A British TV crew interviewing a Catholic Belfast family gets some controversial footage, which headquarters destroys.
A film crew making a documentary in the Divis Flats, Belfast, gets footage of the aftermath of a British Army plastic bullet shooting in which a girl is killed. The drama explores the relationship between the filmmakers and the girl’s family and the media betrayal through which the footage is cut from the final film.
Channel 4 was launched in 1982 and had a particular remit to complement the other three U.K. channels and encourage innovation and experiment. A distinctive feature of the Channel’s activities was its financing of film production, mainly through the Drama Department (and – Film on Four) but also the Department of Independent Film and Video which supported a number of film workshops, including some in Northern Ireland. The first feature to be made under this arrangement was Acceptable Levels (1984), which was shot mainly in Belfast by Belfast Film Workshop. John Hill
Acceptable Levels by The Belfast Film Workshop and Frontroom Productions, John Davies, Alastair Herron, Kate McManus.