David Leland’s powerful drama about a black teenage girl in conflict with the system; the pupil who is never at school. In this case, it is a 15-year-old who, after her mother’s death, regularly plays truant from school — not for her own sake but in order to look after her brother’s three-year-old son. But her defiance of the law spells trouble and lands her and her nephew in care. When she goes shoplifting the story reaches its dramatic climax.
Made in 1982 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless. The film quality may not be to modern standards.