My Name Is Joe
- Original title
My Name Is Joe
- Running time
- 105 min.
- United Kingdom
Anne Marie Kennedy,
Co-production United Kingdom-Spain-Germany-France;
Drama | Social Drama
- Synopsis / Plot
- My Name Is Joe is a 1998 Scottish film directed by Ken Loach. The film stars Peter Mullan as Joe Kavanagh, an unemployed recovering alcoholic in Glasgow who meets and falls in love with a health visitor. David McKay plays his troubled friend Liam. The film's title is a reference to the ritualized greeting performed in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as portrayed in the film's opening scene.
The movie was mainly filmed in the actual slums of Glasgow and filling small roles with local residents, many of whom had drug and criminal pasts. The natural Scottish accents of some of the actors are unfamiliar to most American television viewers and as such the film is often shown subtitled.
The film won awards in many film festivals, including Best Actor for Mullan at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
: Cannes: Best Actor (Peter Mullan)
: Valladolid Film Festival: Golden Spike: Best Movie
: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best British Film
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): 3 Awards including Best Movie. 5 Nom.
: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Film & Actor (Peter Mullan)
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