Clarke is also responsible for discovering new talent that went on to make an impact in the film industry. Clarke first featured Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels in “Scum,” Tim Roth in “Made in Britain,” Jane Horrocks in “The Road,” Lesley Sharp in “The Road” and “Rita, Sue and Bob Too,” Lesley Manville in “The Firm” and David Threlfall in “Scum.” Additionally, he influenced a new generation of directors like Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengress, Harmony Korine, Clio Barnard and Shane Meadows.
“As a director you have to try to be like Alan Clarke – anonymous, subversive, compassionate, and moral,” said Paul Greengrass in an official statement.
The BFI will offer the full collection of Clarke’s controversial dramas. After a screening of the recently re-released director’s cut version of “The Firm,” The Guardian’s Danny Leigh will moderate an on-stage discussion about Clarke’s legacy alongside producer David M Thompson, writer David Leland, and the director’s daughter, Molly Clarke.
“Dissent and Disruption” will come to BFI Blu-ray and DVD release in May and June, with box sets that feature exclusive special features.