"Director: Alan Clarke"

  • Penda's Fen (Limited Edition Blu-ray)Penda's Fen (Limited Edition Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (23/05/2016) from £14.59   |  Saving you £5.40 (37.01%)   |  RRP £19.99

    During the last summer of his boyhood, Stephen has a very clear and intense view of the world. Awakening a buried force in the landscape around his home, he finds it trying to communicate some warning, a peril he is in; some secret knowledge; some choice he must make, some mission for which he is marked down. In one young man's search for his sense of self, writer David Rudkin takes us on a magnificently ambiguous metaphysical journey quite unlike any other TV play. The cult status of Penda's Fen is no doubt due to its potent mix of mysticism, music and landscape which taps into an elemental truth about who we are and our pagan past. Directed by Alan Clarke (Scum, The Firm) Penda's Fen is widely considered to be writer David Rudkin's finest work. Remastered in HD and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time.

  • Scum [1979]Scum | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £11.99

    Raw, violent and shocking, Scum is a compelling story set in a contemporary Borstal.

  • Penda's Fen (DVD)Penda's Fen (DVD) | DVD | (23/05/2016) from £8.49   |  Saving you £11.50 (135.45%)   |  RRP £19.99

    During the last summer of his boyhood, Stephen has a very clear and intense view of the world. Awakening a buried force in the landscape around his home, he finds it trying to communicate some warning, a peril he is in; some secret knowledge; some choice he must make, some mission for which he is marked down. In one young man's search for his sense of self, writer David Rudkin takes us on a magnificently ambiguous metaphysical journey quite unlike any other TV play. The cult status of Penda's Fen is no doubt due to its potent mix of mysticism, music and landscape which taps into an elemental truth about who we are and our pagan past. Directed by Alan Clarke (Scum, The Firm) Penda's Fen is widely considered to be writer David Rudkin's finest work. Remastered in HD and presented on DVD for the very first time.

  • The Firm (Gary Oldman)The Firm (Gary Oldman) | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £8.97   |  Saving you £0.01 (0.17%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Gary Oldman is Bex Bissek a respetable estate agent who loves his wife loves his son and loves his violence. Bex is the leader of a gang of football supporters known as the Inter-City Crew; his firm. He plans to unite rival firms and lead them all to the European Championship in Germany a chance to take on the locals. But that's a position he's going to have to fight for. With its graphic scenes of running battles with knives sledgehammers and baseball bats The Firm caused huge controversy and there were demands for it to be banned. As The Sun newspaper reported it is the most powerful and disturbing drama since Scum.

  • Rita, Sue and Bob Too (DVD + Blu-ray)Rita, Sue and Bob Too (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (22/05/2017) from £12.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    British films about sex are fairly rare, and mostly embarrassing: from the painfully anxious (Brief Encounter) to the hopelessly naff (the Carry On films). What a treat then is Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Alan Clarke's filming of a stage play by young Andrea Dunbar. It's an unsentimental, gleefully lewd comedy about shagging. Tagged for its cinema release in 1987 as "Thatcher's Britain with its knickers down", it even provoked a minor moral hullabaloo in the newspapers. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two giggly Bradford lasses stuck on a ramshackle housing estate. They keep themselves in fags by occasional baby-sitting for nouveau riche couple Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). Bob fancies himself rotten, but Michelle has ruled that sex is off the menu. So one night, driving Rita and Sue home, Bob detours to the Yorkshire moors and offers the girls a little something extra in his front seat. Rita and Sue decide to grab it while they can. Alan Clarke's cult following is founded on his bleak, brilliant films about violent young men (Scum, The Firm, Made in Britain). But Rita, Sue is a tribute to Clarkey's ribald sense of humour. It even sports a cameo from novelty pop-act Black Lace, performing their non-hit "Gang-Bang". Teenage debutantes Holmes and Finneran are terrific--just watch them dancing lustily around Bob's red leather sofa to Bananarama. In support, Clarke wisely cast skilled northern comedians like Patti Nicholls and Willie Ross, as Sue's foul-mouthed mum and dad. Amid the laughs, Clarke as usual doesn't stint from showing us the harsh, unlovely side of life. He shot the film on location at Bradford's Buttershaw estate, where Andrea Dunbar grew up and where, tragically, she died of a brain haemorrhage only a few years after the film's release. --Richard Kelly

  • Scum [1977]Scum | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Raw, violent and shocking, Scum is a compelling story set in a contemporary Borstal.

