- Original title
- Running time
- 124 min.
- United Kingdom
John Joe Hay,
Co-production United Kingdom-France-Italy; Blue Light / Fidélité Films / StudioUrania
Drama | Teen/coming-of-age. Schools & University. 1970s
- Synopsis / Plot
- If you want a Ned, I’ll give you a fucking Ned! Glasgow, 1973. On the brink of adolescence, young John McGill’s about to start secondary school. He’s a bright boy, a sensitive boy, eager to learn, but the cards are stacked high against him. The McGill family’s dirt poor, his hated father’s a drunken bully. His teachers – punishing John for the ‘sins’ of his older brother Benny – are down on him from the start. John’s on his own. And then there’s the gangs. The Neds. Non-Educated Delinquents. The bad boys with weapons and attitude: cheap drugs, glam rock, fumbling sex, the violence and the camaraderie of the streets. Local monsters. Local Heroes. Benny’s fearsome reputation buys John protection, and then a way in. Scared, resentful, full of rage, John makes his decision. If no-one else will give him a chance: fuck them. John takes to the savage life of the streets with a vengeance. But as his rage and frustration spin him further and further out of control, he is left facing a blank wall. No future. With one extraordinary chance of redemption.
: San Sebastian Film Festival: Best Picture - Golden Shell, Best Actor (Conor McCarron)
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best Promising Newcomer (McCarron)
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