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Released 1969
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Lindsay Anderson’s savage satire about a gun-happy insurrection at one of Britain’s public schools plays out like a blood-drenched version of Zero for Conduct. Malcolm McDowell stars as Mick Travis, a persecuted student who turns his violent revenge fantasies into fact. McDowell’s character returned in the far more sweet-tempered (but no less surreal) O Lucky Man! in 1972 and Brittania Hospital in 1982, thus completing the “Mick Travis Trilogy”.

About Bernard Rose

Bernard Rose was one of the pioneering music video directors in the early days of MTV,  shooting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Red Red Wine for UB40. Rose’s feature credits as writer and director include Paperhouse, Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivansxtc, Anna Karenina, and Two Jacks. He is currently in postproduction on Paganini:  The Devil’s Violinist. You can check out his work at bernardrosedirector.com.