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Borstal (2017)

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


Steven M. Smith


Kris Gray (novel), Kris Gray (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Winters ... Kris
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Governor Heywood
Tony Fadil ... Paddy Gibbons
Sonny Denham Sonny Denham ... Alan Welch
Jon-Paul Gates ... Len Forshaw
Tiffany-Ellen Robinson Tiffany-Ellen Robinson ... Sally Forshaw
Rorie Stockton Rorie Stockton ... JJ
Luke Anthony Jr. Luke Anthony Jr. ... Phil McGuinness
Kevin Horsham ... Jim Hunt
Maria Austin ... Moira
Rafe Bird Rafe Bird ... Andre
Frankie Clarence ... Winnie Wilson
Billy James Machin Billy James Machin ... Jock Taylor
Darren James King Darren James King ... Kingy
Jema Gilsenan Jema Gilsenan ... Jema


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

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Michael Gambon was approached to play the part of the Governor whilst filming Fearless on the same set. See more »


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A so – so effort of one boys stay at Her Majesty's Pleasure
10 March 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Set in 1971 this relates the story of Kris Gray who was sent to Borstal for drugs offences. This is based on the book by Gray and he also wrote the screen play. Then once he gets there he is treated badly by the nasty screws and some of the staff are forward thinking and nice.

He also has his co detainees who are again either nice to him or horrid. He though is an aspiring musician and so his 'rock star' status gains him equal numbers of admirers or haters and one of these becomes a sort of love interest.

Now the first thing that happens in this film is the 'fourth wall' is broken when Gray speaks to the camera stating that he is 'off to borstal' – like we had not worked that one out. This is done numerous times thereafter and is a case of personal preference as to whether this adds or subtracts from an artistic piece. There is also no shower scene – I mean it's the law isn't it?

The other thing is after his groundbreaking announcement we have a montage of what is going to happen to him – this is all the violent bits – and then back to mundanity. Now some of the acting is really good and some is rather poor. The sound does vary a bit but it is not disastrous. We also have a bit of wobbly cam action – and we all know this is done to try to make out the on screen action is actually better than it really is. So for me this left me non plussed – and the sound track leaves a lot to be desired too – so only go for this if you like all indie Brit films or you were in it – this is not even in the foothills of 'Scum'.

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6 March 2017 (UK) See more »

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