Alan Bleasdale Presents: Blood on the Dole (DVD)
Alan Bleasdale's touching yet frank drama for Channel 4 about the struggles of a group of young school leavers in a deprived area of Liverpool.
Starring Stephen Walters, Suzanne Maddock and Amanda Mealing.
Based on the play by Jim Morris, voted Most Promising Playwright by the Financial Times and Morning Star in 1981.
Blood on the Dole follows the lives of four teenagers, two boys and two girls, struggling to cope after being thrust into the real world for the first time after leaving school.
Living in deprived Merseyside, the four youths' bright-eyed optimism for their futures and new-found freedom is soon crushed by the realities of unemployment, poverty, and the brutal reality of living and trying to find work in a city in decline.
They all soon find themselves in the hopeless situation of facing complete dependence on state handouts, "the dole". The four teenagers instead find themselves turning to each other to find the strength to survive.
An impressively fresh social commentary and portrayal of teenage love set within a disturbingly authentic account of disenfranchised youth. With austerity still very much a part of our political climate, and recent films such as I, Daniel Blake continuing to challenge such government policy, Blood on the Dole is still a hugely relevant watch today.
Produced by BAFTA-winner Alan Bleasdale as a part of the Alan Bleasdale Presents series, a Channel 4 anthology showcasing and given a platform to new, up-and-coming talent young writers.
After his successes in landmark dramas including Boys from the Black Stuff, The Monocled Mutineer and GBH, in 1994 Channel 4 gave Alan Bleasdale the opportunity to find and mentor new TV writers. Four big-budget, standalone films were made as a result, with top casts and experimental storylines.
Three years; five remarkable new writers, some of our finest directors and performances of the very highest calibre. Worth every midnight hour." - Alan Bleasdale on the Alan Bleasdale Presents series.
Release Date: 28th May 2018
Running Time: 90 Mins
No. Discs: 1 Disc
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