Scum (1979) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Scum (1979) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Alan Clarke’s Scum (itself a remake of a BBC TV version from 1977) remains a sobering, brutal look into 70’s borstal life.  From suicide to rape, beatings to racism, it’s a film that doesn’t hold back for a second of it’s run time time.  At the centre was a career making performance for Ray Winstone, the new ‘Daddy’ on the block.  It’s a film that has been re-quoted in playgrounds for years and whose legend shines bright in the history of classic British cinema.  A must, if tough, watch.

Best Bit: I’m The Daddy Now.

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Quadrophenia,  Borstal Boy, Nill By Mouth

 


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Blog: Hyena – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Hyena – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Feeling like a cross between 90’s thriller Face and last years Under The Skin, Hyena will not be to everyone’s taste.  A dirty, gritty, oppressive corrupt cop crime thriller  with a stunning central performance by Ferdinando, Hyena is a classy affair managing to mix both traditional crime thriller cliches with a very modern vérité style that marks it out from the string of much lower budget classless affairs.  Okay it’s not perfect – there are few characters you care about and by the time the end happens you’ll either be proclaiming it’s genius or throwing your remote at the screen (I was VERY much the later option).  BUT Hyena is commanding stuff and well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Peter Ferdinando gives a career best performance

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Face, Nill By Mouth, Under The Skin

 

Author: Phil Hobden