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Country: UK, Language: English, 90 mins

  • Director: Mai Zetterling
  • Writer: Susannah Buxton; Roy Minton
  • Producer: Don Boyd; George Harrison

CGiii Comment

There has always got to be the female equivalent of the male version...

Well, this is not it.

Scum stands head and shoulders above this contemptuous rabble.

The acting is - quite brazenly - atrocious...this is an embarrassment for the director and everyone else who took part.

A painfully amateur and ugly experience.


The(ir) Blurb...

Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend Doreen is being held. Carol's plan works, although she is devastated to find that not only has Doreen found herself a new girlfriend inside (who both taunt and tease Carol), when Annetta is arrested at the convent and sent to the same closed borstal, she assumes it was Carol who "grassed" her up and proceeds to plan her revenge. Carol finds protection in the form of inmate Eddie, while Annetta's constant bullying attempts keep her in solitary confinement; however, Carol's world is turned upside-down when Eddie is released from bortsal and her protection is gone.

Cast & Characters

Amanda York as Carol Howden;
Chrissie Cotterill as Annetta Brady;
Elizabeth Edmonds as Kathleen;
Kate Ingram as Eddie;
Amanda Symonds as Mac;
Kathy Burke as Glennis;
Debby Bishop as Doreen;
Eva Mottley as Pam;
Imogen Bain as Sandy;
Honey Bane as Molly