Video Nasties: Draconian Days ★★★

A timely re-watch for this and its predecessor, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, as both that and the moral panic over 'video nasties' and film censorship in the Eighties and Nineties are symptomatic of the utter disregard of the working class by 'proper' Britons. Not to say that video nasties compare to the horror of Grenfell, though that older controversy did ultimately sacrifice the lives of two working class youths - while prostituting the tragic death of a child - on the altar of fear-driven moral respectability, and has since been virtually disavowed by a culture that won't come to terms with its culpability. Jake West's films underplay that anti-working-class aspect, allowing a few of the talking heads to make their own arguments, but it's really central to the whole thing and needs to be understood as such.