Look forward in anger

Hats off to Jonathon Green ("The urban guerrillas Britain forgot", 27 August) for remembering the forgotten 30th anniversary of the Angry Brigade. But he is wrong to say "there are no dramas, no memoir". In 1973, there was Alan Burns's The Angry Brigade, subtitled "a documentary novel", and B S Johnson's novel Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry (recently reissued by Picador). There's no doubt that the Malry character, a lone terrorist waging war against society, was in part inspired by the Angry Brigade's series of laconic communiques and by their head-banging clarion call for liberty, equality and anarchy in the UK.

Malry re-lit the fag end of Sixties radicalism by looking forward in anger to punk and to cells of one such as the Unabomber. This prophetic aspect to the novel made it easy for Simon Beat to relocate his screen adaptation in the present. I directed the film, which has yet to get full distribution. You can, however, buy Luke Haines's score, which carries at least one explicit Angry Brigade reference, to "the corner of Amhurst Road", the Stoke Newington street where the Home Counties enrages were based and eventually busted.

Paul Tickell
London E2

This article first appeared in The New Statesman Essay - The love of a robot

2001-09-10