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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.

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Mike Newell

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David Leland (by)
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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 ... Alison Cooper
Jesse Birdsall ... Barry
Kwame Kwei-Armah 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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19 June 1983 (UK) See more »

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

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1.33 : 1
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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.


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