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Scene from SUSComing soon from Mensch Films, Thin Film Productions and 3rd Eye Films - and written by Barrie Keeffe (based on a play he wrote 31 years ago) - is SUS, a brutal, compelling drama about systematic racism In the UK police force in the 1970s.

Keeffe, who also wrote the Brit gangster classic, The Long Good Friday, uses the night before the 1979 election (when Thatcher and the Conservative Party swept into power) as the backdrop for his story about a man questioned about the murder of his pregnant wife, by two racist and violent detectives keen to ensure a quick confession.

Find out more about the film after the jump... Scene from SUSComing soon from Mensch Films, Thin Film Productions and 3rd Eye Films - and written by Barrie Keeffe (based on a play he wrote 31 years ago) - is SUS, a brutal, compelling drama about systematic racism In the UK police force in the 1970s.

Keeffe, who also wrote the Brit gangster classic, The Long Good Friday, uses the night before the 1979 election (when Thatcher and the Conservative Party swept into power) as the backdrop for his story about a man questioned about the murder of his pregnant wife, by two racist and violent detectives keen to ensure a quick confession.

Starring Clint Dyer as chief suspect Delroy, with Ralph Brown and Rafe Spall as the charismatic yet unhinged detectives, SUS is an intense affair; staying close to its theatrical routes, the dialogue crackles with underlying threat and the question room setting heightens the claustrophobia. Thankfully, this is no big screen ITV adaptation though; the use of state of the art cameras give the film a cinematic quality rarely achieved by this kind of low-key British production.

The title SUS comes from the controversial 'SUS' laws, giving police the power to stop and search anyone they suspected of criminal offences (a power which, sadly, was regularly abused). The SUS law was repealed in 1981 but the timing of this film's release is apt and important, coming out around this year's general election; as David Cameron himself has made clear, should the Tories be re-elected this year he would seek to bring the SUS laws back.

As writer Barrie Keeffe has stated: "I'm saddened that this piece of work I wrote thirty years ago and thought was exactly, as one critic called it, a piece of "instant political theatre", actually does have a painful resonance now."

SUS will have a gala screening at the East End Film Festival which runs between 22-30 April. Watch the trailer below, or find out more about the film here.