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Alan Clarke

Dave Rolinson


The British television director Alan Clarke is primarily associated with the visceral social realism of such works as his banned borstal play, Scum, and his study of football hooliganism, The Firm. This book uncovers the full range of his work from the mythic fantasy of Penda's Fen, to the radical short film on terrorism, Elephant. The author uses original research to examine the development of Clarke's career from the theatre and the ‘studio system’ of provocative television play strands of the 1960s and 1970s, to the increasingly personal work of the 1980s, which established him as one of Br ... More

Keywords: British television director, Alan Clarke, social realism, borstal play, Scum, football hooliganism, Penda's Fen, terrorism, Elephant, theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719068300
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719068300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dave Rolinson, author