This low budget film follows the fortunes of a group of working class teenage lads and one in particular, Del. They live a bored, semi-delinquent life in East London and when Del finds himself a girlfriend, the limitations of his own life hits him. Bronco Bullfrog is the lad from Borstal who has the swaggering, independent lifestyle that Del doesn't have and which he is tempted by. He then searches for his own independence.
This film was personal for me and one of the reasons why I loved it. I have lived in the area where this was filmed for some years and to see what it looked like in 1969 was fascinating. A great location nostalgia trip! The main reason however why I love this film is because of the actors. They were all non-professionals and their rawness, their unpolished performances give the film an extra edge. There is an authenticity that I was not expecting. The script is loose, which sometimes doesn't quite work (The Detective is not good) but it mostly gives it a startling realism. Del and his girlfriend completely capture all the awkwardness and innocence of their relationship because of the unsophisticated, free approach to their acting.
I enjoyed this very much as a low-key, unflashy film about lads, a teenage romance and the unwelcome intrusion of the realisms of life.