Alan Clarke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alan Clarke (28 October 1935 – 24 July 1990) was a television and film director, producer and writer, born in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. Most of Clarke's output was for television rather than cinema, including work for the famous play strands The Wednesday Play and Play for Today. His subject matter tended towards social realism, especially with respect to deprived or oppressed communities. As Dave Rolinson's book (see 'Further reading', below) on Clarke details, between 1962 and 1966 Clarke directed several plays at The Questors Theatre in Ealing, London. Between 1967 and 1969 he directed various ITV productions including plays by Alun Owen (Shelter, George’s Room, Stella, Thief, Gareth), Edna O’Brien (Which Of These Two Ladies Is He Married To? and Nothing’s Ever Over) and Roy Minton (The Gentleman Caller, Goodnight Albert, Stand By Your Screen). He also worked on the series The Informer, The Gold Robbers and A Man Of Our Times (but not, as Sight and Sound once claimed, Big Breadwinner Hog). Clarke continued to work for ITV through the 1970s but now made much of his work for the BBC. This included pieces for The Wednesday Play (Sovereign's Company 1970), Play for Today and Play of the Month. Distinctive work for these strands included further plays by Minton including Funny Farm (1975) and Scum (further details below), but also Sovereign’s Company (1970) by Don Shaw, The Hallelujah Handshake (1970) by Colin Welland and ...

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Made in Britain (1982)

Trevor sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His social worker, Harry Parker, tries to do his best, but Trevor is only interested when there’s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Bill Stewart  •  Geoffrey Hutchings  •  Sean Chapman

Trevor sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His social worker, Harry Parker, tries to do his best, but Trevor is only interested when there’s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Bill Stewart  •  Geoffrey Hutchings  •  Sean Chapman

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns. Rita, Sue And Bob Too was adapted by Andrea Dunbar from two of her own controversial plays. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Michelle Holmes  •  Siobhan Finneran  •  George Costigan  •  Kulvinder Ghir

Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns. Rita, Sue And Bob Too was adapted by Andrea Dunbar from two of her own controversial plays. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Michelle Holmes  •  Siobhan Finneran  •  George Costigan  •  Kulvinder Ghir

Scum (1979)

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Ray Winstone  •  Mick Ford  •  Julian Firth  •  John Blundell

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Ray Winstone  •  Mick Ford  •  Julian Firth  •  John Blundell

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1985)

Off the wall British musical. Cocky cockney snooker player Billy Kid accepts the challenge of a grudge match from Maxwell Randall (the Green Baize Vampire), six times world champion; the loser will never play professional snooker again.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Phil Daniels  •  Alun Armstrong  •  Trevor Laird  •  Bruce Payne

Off the wall British musical. Cocky cockney snooker player Billy Kid accepts the challenge of a grudge match from Maxwell Randall (the Green Baize Vampire), six times world champion; the loser will never play professional snooker again.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Phil Daniels  •  Alun Armstrong  •  Trevor Laird  •  Bruce Payne

The Firm (1989)

This is the story of rival "Firms" of football (soccer) supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing leaders are not happy, as they believe this is a challenge to their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Lesley Manville  •  Phil Davis  •  Andrew Wilde

This is the story of rival "Firms" of football (soccer) supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing leaders are not happy, as they believe this is a challenge to their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Lesley Manville  •  Phil Davis  •  Andrew Wilde

Contact (1985)

Drama about a platoon of British paratroopers on patrol in Northern Ireland.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Sean Chapman  •  Steve Sweeney  •  Gary Hailes  •  Graham Fletcher-Cook

Drama about a platoon of British paratroopers on patrol in Northern Ireland.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Sean Chapman  •  Steve Sweeney  •  Gary Hailes  •  Graham Fletcher-Cook

Baal (1982)

A wastrel youth becomes involved in several sexual affairs and at least one murder. In 1981 Bowie took the title role of a BBC television adaptation of Brecht’s play Baal. The titular protagonist is a drunken poet, iconoclast and womanizer, whose decline is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  David Bowie  •  Robert Austin  •  Julian Wadham  •  Zoë Wanamaker

A wastrel youth becomes involved in several sexual affairs and at least one murder. In 1981 Bowie took the title role of a BBC television adaptation of Brecht’s play Baal. The titular protagonist is a drunken poet, iconoclast and womanizer, whose decline is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  David Bowie  •  Robert Austin  •  Julian Wadham  •  Zoë Wanamaker

To Encourage the Others (1972)

The true story of Derek Bentley, whose conviction and execution for a murder committed by someone else provoked a public revulsion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Charles Bolton  •  Billy Hamon  •  Roland Culver  •  Philip Stone

The true story of Derek Bentley, whose conviction and execution for a murder committed by someone else provoked a public revulsion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Charles Bolton  •  Billy Hamon  •  Roland Culver  •  Philip Stone

Achilles Heel (1973)

A professional footballer suffers an injury which could jeopardise his career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Martin Shaw  •  Charlotte Howard  •  Norman Jones  •  Fred Griffiths

A professional footballer suffers an injury which could jeopardise his career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Martin Shaw  •  Charlotte Howard  •  Norman Jones  •  Fred Griffiths

