … ‘ Producers Clive Parsons and Davina Belling read Gilbert’s piece and, says Parsons, ‘At that stage we were seeking a film project that was intrinsically about life but of universal appeal without being parochial, something that had real guts and substance rather than a piece of candy floss.’ And so, after seeing the banned television film, Parsons and Belling bought the screen rights and made the screen version of Scum with Minton scripting the compelling story of life in a contemporary Borstal, an institution run by violence and brutality rather than reason and where a boy who is able to fight his way to the top of the heap can gain respect of both his fellow inmates and the prison officers. Alan Clarke, who had made the banned television play, again directed with sensitivity and brilliance, eliciting from his then largely unknown cast natural and unforced performances which added to the impact of one of the major films of the Seventies. Clarke directs Roy Minton’s crusading screenplay with a controlled ferocity that makes no compromises. He shows us a hell in which the inmates and the screws are equally damned but the absolute power of the officers ensures their absolute damnation’. And The Sun commented that: ‘It is an important film and one which should be seen’, while Now! wrote: ‘It is brilliantly made, anger vibrating through every moment … it is a remarkably courageous film with outstanding performances’. The Sundav Telegraph reported: ‘It is a scorchingly fine film: I cannot remember the last time I saw a British picture so confident in the courage of its convictions’. production details UK | 98 minutes | 1979 Director: Alan Clarke Script: Roy Minton cast Ray Winstone as Carlin Mick Ford as Archer Julian Firth as Davis John Blundell as Banks Phil Daniels as Richards John Judd as Mr. Sands Philip Jackson as Greaves Peter Howell as Governor John Grillo as Goodyear Ray Burdis as Eckersley Alan Igbon as Meakin Bill Dean as Mr Duke John Fowler as Woods Jo Kendall as Matron Alrick Riley as Angel Sean Chapman as James Andrew Paul as Betts Patrick Murray as Dougan Herbert Norville as Toyne George Winter as Rhodes Nigel Humphreys as Taylor Perry Benson as Formby Peter Francis as Baldy P.H. Moriarty as Mr. Hunt Alan ClarkeAlan IgbonBill DeanCrimeDramaJohn BlundellJohn GrilloJohn JuddJulian FirthMick FordPeter HowellPhil DanielsPhilip JacksonRay BurdisRay WinstoneRoy Minton Advertisement advertisement and this just in Features1 day ago Classic Movie Characters: Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Terminator Before The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was viewed as little more than a B-list barbarian. But director James Cameron helped turn... Features1 day ago Classic Episodes: The Untouchables – The Rusty Heller Story In “The Rusty Heller Story,” Elizabeth Montgomery took Prohibition-era Chicago by storm as Heller, a seductive Dixie damsel who pits... TV1 day ago Time Trax (1993, Dale Midkiff, Elizabeth Alexander) SciFi action adventure series. Future cop Darien Lambert travels back in time in search of renegade criminals unable to return... TV1 day ago Three’s a Crowd (NBC 1984-1985, John Ritter, Mary Cadorette) Sitcom. 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