  • Made In Britain [1982]Made In Britain | DVD | (03/09/2007) from £4.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (220.44%)   |  RRP £15.99

    From a fact-based screenplay by David Leland (Wish You Were Here) and directed by master film-maker Alan Clarke (Rita Sue and Bob Too) Made In Britain is one of the most memorable feature-length TV dramas of the 1980s. Trevor is a teenage Skinhead caught smashing the windows of a Pakistani owned shop he is sent to an assessment centre by social worker Harry (Eric Richard - The Bill) where it is discovered he is highly articulate and intelligent. But when he escapes steals cars and goes bersek can Harry still save him?

  • Rita, Sue And Bob Too [1987]Rita, Sue And Bob Too | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    British films about sex are fairly rare, and mostly embarrassing: from the painfully anxious (Brief Encounter) to the hopelessly naff (the Carry On films). What a treat then is Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Alan Clarke's filming of a stage play by young Andrea Dunbar. It's an unsentimental, gleefully lewd comedy about shagging. Tagged for its cinema release in 1987 as "Thatcher's Britain with its knickers down", it even provoked a minor moral hullabaloo in the newspapers. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two giggly Bradford lasses stuck on a ramshackle housing estate. They keep themselves in fags by occasional baby-sitting for nouveau riche couple Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). Bob fancies himself rotten, but Michelle has ruled that sex is off the menu. So one night, driving Rita and Sue home, Bob detours to the Yorkshire moors and offers the girls a little something extra in his front seat. Rita and Sue decide to grab it while they can. Alan Clarke's cult following is founded on his bleak, brilliant films about violent young men (Scum, The Firm, Made in Britain). But Rita, Sue is a tribute to Clarkey's ribald sense of humour. It even sports a cameo from novelty pop-act Black Lace, performing their non-hit "Gang-Bang". Teenage debutantes Holmes and Finneran are terrific--just watch them dancing lustily around Bob's red leather sofa to Bananarama. In support, Clarke wisely cast skilled northern comedians like Patti Nicholls and Willie Ross, as Sue's foul-mouthed mum and dad. Amid the laughs, Clarke as usual doesn't stint from showing us the harsh, unlovely side of life. He shot the film on location at Bradford's Buttershaw estate, where Andrea Dunbar grew up and where, tragically, she died of a brain haemorrhage only a few years after the film's release. --Richard Kelly

  • Scum (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]Scum (Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (24/06/2019) from £20.65   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    After the banning of their original 1977 BBC TV version, director Alan Clarke (The Firm) and writer Phil Minton (Funny Farm) set out to remake their drama for the big screen to ensure that their vision got the audience it deserved. The resulting film, released here in a special Blu-ray edition to mark its 40th anniversary, was an even more vitriolic portrait of a corrupt and violent institution which stunned cinema audiences and caused outrage. Uncompromising in its depiction of everyday violence, retribution, suicide and sexual assault, Scum remains a cornerstone of the British realist cinema movement, and a savage and still shocking indictment of institutionalised violence and abuse. Limited Edition Features: 2013 2K restoration from the original negatives, newly re-graded and approved by cinematographer Phil Méheux Original mono audio Audio commentary with actor Ray Winstone and film critic Nigel Floyd (2006) Interview with actor Mick Ford (2019) Interview with actor Ray Burdis (2019) Interview with actor Perry Benson (2019) Interview with cinematographer Phil Méheux (2019) Interviews with association producer Martin Campbell (2019) Interview with producer Don Boyd (2019) Interview with editor Michael Bradsell (2019) Cast Memories (2005): featuring interviews with Phil Daniels and Julian Firth Archival interview with writer Roy Minton and producer Clive Parsons (2004) Archival interview with writer Roy Minton (2005) Archival interview with producers Davina Belling and Clive Parsons (2005) Archival interview with producer Don Boyd (2005) Original ˜U' and ˜X' certificate theatrical trailers Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Ashley Clark, recollections from cast and crew members, archival interviews with Alan Clarke, an extract from writer Roy Minton's novelisation, a look at Mary Whitehouse's High Court case over the film's television broadcast, an overview of contemporary critical responses, archival articles, and film credits Limited Edition of 5,000 copies All extras subject to change

  • Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [DVD]Plays for Britain - The Complete Series | DVD | (02/09/2013) from £7.49   |  Saving you £12.50 (166.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    This hard-hitting anthology series continued the single-play format that had proved so successful with ITV's legendary Armchair Theatre, presenting six contemporary plays by writers at relatively early stages in their careers. The keynote is a provocative realism: Stephen Poliakoff's Hitting Town is an intense portrayal of siblings who find refuge from their bleak lives in one incestuous night; Roger McGough's The Life Swappers is a darkly comic take on the theme of exchanged identities; Howa...

