Teenage Rampage Series: Scum
Teen Rampage: Juvenile Delinquents on Film
A series curated and hosted by Kier-La Janisse
Saturday, January 9th
Alan Clarke’s Scum (original BBC version)
DJ Mod Marty at 3:30pm
Screening at 4pm
Aqua Books – 274 Garry St.
The son of a bricklayer who also spent some time as a laborer before studying acting and directing in Canada, Alan Clarke (who died in 1990) got his start at the BBC in the 1960s. By 1977, he had directed his explosive and controversial television feature, Scum, starring Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) as a survivor at a corrupt and brutal juvenile prison. Harrowing, claustrophobic, and deeply tragic, Scum was banned by the BBC for graphic brutality (and, quite likely, criticism of the justice system), leading Clarke to remake it with Winstone and the same script as a 1979 theatrical release. The version screening here is the original BBC version.