Part of the Alan Clarke season at BFI Southbank, this is a recently discovered cut of the director’s masterful study of psychopathy. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Clarke's daughter and other guests, which at present include producer David Thompson, writer David Leland and actor Ray Winstone. The post-film discussion will be chaired by Danny Leigh.
Here is the BFI introduction:
We’re proud to screen the recently discovered director’s cut of Alan Clarke’s swansong – a masterful study of psychopathy. A well-to-do estate agent (Oldman) is also the ‘top boy’ in a gang of brutal football hooligans who set up pitch battles with like-minded ‘tribes’ from other clubs, all getting off on the buzz of blood and violence. It’s a deeply unsettling and powerful film. Following the screening, critic and broadcaster Danny Leigh will host a discussion on Clarke’s uncompromising style, mercurial talent, legacy and the many filmmakers he’s inspired.
Here (and above) is writer David Leland introducing the film.