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Scum

4

Ray Winstone has firmly established himself as a rangey, soulful actor who even retained dignity in King Arthur. But the thing drunken wags still shout at him in the street? “Oi, Ray! Who’s the daddy now?” Scum is a short, sharp, shocking film whose message about the pointless brutalisation of young offenders has been smothered by notoriety. The original 1977 TV version (included here) was banned by an overly squeamish BBC and reshot for theatrical release in 1979. In both, Winstone is fresh and raw as menacing transfer Carlin, who, after much provocation, aggressively asserts his alpha-male status. Watch it back to back with Made In Britain for a fun evening of retro ’70s social injustice and nonconsensual sodomy.

 

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