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Sus (2010)

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1979: Election Night - A police interview room. Delroy's pregnant wife has been found dead in a pool of blood and he is brought in as the chief suspect. He is interrogated by D.S. Karn, a ... See full summary »

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Robert Heath

Writers:

Barrie Keeffe (screenplay), Barrie Keeffe (play)
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Ralph Brown ... D.S. Karn
Clint Dyer ... Leon Delroy
Rafe Spall ... D.C. Wilby
Anjela Lauren Smith ... Georgie
Merlin Reeves-Dyer Merlin Reeves-Dyer ... Background Artist
Simone Reeves-Dyer Simone Reeves-Dyer ... Background Artist
Jordan Allen Jordan Allen ... Background Artist
Johanna Ambaye Johanna Ambaye ... Background Artist
Guido Geissler Guido Geissler ... Background Artist
Katrina Hardy Saenz Katrina Hardy Saenz ... Background Artist
Keiran Mahon Keiran Mahon ... Background Artist
Laurie Mahon Laurie Mahon ... Background Artist
Cherish Rufaro Mutambara Cherish Rufaro Mutambara ... Background Artist
Steven O'Connell Steven O'Connell ... Background Artist (as Stephen O'Connell)
Anna Sawyer Anna Sawyer ... Background Artist
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1979: Election Night - A police interview room. Delroy's pregnant wife has been found dead in a pool of blood and he is brought in as the chief suspect. He is interrogated by D.S. Karn, a witty, psychotic racist and his violent sidekick D.C. Wilby. Both high on the prospect of a Conservative landslide victory they try to lure him into a quick confession. Callous humiliation gives way to a barrage of sinister violence, leading to a devastating conclusion. Written by Third Eye Films

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1979 Election Night. For One Man The Vote Is Already In.

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English

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7 May 2010 (UK) See more »

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No Woman No Cry
Written by Vincent Ford
Published by Fifty-Six Hope Road/Odnil Music Ltd/Blue Mountain Music Ltd
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When Will People Ever Learn?
26 May 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Set on the General Election night of 1979, Barrie Keeffe's filmed play takes us back to a world where suspects could be held under the controversial 'sus' law - in other words, be held for questioning without being charged for long periods at a time. The production deliberately contrasts Margaret Thatcher's election speech, with its sycophantic thanks to the police for their efforts in sustaining public order, and the institutionalized racism of the two officers (Ralph Brown, Rafe Spall) questioning an African-Caribbean man (Clint Dyer) about the death of his wife. Set in a claustrophobic interview-room, interspersed with graphic shots of the dead woman, SUS is at times very difficult to watch, especially when the officers physically abuse the suspect. They are not particularly interested in obtaining a conviction, but rather to (ab)use the suspect as an outlet for their own racist resentments that Britain has apparently been overrun by immigrants, and ruled by governments dedicated to the cause of "human rights," while neglecting the rights of the indigenous population. What renders the film more shocking is to reflect on how little has changed in the 35 years since Thatcher came to power. Even after the much- publicized "reforms" of the police in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence case, there are still officers within the force who harbor equally racist sentiments, while the success of Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party (UKIP) in recent elections reveals the extent to which the British people dislike what they perceive as the so-called "malign" influence of immigrants. Thirty-five years ago it was the African-Caribbeans; now it is the Eastern and Southern Europeans. SUS stands as an object lesson to show how prevailing attitudes seldom change, despite the protestations of successive governments to the contrary.


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