2 user 2 critic

Birth of a Nation (1983)

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.


Mike Newell


David Leland (by)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mekas leads an archival avant-garde, a fast-paced parade of 160 underground film people he captured on film over four decades, described as, "160 portraits or rather appearances, sketches ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Chantal Akerman, Kenneth Anger, Michel Auder
Flying Into the Wind (TV Movie 1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Wyatts wish to educate their children at home, but the education authorities have other ideas. Moving between 1969 and 1980, we see how this affects the various individuals and attitudes.

Director: Edward Bennett
Stars: Graham Crowden, Derrick O'Connor, Rynagh O'Grady
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An isolated, overweight girl with a penchant for shoplifting, gets pushed from pillar to post as the authorities struggle to know what to do with her.

Director: Jane Howell
Stars: Deltha McLeod, Andrew Partridge, Michael Buffong
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three adolescent war orphans seclude themselves in an anarchic and playful existence of denial and juvenile joy.

Director: Juraj Jakubisko
Stars: Philippe Avron, Jirí Sýkora, Magda Vásáryová
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A scholar, tasked to copy a sutra, meets with a mysterious old lady and her daughter in the mountains.

Director: King Hu
Stars: Chun Shih, Feng Hsu, Sylvia Chang
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Richard Dix, Fay Wray, Victor Kilian
To Encourage the Others (TV Movie 1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of Derek Bentley, whose conviction and execution for a murder committed by someone else provoked a public revulsion.

Director: Alan Clarke
Stars: Charles Bolton, Billy Hamon, Roland Culver
Made in Britain (TV Movie 1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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 »

Director: Alan Clarke
Stars: Tim Roth, Terry Richards, Bill Stewart
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Bill is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by his wife, so that she can enter into a lesbian ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter
Horace (TV Movie 1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Diabetic Horace is mentally impaired and works in a joke shop. He befriends loner schoolboy, Gordon Blackett who retreats from his loveless home into an imaginary world.

Director: Alan Clarke
Stars: Barry Jackson, Stephen Tantum, Talfryn Thomas


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Geoff Figg
Robert Stephens ... Vic Griffiths
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Twentyman
Richard Butler Richard Butler ... Mr. Griff
Fred Pearson ... Mr. Hodgeson
Peggy Ann Clifford Peggy Ann Clifford ... Miss Martlett (as Peggyann Clifford)
William Hoyland William Hoyland ... Mr. James
Bruce Payne ... Barratt
Kay Stonham Kay Stonham ... Miss Denton
Ray Mort ... Whittaker
Terry John Terry John ... Sergeant Powell
Gillian Davey Gillian Davey ... Miss Pointer
Suzanna Hamilton Suzanna Hamilton ... Alison Cooper
Jesse Birdsall ... Barry
Kwame Kwei-Armah Kwame Kwei-Armah ... Paul (as Ian Roberts)


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

19 June 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales Out of School: Birth of a Nation See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Followed by R.H.I.N.O.; Really Here in Name Only (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Educational and Disturbing
30 June 2018 | by texxas-1See all my reviews

This shows what comprehensive schools were really like in the 80s. Forget the unrealistic Grange Hill with the goodlooking cast of rough but good hearted working class kids, Birth of a nation shows the disturbing truth. Class after class of ugly, aggressive teenagers. Thick, hateful savages with speech impediments. It felt like I was watching a documentary.

Birth of a nation was clearly made as a piece of political properganda that focuses on how corporal punishment doesn't work. And how qualifications in comprehensive schools are worthless because there are no jobs for unemployable thickos who spend their days smoking behind the bikeshed and extorting money from younger children.

Thank God for smartphones and zero hour contracts, because apparently bored school leavers who couldn't get jobs in those days would hang around outside the school gates to be antisocial. What saddos. Wouldn't they be happier at home in front of the TV?

Jim Broadbent (aka Roy Slater in OFAH) was believable as a teacher because he was so ugly. But I found some of the messages in this film bizarre. Like how one of the teachers pulled his pants down on school grounds while looking at a poster of a naked women and then proceeded to wear a thong. Were they insinuating he's gay and getting off on spanking the boys?

Despite how miserable and bleak it was, I actually enjoyed watching it because I felt like I was watching something real, not the fake, sugar-coated, rubbish that tries to cover up reality.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed