Watch New Clip From Prison Drama "Screwed" Starring Noel Clarke & James D'Arcy

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 2, 2011 9:10 AM
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We've seen a trailer and poster for Screwed - the British prison drama that stars Mr Noel Clarke and James D’Arcy (Master And Commander), which is an adaptation of a novel called Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, a bestselling work, both acclaimed and controversial, by British ex-prison officer-turned-author Ronnie Thompson (not his real name by the way).

The book, published in 2008, is said to be a non-fiction work, with a synopsis that reads: “Ronnie Thompson was just an ordinary guy. That is, until he became a prison officer. By the time he started work at HMP Romwell, he realised he was actually a nurse, a copper, a probation officer, a carer, a counselor, a social worker and, of course, an incarcerator all in one. Oh, and a punch bag for the cons and bosses. In SCREWED, Ronnie tells it like it is. He reveals what really goes on behind bars – the times when force is necessary and used, and when it is unnecessary but still used. He exposes the underworld of bent screws, the drugs they traffic, the firms they work for and what they get paid for their sins. He shows how it is left down to a small group of officers to control an over-flowing prison, keep an eye out for corrupt governors, and dodge the deluded human rights campaigners. Ultimately, he shows us that being a good screw doesn’t always mean sticking to the rules…

The film was directed by Reg Traviss (Joy Division), and Lionsgate will release it this weekend, starting tomorrow, June 3rd, in the UK.

And in anticipation of that debut, a new 3-minute long clip has been released online, which I embedded below. I'm curious about this, and hope it travels west.

Watch below:


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2 Comments

  • robertg | June 3, 2011 6:15 AMReply

    If IR does come to the US they'll need to change the title.

  • Tamara | June 3, 2011 2:20 AMReply

    Reminds me of Ted Conover's NewJack. It's similar, in a way except the lead in Ted's work was a journalist who became a prison guard so he could write a book... Um, so yeah, kinda similar because he exposed a lot of what happens to, but moreso the effects on guards and their lives and how it changes after working so long in a prison. I do not envy their job one bit, but I'm glad they are able to do it and do it well. Anyhoo, I would like to see this. Will rent it when it's made available.

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