OUT 8 september / CERT 15 / 89 mins Directors Jairus Mcleary, Gethin Aldous Cast Brian Nazarof, Charles Tate Jr, Chris Renton
FOLSOM PRISON — AN institution so notorious Johnny Cash wrote a blues song about it — offers weekly group therapy to inmates looking for change; twice a year, members of the public are invited to join them. This documentary, set almost entirely in one room, follows three participants in what must be the most unorthodox form of therapy available. initially cynical about the process, the non-convicts quickly prove more vulnerable than the prisoners, each finding cathartic and sometimes violent breakthroughs. An hour-and-a-half of burly men openly weeping might not sound like fun, but The Work’s clarity of form offers profound insights into masculinity — inside prison and out.