For Queen & Country (1988)


I wanted to make a crime drama dealing with themes of loyalty, allegiance and betrayal. Kazan’s great On The Waterfront was a big influence and I was excited by trying to make that kind of film in a British context. Our script was loosely based on the true story of Irwin Eversley, one of my drama group kids from Deptford who fought for the British army in the Falklands only to return to London to find himself denied a UK passport (an early hint of the Windrush Scandal). I worked with Trix Worrell (Desmond’s) on the script but I don’t think we ever got it quite right. Denzel Washington kills it though.