Directed by Alan Clarke
NEW DCP FROM 2K RESTORATION COMING SOON! A landmark expose of Britain's violent reform schools, Alan Clarke's SCUM is a controversial shock to the system. Originally made for TV in 1977, the BBC withheld the program from release, due to its intense depictions of suicide, rape and racism. Refusing to be censored, Clarke reshot the film as a theatrical feature in 1979, making his attack on the borstal system even more scathing, and it is the latter, more vitriolic version that is included on this disc.
SCUM tells the story of Carlin (Ray Winstone, The Departed), a new reform school inmate with a reputation as a hard case. The authorities encourage gang leader Pongo (John Blundell) to humble Carlin, but he beats Pongo down and takes over the mantle of Daddy. The guards institute a reign of terror and neglect, with Carlin emerging as an unlikely leader. One of the most important British features of the last 35 years, SCUM still packs a wallop.
"Visually muted and disturbingly quiet, the film has the icy cold aesthetic of a Kubrick picture (think the dream sequences found within a film like A Clockwork Orange) and yet has the lyricism and beauty of a Gus Van Sant film. Filled with breathtaking tracking shots, this film is extremely touch to watch and yet impossible to turn away from." - CriterionCast
"...this fantastic remastered edition comes packed with excellent picture, good sound and some insightful interviews and commentary that will be of great interest for fans and newcomers alike. Recommended." - High Def Digest
"A CULT CLASSIC...a triumphant merging of British social realism and exploitation cinema." - DVD Verdict
"It may not be as celebrated as the social realist films of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, but Alan Clarke's Scum was and is just as vital, a gritty juvie drama that set out to expose the cruelty and dehumanizing effect of Britain's borstal rehabilitation system...Highly recommended!" - Blu-ray.com
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