Play for Today: Destiny
Complex, chilling film about the rise of fascism in 1970s West Midlands.
Image: BBC - black and white still from a colour programme
Dir Mike Newell
With Colin Jeavons, Iain Cuthbertson, Nigel Hawthorne, Saeed Jaffrey
Long hard to see, David Edgar's ambitious, incisive study of far right politics feels joltingly contemporary. Through a late-1970s West Midlands by-election and the reactionary awakening of an embittered shopkeeper, Edgar's chilling play explores the rise of a new breed of fascism, cynically playing on Britain's grieving for lost Empire, industrial decline, lower-middle-class status anxiety and white working-class disaffection.