Time Out says

Part-written by Roy (Scum) Minton, this follows the career of two Borstal girls: a lesbian orphan who busts herself back inside to rejoin her faithless lover, and a single mother who, separated from her child, puts an ever-increasing gap between them by her escalating violence. But blatant audience manipulation backfires: the more the mother bashes her way through the film, the less your sympathies are engaged. A script which bridles with a grim wit more akin to Porridge than Scum-in-a-skirt, and a filtered use of colour so dense it appears to be shot in black-and-white, are both points in favour. But no amount of effing and blinding, unconvincing slow-motion violence, scatological inventiveness, and buckets of flying excreta, can hide the fact that Scrubbers is a very noisy film that manages to say nothing novel. An entertaining washout.


Release details

93 mins

Cast and crew

Mai Zetterling
Roy Minton, Jeremy Watt, Mai Zetterling
Amanda York
Chrissie Cotterill
Elizabeth Edmonds
Kate Ingram
Amanda Symonds