Out of Control (2002 film)
|Out of Control|
|Written by||Dominic Savage|
|Directed by||Dominic Savage|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Editor(s)||David G. Hill|
|Running time||90 min|
|Original network||BBC One|
Out of Control (2002) is a BBC television film written and directed by Dominic Savage. It stars Tamzin Outhwaite as Shelley Richards, an impoverished single mother whose son, Dean (Danny Young), is involved in a string of crimes that lead to his incarceration in a young offenders institute (YOI). David Morrissey plays prison warden Mike, who tries to keep Dean out of trouble but has difficultly watching him all the time. After continuous bullying at the YOI, Dean is no longer able to cope and makes a fatal decision. It is the third in a loose trilogy of films by Savage about social deprivation, following Nice Girl (2000) and When I Was Twelve (2001).
The single drama was greenlit in April 2002 by BBC controller of drama commissioning Jane Tranter, under the working title of The Young Offenders. Savage carried out months of research into the crimes of the young boys and into the lifestyles of YOI inmates. David Morrissey shadowed prison officers at Lancaster Farms YOI for several weeks. It was filmed on location at Lancaster Farms. Savage storyboarded the scripts but left it to the actors to improvise their dialogue, so that it did not "sound too articulate".
Out of Control was broadcast on BBC One on 15 September 2002 as one of the lynchpins of the BBC's "Cracking Crime" day. It received only 4.1 million viewers (21.9% audience share), a result of being scheduled opposite a new episode of ITV's Midsomer Murders. Critical reaction was positive, particularly about Tamzin Outhwaite. Outhwaite previously starred in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, which made her "tabloid fodder". She was pleased with the enthusiastic reception that Out of Control got. The drama won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the 2002 Edinburgh Film Festival and the Serials & Single Drama award at the 2002 Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards.
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