Alan Clarke (28 October 1935 – 24 July 1990) was a television and film director, producer and writer, born in Wallasey, Cheshire, 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 Rolinson’s book 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… read more
The moment you watch an Alan Clarke film--especially Elephant--you know he is 100% confident of what he's doing. And as the film progresses, you become even more convinced that he's mapped out the entire film in exactly the way he wants. There is such a logical structure to his filmmaking, that seems so simple but brilliant at the same time.
Sólo dura una hora con siete minutos (es una película para televisión) y es una vaina explosiva. Gary Oldman por supuesto es el puto amo. Y Alan Clarke es el papá de los helados. A este pana le gustaba tocarle las pelotas a la censura en Inglaterra, cada vez que el mister terminaba una película los pingüinos de la censura se hacían pupú.