Richard Attenborough (Brighton Rock) is Jack Read, a working-class boy and the guinea pig of the title, who is given a scholarship to Saintbury, an exclusive public school. Faced with the snobbery of his new classmates, he tries to gain acceptance from not only them, but also some of the teachers.
Also known as The Outsider, The Guinea Pig was made in 1948, four years after the publication of The Fleming Report. Co-starring Shelia Sim, Bernard Miles and Joan Hickson the film has been newly remastered by the BFI.
Newly remastered by the BFI and presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Old School (1901-1987, 71 mins): learn all about British education as seen on screen - from Edwardian Boarding School parades to 1980s comprehensive kids getting to grips with GCSEs - with a century-spanning selection of rare documentary films from the BFI National Archive
The Make-Do-And-Menders (1941-1945, 24 mins): recall the Ration-book world that provided the real-life social background for The Guinea Pig in this eccentric assortment of archive oddities from the war years