Stevie (Robert Carlyle), a young Glaswegian just out of Barlinnie prison, comes down to London and gets a job on a building site - a melting pot of itinerant labourers from all over the country. Here he has to contend with Mick the bossy ganger trying - but usually failing to control his workers, Shem, Mo (George Moss) and Larry (Ricky Tomlinson) and the other lads as they duck and dive the rules and regulations of the building trade. Stevie has other problems to contend: the wages are low, the site teems with rats, he has nowhere to sleep and life in London isn't that easy. One day, on his way to work, Stevie finds a handbag in a skip. He takes it back to it owner and meets Susan. As Stevie and Susan learn to live with the ups and downs of life in London, Riff-Raff builds a portrait - sometimes gritty, often funny of life as it is lived in the margins.
Ken Loach: The Guardian Lecture at the National Film Theatre with Derek Malcolm (1992, 74 mins) Face to Face: Jeremy Isaacs talks to Ken Loach (Geraldine Dowd, 1991, 40 mins): the former head of Channel Four discusses the filmmaker's life and career
Carry on Ken (Toby Reisz, 2006, 49 mins): an in-depth documentary appraising the director
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- Riff-Raff review by CP Customer
A superb film, with a great set of actors all working closely together, to produce a story, true to life, funny and heartbreaking. A bit rough round the ages but I loved it, acting at it's best, not glossed up and perfect but bare and natural, some great lines and lots pf good laughs.
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