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Tales Out of School - Four Plays by David Leland DVD


These four television films originally screened by Channel 4 in 1983 brought the emerging writing talent of former actor David Leland to national attention. He would subsequently win a BAFTA Award for his directorial debut Wish You Were Here and an Emmy Award for his contribution to Band of Brothers and work on screenplays for Mona Lisa and Personal Services. Featuring early roles for Tim Roth and Jim Broadbent the plays form a scathing portrait of British society in the early 1980s focusing in particular on the polarisation of attitudes towards the role and methods of education in an increasingly fragmented society. Without overtly offering solutions Leland s plays depict - often with unnerving acuity and foresight - the experience of individuals within systems that have become inadequate in dealing with the fallout of social breakdown. Of the four plays presented here Made in Britain directed by Alan Clarke (Scum) inevitably aroused the strongest controversy with Tim Roth s astonishing portrayal of a nihilistic racist teenage skinhead captured by Chris Menges innovative cinematography; the screenplay won Leland the Prix Italia in 1983. Birth Of A Nation: Featuring Jim Broadbent the play dramatises the conflict between old authoritarian teaching methods and the more relaxed approach of progressive educationalists. Flying Into The Wind: Graham Crowden stars in a play depicting the battle between parents who want to home-educate their children and the local education authority. R.H.I.N.O.: The harrowing story of Angela a disenfranchised young black girl living in 1980s London and her encounters with a well-meaning but often ineffectual social system. Made In Britain: Directed by Alan Clarke Tim Roth makes his TV debut as a hate-filled teenage skinhead on a self-destructive campaign destined to lead to permanent incarceration.

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Collection of four made-for-TV films, written by David Leland, which paint a picture of Thatcher's Britain in the early 1980s. 'Flying Into the Wind' (1982) stars Graham Crowden in a story of parents who wish to remove their children from the education system and have them home schooled. 'Made in Britain' (1982) is a critically acclaimed study of alienation and disaffection starring Tim Roth. Skinhead Trevor (Roth) is a car thief with no regard whatsoever for authority figures. His social worker realizes that Trevor is highly intelligent, but any attempts to control his behaviour have disastrous results - Trevor is set on the road to self-destruction. 'Birth of a Nation' (1982) follows Mr Figg (Jim Broadbent), an old-fashioned school teacher who is forced, abruptly, to face up to the changing ways of teaching. Finally, 'R.H.I.N.O.' (1982) follows Angela (Deltha McLeod), a black girl living in London, trying to deal with the inequalities of a changing society.

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