Directed by Alan Clarke and released in it’s home country of England in 1982.
An essential film for any Brit to watch. Every piece of dialogue is hard hitting and as brutally honest as any film about the culture of this country should be. Despite being incredibly relevant when it was made, this is so much more relevant to today’s society. The pivotal scene in the room with the chalkboard will go down in my eyes as one of the most powerful scenes in British cinema. Tim Roth’s performance is incredible and his best performance by far.
Alan Clarke will always be the best British filmmaker for me, from the late ’60s he produced brutally honest films, even when injected with humour (see Rita, Sue & Bob Too), eventually his honesty got him banned from TV (see Scum). Finishing his career with the gritty and uncompromising Elephant (one of my favourite films of all time) was the best way for him to go. Easily the best British filmmaker, any Brit needs to watch everything he’s done.