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.
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.
"You were a constant truant at school, a failure it seems...you have made no attempts to secure yourself a job". Go to school, learn a trade, get in line, get a job and pick up the peanuts out of the shit you get served, not only learning to enjoy the shit but taking the peanuts you earn with great consideration...No, Trevor is not going to take it.
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!