Scrubbers DVD cover

Scrubbers is a 1983 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, and was again written by Roy Minton.

Screenwriter Minton was away overseas during the time of shooting, and disassociates himself totally from the film; he felt the original screenplay had been “savaged” and describes the final production as “...arguably the worst film ever made".

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.

Film InfoEdit

  • Released:1983
  • Company: Handmade Films
  • Rating: BBFC '15'
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Budget: £600,000
  • Language: English


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.


  • Amanda York - Carol Howden
  • Chrissie Cotterill - Annetta Brady
  • Elizabeth Edmonds - Kathleen
  • Kate Ingram - Eddie
  • Amanda Symonds - Mac
  • Kathy Burke - Glennis
  • Debby Bishop - Doreen
  • Eva Mottley - Pam
  • Imogen Bain - Sandy
  • Honey Bane - Molly
  • Camille Davis - Sharon
  • Rachael Weaver - Gwen
  • Dana Gillespie - Budd
  • Pauline Melville - Crow
  • Pam St. Clement - Strapper
  • Miriam Margolyes - Jones
  • Jackie Holborough - Daly
  • Brian Croucher - Leo
  • Tim Kightley - Dr. Siles
  • Robbie Coltrane - Puff Guts
  • Jane Freeman - Sister
  • Valerie Lilley - Nun
  • Ken Shorter - Lorry driver

See alsoEdit

Original Theatrical TrailerEdit