A typically blank Clarkian approach to polemic which like many such plays offers the evidence but no solutions: institutions might have contributed to Trevor’s monstrous nature, but a monster he remains and what to do with him apart from incarceration? Despite this there’s nuance beneath the declamatory surface (a couple of sledgehammered moments aside - the curious shop window metaphor too keenly signalled).
Excoriating and voluble though it may be, MADE IN BRITAIN is ultimately an extremely sober television quasi-docudrama, occupying a terrain that almost demands to be called educational. Though Tim Roth's Trevor can in some sense be understood as larger-than-life villain, the film goes out of its way to frame him as the product of a set of social relations, cosseted by ineffectual institutions.
I always fall for movies who's themes are hard social nuts but they don't moralize about it. They just show you a world from which you are comfortably excluded and force you to face it. Tim Roth's performance is amazing and I love the ending!
For the good and bad of it, Roth's Trevor is the most nihilistic force ever unleashed in British cinema. Chaotic evil in its pure form, his not a formidable foe or a delightful villain, he's a fucking scary real person that is fucked by the system, yes, but also nosedives on shit because he really wants to see the world burn. A great film that unfortunately can be misinterpreted by bigots that see Trevor as a hero.
The disenfranchised neo-nazi youth of the 80s seem much like the disenfranchised neo-nazi youth of today. Is there a reason the ITV and BBC aren't making anything like Alan Clarke anymore? This is a bold and still relevant political, social and artistic statement on the responsibility of the self-appointed authority and the individual citizen, and the consequences of the oppressive actions of both.