  • Rita, Sue and Bob TooRita, Sue and Bob Too | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £5.38   |  Saving you £14.61 (271.56%)   |  RRP £19.99

    In the north of England teenage girls Sue (Michelle Holmes) and Rita (Siobhan Finneran) earn themselves some extra pennies babysitting for middle-class suburban couple Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). Bob offers to drive the girls home but instead takes them over to the moors where he proposes a menage a trois. All three enjoy the experience so much that they begin to repeat it on a regular basis but complications soon ensue...

  • Dissent & Disruption: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC (Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set)Dissent & Disruption: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC (Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set) | Blu Ray | (13/06/2016) from £186.28   |  Saving you £-36.29 (N/A%)   |  RRP £149.99

    Although probably best remembered for the controversial and groundbreaking dramas Scum, Made in Britain and The Firm, the breadth of Alan Clarke's radical, political, innovative, inspirational work, along with his influence on generations of filmmakers, such as Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengrass, Andrea Arnold, Harmony Korine, Clio Barnard, Shane Meadows, should see him rightly regarded as one of Britain's greatest ever filmmaking talents. This long-overdue collection finally brings together all twenty-three of the surviving stand-alone BBC TV dramas that Alan Clarke directed between 1969 and 1989, including such neglected classics as To Encourage the Others, Horace, Penda's Fen, Diane, Contact, Christine and Elephant, and also includes Scum and the first ever presentation of Clarke's original Director's Cut of The Firm, assembled from his personal answer print, discovered in 2015. Among the extensive extras, which include David Leland introductions, extracts from BBC discussion shows Open Air and Tonight and newly-produced documentaries and audio commentaries, this Limited Edition 13-Disc Box Set also includes a bonus DVD of Clarke's Half Hour Story episodes, made for Associated Rediffusion during the late-60s. Extras: All BBC TV filmed productions newly remastered in HD; all VT productions newly remastered in SD Alan Clarke: Out of His Own Light (2016): multi-part documentary, featuring actors, writers and producers Arena ˜When is a Play Not a Play?' (1978): archive BBC TV documentary exploring the impact of then-new TV plays that blurred the lines between documentary and drama Plus: Audio commentaries; Extracts from BBC TV discussion programmes Open Air and Tonight; David Leland introductions; previously-unseen Clarke material Extensive booklet with new essays by writers including Richard Kelly, David Rolinson, Lizzie Francke, Nick Wrigley, Ashley Clark and Kaleem Aftab, with an introduction by Danny Leigh and a foreword by Molly Clarke Bonus DVD including seven of Alan Clarke's Half Hour Story episodes made for Associated Redifussion: Shelter (1967), The Gentleman Caller (1967, previously considered lost), George's Room (1967), Goodnight Albert (1968), Stella (1968), The Fifty Seventh Saturday (1968) and Thief (1968, previously considered lost)

  • The Firm: Director's Cut (Blu-ray)The Firm: Director's Cut (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (23/05/2016) from £14.59   |  Saving you £5.40 (37.01%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Gary Oldman is Clive ˜Bex' Bissell, an intelligent family man with a good job, who also happens to be the leader of the notorious East London hooligan firm, the Inner City Crew. Bex plans to unite rival gangs into a national firm to take to the European Championships, but that will mean defeating Oboe's Birmingham crew and the South London Buccaneers led by arch rival Yeti (Phil Davis). As Bex's craving for violence becomes an obsession, events spiral out of control. Alan Clarke's unflinching drama courted much controversy when it was first broadcast in a toned down version on the BBC. Now, it is rightly considered a masterpiece, due in no small part to the brilliance of Oldman's central performance one of the finest of his career. Newly transferred in HD, and available on Blu-ray for the very first time, The Firm is presented here in two versions: the never-before-seen Director's Cut, which re-instates a number of bold sequences previously considered too controversial for audiences; and the original BBC TV broadcast version. The complete Alan Clarke at the BBC is also available in DVD and Blu-ray box sets from the BFI.

  • Tales Out of School - Four Plays by David Leland [DVD]Tales Out of School - Four Plays by David Leland | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £13.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (78.63%)   |  RRP £24.99

    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.

  • Tales Out Of School - Four Plays by David Leland [Blu-ray] [1983]Tales Out Of School - Four Plays by David Leland | Blu Ray | (04/07/2011) from £36.43   |  Saving you £-6.44 (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    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.

