Scrubbers

United Kingdom, 1982

Film
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Swedish director Mai Zetterling filmed this tense and realistic drama set in Borstal Women’s Goal using a cast of mostly unknown young actors. The film powerfully portrays the dehumanising experiences the mostly young offenders undergo in prison but it does so without resorting to exploitation of the women or a glorification of violence. Instead Zetterling focuses on the friendships formed by the women within prison. “Scrubbers” is unavoidably confronting and disturbing - but it is also a prison film with a refreshing sense of dignity.

Credits

director

Mai Zetterling

producer

Don Boyd

production company

HandMade Films

Language

English

Duration

01:33:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

37609

Audience classification

R (18+)

Subject categories

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Prison films

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Women prisoners

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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