Apaches

Another graphic British public information film, warning children of the dangers of playing on farms. Apaches was made in 1977, the same year as The Finishing Line, which warned them against playing on railway lines. Like The Finishing Line, it engages its target audience by entering the minds of the children, as their Apache gang plays in what tuns out to be a lethal environment. These films deserve respect because they co-opt the children’s imagination to let them see the real consequences of stupidity, rather than pontificating from on high about the dangers. As a genre, they’re both artful and effective.