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Plot: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the ‘tough’ new inmate and the ‘old hands’. This film is a re-make, by the same director and writer, of a 1977 BBC teleplay banned before broadcast [see Scum (1991)].
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difficult to watch, but worth seeing once
I’ve now seen this movie several times, although admittedly watching it can hardly be classed as a ‘pleasure’. Alan Clarke made this feature after his TV play from two years earlier was banned, and perhaps had more freedom here to explore the issues.
Carlin (an early, showy appearance from Ray Winstone) is sent to Borstal where he quickly establishes himself as a tough boy with a regime of strength. Typical Winstone performance in many ways. In the prison with him are his shadow Richards (played by Phil Daniels); cynical, bare-footed Archer (Mick Ford, these days more often seen the other side of the law in such dramas as ‘Silent Witness’); black inmate Angel (Davidson Knight); and quiet Davis, the boy who gets picked on for being a loner (a quite staggering performance from Julian Firth, who never really lived up to this early promise).
Scum is uncompromising – violent (there’s a rape which leaves little to the imagination, a suicide, several fights); scathing in its condemnation of the ‘system’ (which thankfully is not like this now) – and yet finds time for character development and convincing plot. Without any music it is purely presented in documentary style, matter-of-fact ‘this is how it is’.
Not a fun movie, but one which tries to make a point, and, if nothing else, has the power to shock and make you remember certain sections for a long time after viewing. Recommended.
Gripping and shocking
I’d had the opportunity to watch Scum a long time before I actually did, and I was always turned off it by the very sensationalist box and taglines. I’ve never been a fan of “The film they tried to ban” and similar phrases being used as advertisement for a film, so when I sat down to watch the film today I was very surprised.
It doesn’t need phrases like that to advertise it – it’s bleak and horrific, and should be advertised as a serious drama rather than some kind of exciting gore-fest. As well as being powerful and thought provoking, it’s gripping too, and you won’t feel bored when watching it. Although there is a lot of stuff crammed in there, and some scenes are very prolonged, at just over and hour and a half it’s the perfect length to achieve what it sets out to do. This is one film you won’t be bored watching.
I’m actually surprised that this film doesn’t have more of a recognition or following nowadays, and isn’t seen in the last light as Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” and Lindsay Anderson’s “If…”.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Alan Clarke
Writer Roy Minton
Actors Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth, John Blundell
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 IIA
Laboratory Kay Laboratories, London, UK (production processing) (as Kay Laboratories)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm