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Tales out of School: Four Films by David Leland

Synopsis
This anthology brings together the four films written by David Leland and screened originally in 1983 - the films are: BIRTH OF A NATION, FLYING INTO THE WIND, R.H.I.N.O. and MADE IN BRITAIN, all of which are available separately (qv) from Concord Media. These four television films brought the emerging writing talent of former actor David Leland to national attention. Featuring early roles for Tim Roth and Jim Broadbent, the films form a scathing portrait of British society in the early 1980s, focusing in particular on the polarisation of attitudes towards the role and methods of education in an increasingly fragmented society. Without overtly offering solutions, Leland’s films depict - often with unnerving acuity and foresight - the experience of individuals within systems that have become inadequate in dealing with the fallout of social breakdown. Of the four films presented here, MADE IN BRITAIN, directed by the celebrated Alan Clarke, inevitably aroused the strongest controversy, with Tim Roth’s astonishing portrayal of a nihilistic, racist teenage skinhead captured by Chris Menges’ innovative cinematography.


Films:
• BIRTH OF A NATION
Featuring Jim Broadbent, the play dramatises the conflict between old, authoritarian teaching methods and the more relaxed approach of progressive educationalists.

• FLYING INTO THE WIND
Graham Crowden stars in a play depicting the battle between parents who want to home-educate their children and the local education authority.

• R.H.I.N.O.
The harrowing story of Angela, a disenfranchised young black girl living in 1980s London, and her encounters with a well-meaning but often ineffectual social system.

• MADE IN BRITAIN
Directed by Alan Clarke, Tim Roth makes his TV debut as a hate-filled teenage skinhead on a self-destructive campaign destined to lead to permanent incarceration.


The DVD and Blu-ray include these extras: ‘Twice-Told Tales’: the writer and producer join a group of high school pupils and look back at Tales Out of School 30 years on; ‘Digging for Britain’ cast and crew reflect on the making of MADE IN BRITAIN; Commemorative booklet on TALES OUT OF SCHOOL by media historian and Alan Clarke biographer Dr. Dave Rolinson; Image gallery, featuring pictures from the deleted original ending to MADE IN BRITAIN.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
1982
Notes
Also available on Blu-Ray (£17.75 +VAT)
Subjects
Drama; Education
Keywords
Education Act 1944; learning disabilities; school management; schoolchildren; social services; television drama

Credits

Director
Alan Clarke; Edward Bennett; Jane Howell; Mike Newell
Writer
David Leland
Cast
Graham Crowden 
Jim Broadbent 
Robert Stephens 
Tim Roth 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.40
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
300 minutes
Year
2014

Production Company

Name

Central Independent Television

Notes
use Carlton UK Television

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.
 

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