  • Made In Britain [1982]Made In Britain | DVD | (25/07/2005) from £8.68   |  Saving you £-2.69 (-44.90%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Written by David Leland and directed by Alan Clarke, Made in Britain is a slice of horrible but not inaccurate life from 1982. It holds a terrific early performance from Tim Roth as a skinhead with a swastika caste-mark tattoo, who constantly bares shark-like teeth as he spits embittered, articulate defiance at caring social workers and truncheon-wielding policemen alike. Sixteen-year-old Trevor (Roth) is remanded to an assessment centre before sentencing, but remains determined to disobey the rules imposed on him by any authority figures and spends the whole 73-minute play challenging the system to smack him back down, by vandalising the Job Centre, using his case-file as a toilet, stealing cars, victimising members of the "immigrant community" and shouting bile at people. The cycle that will lead him to an adult life in prison is explained to him with blackboard diagrams, but he believes he's better off keeping his hatred burning than toeing the line to end up as a no-hoper in a society that prizes obedience over conscience. It was originally televised as one of four Leland-filmed dramas about different aspects of the British education system, which made it seem less monomaniacal in its focus on an extreme case. There's no denying that it's an honest portrait of a monster calculated to terrify even the most concerned liberals which still manages to celebrate his self-destructive defiance. A film for television rather than a TV play, it has very strong language but the violence is all in Roth's face.On the DVD: No extra features here, but it does come with optional English sub-titles, and the theme song by the Exploited over the menu. --Kim Newman

  • Classic Films Triple - Prick Up Your Ears/Made in Britain/Meantime [1982]Classic Films Triple - Prick Up Your Ears/Made in Britain/Meantime | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: Made In Britain: Tim Roth made an unforgettable screen debut as the tattooed contemptuous racist Trevor. Made In Britain depicts his relationship with Harry and the reasons behind his violence with documentary-style naturalism. Filmed on location in London Made In Britain is one of the most memorable feature-length TV dramas of the 1980s. Prick Up Your Ears: Joe Orton was one of the 1960s golden boys from working class Leicester lad to national celebrity from sexual innocent to grinning satyr from penniless student to icon of Swinging London. He became a star by breaking the rules - sexual and theatrical. But while his plays including Loot What the Butler Saw and Entertaining Mr Sloane were hugely successful his private life was sometimes sordid often farcical and ended in tragedy... Meantime: A drama which centres on the Pollack family who live in a council house in East London whose lives are affected by unemployment and boredom...

  • Alan Clarke at the BBC, Volume 2: Disruption (6-DVD Box Set)Alan Clarke at the BBC, Volume 2: Disruption (6-DVD Box Set) | DVD | (13/06/2016) from £47.99   |  Saving you £22.00 (45.84%)   |  RRP £69.99

    Although probably best remembered for the controversial and groundbreaking dramas Scum, Made in Britain and The Firm, the breadth of Alan Clarke's radical, political, innovative, inspirational work, along with his influence on generations of filmmakers, such as Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengrass, Andrea Arnold, Harmony Korine, Clio Barnard, Shane Meadows, should see him rightly regarded as one of Britain's greatest ever filmmaking talents. This long-overdue box set brings together all of the surviving stand-alone BBC TV dramas that Alan Clarke directed between 1978-1989, including such neglected classics as Baal (starring David Bowie), Contact, Road and Christine, and also includes the first ever presentation of Clarke's original Director's Cut of The Firm, assembled from his personal answer print, discovered in 2015. Extensive extras include David Leland introductions, extracts from BBC discussion show Open Air, newly-produced documentaries and audio commentaries and material from Clarke's previously-unseen documentary Bukovsky (1977).

  • The FirmThe Firm | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £6.73   |  Saving you £9.26 (137.59%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Bex a seemingly respectable estate agent is also a football hooligan and general of a notorious gang of thugs. Determined to lead a national ""firm"" into Europe Bex brings together rival gangs. But in taking on Yeti he gets more than he bargained for.

  • Billy The Kid And The Green Baize VampireBilly The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    ""When I've finished with the Green Baize Vampire he's gonna need a blood transfusion a brain transplant and a set of National Health railings!"" This comedy-horror-musical pits new boy on the block Billy the Kid (Phil Daniels) against the old man on the block The Green Baize Vampire Maxwell Randall (Alun Armstrong) in a battle of surreal snooker. It's one hell of a grudge match that's for sure! Directed by Alan Clarke (Scum).

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