The Angry Brigade

The Angry Brigade

73 minutes 6.50/10 based on 4 votes

Between 1970 and 1972 the Angry Brigade used guns and bombs in a series of symbolic attacks against property. A series of communiqués accompanied the actions, explaining the choice of targets and the Angry Brigade philosophy: autonomous organization and attacks on property alongside other forms of militant working class action. Targets included the embassies of repressive regimes, police stations and army barracks, boutiques and factories, government departments and the homes of Cabinet ministers, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. These attacks on the homes of senior political figures increased the pressure for results and brought an avalanche of police raids. From the start the police were faced with the difficulty of getting to grips with a section of society they found totally alien. And were they facing an organization—or an idea?

This documentary, produced by Gordon Carr for the BBC (and first shown in January 1973, shortly after the trial), covers the roots of the Angry Brigade in the revolutionary ferment of the 1960s, and follows their campaign and the police investigation to its culmination in the “Stoke Newington 8” conspiracy trial at the Old Bailey—the longest criminal trial in British legal history. Produced after extensive research—among both the libertarian opposition and the police—it remains the essential study of Britain’s first urban guerilla group.

Released in 1973. 72 min. Writer: Gordon Carr. Drama documentary Film.

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3 responses to “The Angry Brigade”

  1. Historian says:

    Highly doubtful, theses hippies can be considered “the first armed guerrilla group” in Britain. Just for example, you have the roots of the IRA IN 1913, luddites in 1811 and even the English Revolution in 1688. Even Marxist scholars consider the English Revolution to be the first uprising with leftist ideals in Britain.

    • Jonah says:

      You clearly have no idea of social history or any actual dates of the set up of the groups you mentioned. You’re an idiot like!

  2. Duh... says:

    @ Historian.. They’re actually described as being Britain’s “first URBAN guerrilla group”, you silly willy.

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