Riff Raff

  • Dir: Ken Loach

  • UK, 1991, 95 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Jimmy Coleman

Loach continues to find fertile ground – and plenty of comic potential – in the working man’s struggle against Thatcherism. Stevie, a young Scot out of prison, finds a job as a brickie and hooks up with an Irish singer Susan. His co- workers are running scams and romps, and no one gives a damn about his left-wing views. Until one day some workers are sacked and severely injured in the building site, Stevie decides to strike back. Based on scriptwriter Bill Jesse’s own experience as a construction worker, the film paints the gritty side of life, sparkling with wit, humor and bitter outrage.

1991 Cannes Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize
1991 European Film Awards, Best European Film

Further Readings:
Riff Raff, From Loach on Loach by Ken Loach and edited by Graham Fuller (London: Faber and Faber, 1998)



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