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Birth of a Nation (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  19 June 1983 (UK)
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A new teacher at a highly problematic comprehensive school feels that corporal punishment may just be inflaming the problems, and so begins to campaign against it.

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Geoff Figg
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Vic Griffiths
Bruce Myers ...
Twentyman
Richard Butler ...
Mr. Griff
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Mr. Hodgeson
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Miss Martlett (as Peggyann Clifford)
William Hoyland ...
Mr. James
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Barratt
Kay Stonham ...
Miss Denton
Ray Mort ...
Whittaker
Terry John ...
Sergeant Powell
Gillian Davey ...
Miss Pointer
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Alison Cooper
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Barry
Kwame Kwei-Armah ...
Paul (as Ian Roberts)
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A new teacher at a highly problematic comprehensive school feels that corporal punishment may just be inflaming the problems, and so begins to campaign against it.

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Harrowingly apocalyptic representation of a British comprehensive school in the early 1980s
19 March 2003 | by (Chester, England) – See all my reviews

One of a series of films made for television, scripted by David Leland in the early 1980s - all of them absolutely classic. The most well known of the films is Made in Britain starring Tim Roth as a glue-sniffing, car-thieving skinhead going completely off his head. Another, Flying into the Wind, was until recently an English Literature examination text - about a family who take their son out of mainstream education, and the legal battle that ensues. Unlike Made in Britain, Birth of a Nation is not available on video, as far as I know. Which is a shame because I remember it as being equally powerful, and broader in scope. Jim Broadbent (Oscar winner in 2002) plays Mr. Figg, an embattled teacher in a secondary school the institutional credibility of which is rapidly falling apart. A great scene shows him teaching sex education, writing the words "W***ing" and "Masturbation" on the blackboard in huge letters and then leading a class discussion on the subject. While Mr. Figg just about makes it through the day, others are less able to take the strain. The school is besieged by ex-pupils who make periodic vandalistic raids on the buildings. Towards the end a bottle of acid is thrown from the school roof, smashing on the Chemistry teacher's head.

This was great "State of the Nation" television. Unfortunately, tv producers no longer have the guts or the inclination to sponsor this kind of provocative drama. And Mike Newell has somehow turned into the director of Four Weddings And a Funeral! Sigh . . .


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