The BAFTA-nominated Britain’s Forgotten Men returns for a second series. Filmmaker Dan Murdoch spends a year on struggling estates in and around Manchester.
Abandoned? Ignored? Forgotten? Many white working-class men are struggling in today’s society and when they speak out, they get demonised, labelled chavs, hoodies and even racists.
The BAFTA-nominated Britain’s Forgotten Men returns for a second series. Filmmaker Dan Murdoch (KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy and Black Power: America’s Armed Resistance) has spent a year on struggling estates in and around Manchester, following the lives of white working class men who are statistically some of the most disadvantaged people in Britain.
From the 12-year-old expelled from school and now terrorising his estate, to the 17-year-old with no qualifications and such low literacy that the army might not take him, to men that see casual violence and petty crime as a part of life and the lads who see drugs and knives as a career choice, this series shows first-hand how a lack of options has forced people onto the streets, and how the competition for council services has led to the resentment of outsiders.
With such a high level of disenfranchisement, it is difficult to find stories from people who have come through the other side but we also meet the men who've found a way to escape the struggle through means such as boxing, music, or even something entirely unexpected.