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Made in Britain (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  25 February 1982 (UK)
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Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Trevor
Terry Richards ...
Errol
Bill Stewart ...
Peter Clive
Eric Richard ...
Harry Parker
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Superintendent
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Barry Giller
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Vass Anderson ...
Canteen Manager
Madelenine Athansi
Allister Bain ...
Hopkins
David Baldwin ...
Leroy
Kim Benson ...
Job Centre Girl #1
John Bleasdale ...
Policeman #1
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Policeman #2
Catherine Clarke ...
Job Centre Girl #2
Frankie Cosgrave ...
Viv Parker (as Frankie Cosgrove)
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Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His social worker, Harry Parker, tries to do his best, but Trevor is only interested when there's something that he can get out of it. The authorities within the centre try to make Trevor conform to the norms of society, but he takes no notice, and would rather speak in a torrent of four-letter words and racial abuse. Written by Dominic Robinson <mcclane@sound.demon.co.uk>

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Trevor is an angry young man.

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Tales Out of School: Made in Britain  »

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The story goes that Tim Roth got the lead role by accident. He stumbled into the theater where auditions were being held as he was looking to borrow a bicycle pump. See more »

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Trevor the Skinhead: You got something useful I can do while I'm waiting for a job? I've got ten O levels, seven A levels, I speak fluent punjabi and chapati.
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Referenced in Tim Roth: Made in Britain (2000) See more »

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Just adding to the praise...
11 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I first saw this episode of a few in the series when it was first released and was immediately taken by the story, as well as the performance of Tim Roth.

At the time I tried to find more things that Roth had done on his performance alone in Made In Britain but couldn't. Only years later, thanks to IMDB (cheers guys) did I realise that it was his first major role.

Back to the film. Set in the London I know I could relate to Trevor (Roth) as I was experiencing a similar thing at the time. A youth pushed into an attitude related to the Thatcher ideals of that time which kicked against the system of authority and its patronising values. The film (although intended as a television programme, but now can be viewed as a film in its own right) had all the zeitgeist required for one living in Britain, especially London, at that time. My friends and I spoke of it with much praise as we could relate to its sentiments. Events like the Brixton riots were indicative of such feelings.

Can this film still be relevant today? Frankly, yes. Britain was changing back in '81-'82 in many ways and appears to be swinging in a similar way once again. Only time will tell.

It is a gritty, documentary-style film that holds little back of an individual on a collision course with the imagined or real oppressor. Self-destructing because he feels it is his only freedom. Engaging and somewhat prophetic. You choose. I have not seen the film for many years now but relish the opportunity to view it again.


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