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Borstal (2017)

Set in 1971, Kris is sentenced to two years in a rural Borstal.

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Kris
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Governor Heywood
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Paddy Gibbons
Sonny Denham ...
Alan Welch
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Len Forshaw
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Sally Forshaw
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JJ
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Phil McGuinness
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Jim Hunt
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Moira
Rafe Bird ...
Andre
Frankie Clarence ...
Winnie Wilson
Billy James Machin ...
Jock Taylor
Darren James King ...
Kingy
Jema Gilsenan ...
Jema
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Set in 1971, Kris is sentenced to two years in a rural Borstal.

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Low Budget with Misleading DVD Cover
12 March 2017 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

The cover of this DVD does not really provide an accurate description of the movie. Goodness knows how anyone could review anything based on a cover! I have watched this film and whilst it appears to be a tough youth prison story like 'Scum' and 'Dog Pound' it is far from that. First thing anyone interested has to get to grips with is just how low budget this is. The scenes are sparsely furnished and you often get shots of the outside of dull buildings before the interior is shown. The telephones on desks are from the 50's and not typical of the ones that the GPO provided in the late 60's and early 70's when this was supposed to be set. It is noticeable just how few extras there are in the movie and how few actors there are. The story is fairly average with a few minor moments of violence which were not very convincing. I noticed that the film was overexposed in some parts and that also made the cost factor apparent. Some of the acting was relatively decent and the plot far from full of hostility and violence is quite warm. I doubt if this would be good enough to get a showing on UK Terrestrial TV channels and looks set to be a DVD only release. All things considered the movie is a huge let down if the DVD cover and notes have been the primary buying decision.


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