Alan Clarke (1979)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Originally written for the BBC's Play for Today series, Roy Minton's stark, bruising drama about conditions inside a juvenile detention centre was banned by the BBC in 1978. Having published a novelisation of the play, Minton persuaded director Alan Clarke to make this cinema version on a shoestring budget the following year. Beefing up the incidents that had informed dozens of Hollywood prison pictures, Minton presents an uncompromising picture of borstal life, made all the more shocking by Clarke's docudramatic approach - the scenes of sexual and physical violence still have the power to revolt and arouse anger. An explosive turn from young Ray Winstone as tough, new inmate Carlin adds to the brutal mix.


In a young offenders' institution, reason constantly gives way to violence and brutality, forcing those dragged into the system to resort to ever more vicious methods to survive. Drama, based on Roy Minton's banned TV play, starring Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth and John Blundell.

Cast & Crew

Carlin Ray Winstone
Archer Mick Ford
Davis Julian Firth
Banks John Blundell
Sands John Judd
Richards Phil Daniels
Eckersly Ray Burdis
Angel Alrick Riley
Director Alan Clarke
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: G.T.O. FilmsGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD