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The Losers

Having your car nicked is one thing, but then you're branded a loser – by this unsympathetic crime prevention film about car theft

Government sponsored film 1975 16 mins


Talk about adding insult to injury: it's not enough to have your car and its contents nicked, you have to be branded incompetent by a Central Office of Information film. Here the case studies are fictional, but the detailed back stories built for each character mean that if you can put yourself in their shoes, then you too are a loser. From the heart of the economically troubled 70s, this film brands "auto crime" one of Britain's most successful industries.

This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.