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Ken McMullen
Writer, Director, 1871 (1989)
Neither director Ken McMullen nor his co-screenwriters have a clue how to illuminate the issues involved. The film as a whole looks like some unperformable Brecht play, mounted by the amateur dramatic branch of Militant Tendency. The setting is cheapskate, the dialogue risible and the anti-Thatcher, pro-IRA message so crude, that Channel Four might be well advised to cut their losses, add a laughtrack and try to pass it off as the latest offering by the National Theatre of Brent.
(Chris Tookey, Sunday Telegraph)
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