Banned for 15 years and referred to as ‘The film the police arrested’.
The first film Nick Broomfield made out of film school with Joan Churchill.
In 1968, juvenile liaison sections were attached to a number of local police departments to function as a kind of bridging operation between young offenders, their homes and their schools. This film is about the day to day working of one such section, attached to the Lancashire police in Blackburn in dealing with juvenile offenders.
The film, which led to a Public Enquiry into the scheme, examines the way poorly trained police interact with kids from poor underprivileged families. The results are devastating and deeply shocking.
"Their [Broomfield & Churchill] achievement is remarkable."
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL