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Directed by Mai Zetterling
Written by Mai Zetterling
Susannah Buxton
Roy Minton
Jeremy Watt
Starring Amanda York
Chrissie Cotterill
Distributed by HandMade Films
Release date
  • 24 September 1982 (1982-09-24) (UK)
  • 16 March 1983 (1983-03-16) (Sweden)
  • 14 July 1983 (1983-07-14) (Australia)
  • 31 January 1984 (1984-01-31) (U.S.)
  • 5 October 1984 (1984-10-05) (Finland)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤600,000[1]

Scrubbers is a 1982 British drama film directed by Mai Zetterling and starring Amanda York and Chrissie Cotterill. It was shot primarily in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. It was inspired by the success of the 1979 film Scum.

A novel based on the film, and also entitled Scrubbers, was written by Alexis Lykiard and published in London by W. H. Allen Ltd in 1982.[2]


Two girls escape from an open borstal. Annetta (Chrissie Cotterill) wants to visit her baby daughter who is being raised in a convent. Carol (Amanda York) plans to be recaptured and sent to the closed borstal where her girlfriend Doreen is being held. Carol's plan works, but she is devastated to find that Doreen has a new girlfriend. Doreen and the girlfriend taunt Carol. Annetta is arrested at the convent and sent to the same closed borstal. She assumes Carol "grassed" her up and proceeds to plan her revenge. Inmate Eddie professes her love for Carol and offers protection, so Carol begins a relationship with her. Annetta's constant bullying attempts keep her in solitary confinement. When Eddie is released Carol loses her protection and Annetta plans another attack.



  1. ^ Robert Sellers, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: The Inside Story of HandMade Films, Metro, 2003, pp. 102–108.
  2. ^ "Scrubbers", Alexis Lykiard website.

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