Stars of the Roller State Disco (1984)

Video-shot on studio sets, Stars of the Roller State Disco borders on science fiction of the dystopian variety. Unemployed youngsters spend their days at the roller disco of the title, circling round and round, before being called to take up low-paid jobs as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Perry Benson  •  Cathy Murphy  •  Paul McKenzie  •  Bernice Rowe

Video-shot on studio sets, Stars of the Roller State Disco borders on science fiction of the dystopian variety. Unemployed youngsters spend their days at the roller disco of the title, circling round and round, before being called to take up low-paid jobs as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Perry Benson  •  Cathy Murphy  •  Paul McKenzie  •  Bernice Rowe

Scum (1991)

A hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Ray Winstone  •  David Threlfall  •  Martin Phillips  •  Phil Daniels

A hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Ray Winstone  •  David Threlfall  •  Martin Phillips  •  Phil Daniels

Bukovsky (1977)

Alan Clarke's documentary about Soviet writer and dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, who had left the Soviet Union in 1976 after years spent in their prisons and psychiatric wards. The film was completed in 1977 but never broadcast, subject only to private screenings. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Vladimir Bukovsky  •  Tom Stoppard  •  Viktor Fainberg

Alan Clarke's documentary about Soviet writer and dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, who had left the Soviet Union in 1976 after years spent in their prisons and psychiatric wards. The film was completed in 1977 but never broadcast, subject only to private screenings. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Vladimir Bukovsky  •  Tom Stoppard  •  Viktor Fainberg

Vodka Cola (1980)

Documentary on the relationship of the Eastern and Western countries of the world characterised by Charles Levinson as the Vodka Bloc and the Cola Front, which have been stimulated into further consolidation by the Afghanistan invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Charles Levinson

Documentary on the relationship of the Eastern and Western countries of the world characterised by Charles Levinson as the Vodka Bloc and the Cola Front, which have been stimulated into further consolidation by the Afghanistan invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Charles Levinson

Beloved Enemy (1981)

A cool hard study of 'the art of the deal' on a global scale. Sir Peter, the chillingly affable chief exec of big British multi-national UKM, learns that the Soviet Union's chief scientists are in London with government credit to spend. He's keen to flog them a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Graham Crowden  •  Tony Doyle  •  Oscar Quitak  •  Steven Berkoff

A cool hard study of 'the art of the deal' on a global scale. Sir Peter, the chillingly affable chief exec of big British multi-national UKM, learns that the Soviet Union's chief scientists are in London with government credit to spend. He's keen to flog them a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Graham Crowden  •  Tony Doyle  •  Oscar Quitak  •  Steven Berkoff

Psy-Warriors (1981)

Soldiers are captured and interrogated by terrorists: but is it real or only a sadistic form of psychological training exercise?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Derrick O'Connor  •  John Duttine  •  Colin Blakely  •  Warren Clarke

Soldiers are captured and interrogated by terrorists: but is it real or only a sadistic form of psychological training exercise?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Derrick O'Connor  •  John Duttine  •  Colin Blakely  •  Warren Clarke

Brief Encounters (1983)

An analysis of short consultations, concentrating on five U.K. surgeries, intended for small groups of GPs, vocational trainees or continuing medical education groups.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
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An analysis of short consultations, concentrating on five U.K. surgeries, intended for small groups of GPs, vocational trainees or continuing medical education groups.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
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The British Desk (1984)

Documentary about the work of South African intelligence agencies in Britain, with an interview with Information Secretary in the South African government, Eschel Rhoodie, and former agents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Eschel Rhoodie

Documentary about the work of South African intelligence agencies in Britain, with an interview with Information Secretary in the South African government, Eschel Rhoodie, and former agents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Eschel Rhoodie

Road (1987)

Prepare yourself for the experience of your lifetime as you witness an average night along a derelict Lancashire road in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Neil Dudgeon  •  Jane Horrocks  •  Andrew Wilde  •  William Armstrong

Prepare yourself for the experience of your lifetime as you witness an average night along a derelict Lancashire road in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Neil Dudgeon  •  Jane Horrocks  •  Andrew Wilde  •  William Armstrong

Elephant (1989)

A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Gary Walker  •  Bill Hamilton  •  Michael Foyle  •  Danny Small

A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Gary Walker  •  Bill Hamilton  •  Michael Foyle  •  Danny Small

Director: Alan Clarke (1991)

Documentary - Alan Clarke's films exposed a real, raw world as no other films have. Works such as "Scum," "Made in Britain," "The Firm," "Rita, Sue and Bob Too" and "Elephant" inspired a generation of British actors, writers and directors that changed cinema ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Corin Campbell-Hill
CAST:  Alan Clarke  •  Phil Daniels  •  George Costigan  •  Janine Duvitski

Documentary - Alan Clarke's films exposed a real, raw world as no other films have. Works such as "Scum," "Made in Britain," "The Firm," "Rita, Sue and Bob Too" and "Elephant" inspired a generation of British actors, writers and directors that changed cinema ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Corin Campbell-Hill
CAST:  Alan Clarke  •  Phil Daniels  •  George Costigan  •  Janine Duvitski
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