Generation Right examines the impact of Thatcherism on crime in the UK and is based upon the work of Stephen Farrall, Professor of Criminology at the Faculty’s School of Law, University of Sheffield.
The video can be viewed here.
Mixing archive footage and interviews with political figures, such as Michael Howard, Douglas Hurd and David Blunkett, the film observes the moment when a climate of ‘opportunity and enterprise’ became the driving forces of society and its legacy on Britain today.
The documentary was made as part of Professor Farrall’s research project on the ‘Long Term Trajectories of Crime in the UK’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The 41-minute film, directed by Michelle Coomber and produced by Medina Films, is a key output from the two-year research project.
Professor Farrall said: “It is becoming clearer that the further we get from the 1980s, the more we need to revisit some of the key decisions taken during that period to understand the journey the UK has taken since. The film explores the consequences of some of the key ‘Thatcherite’ policies of the 1980s.
“As a research team, we wanted to find a new way to engage with members of the public - and a film is a perfect way of doing this using the rich archive material which exists. We really can’t wait to learn what others think and feel about the story we have to tell.”
Stephen Farrall is working on a video specifically for A level students and would therefore appreciate your views on his latest video.