Directed by: Alan Clarke
Starring: Ray Winstone (Carlin), Mick Ford (Archer), Peter Howell (Governor)
Country: UK, European Cinema
Language: English (English subs)
Genres: Teensploitation, Racism, Rape-Men
Plot – Spoilers:
Three teenagers arrive at a notorious borstal run by a rabidly Christian Governor and his nasty staff. One of the teens Carlin gets special attention from the wardens as he was sent there for assaulting a warden at his previous borstal.
Carlin soon has to fight established gangs whose leaders see him as a threat to their Daddy status. There’s also the constant threat of violence from the brutal and sadistic wardens. He makes a friend in Archer, whose sole goal is to piss the authorities off while walking the fine edges of the rule books.
Scum is a grim portrayal of the flawed youth detention system in Britain and wasn’t allowed to be broadcast on television for several years.