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Synopsis

Liam is growing up in an Irish Catholic quarter of Liverpool in the 1930s, the youngest of three children. While he is at school trying to rid his 7-year-old head of the wicked thoughts that stand between him and the salvation of his immortal soul, his older brother is working, adding his wage packet to the household funds. Their teenage sister also does her part, cleaning for a wealthy Jewish family.

Money is tight but the family is a happy one; Liam's mother is caring and devout and his father is a responsible working man, proud to be employed when so many others are not. But hard times have hit the Liverpool docks and Liam's father loses his job. Helpless, embittered and determined to find someone to blame, he joins the local fascists with tragic consequences.

This is a child's-eye view of a family's free-fall into poverty during the depression, enriched by the irony and keyhole detail of a small boy's perspective.

Details

Year
2001
Type of film
Features
Running Time
86 mins
Format
16mm Fuji
Director
Stephen Frears
Producer
David M Thompson, Tessa Ross, Sally Hibbin
Editor
Kristina Hetherington
Screenwriter
Jimmy McGovern
Director of Photography
Andrew Dunn BSC
Music
John Murphy
Principal Cast
Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, Anne Reid, Anthony Borrows

Production Company

Liam Films Ltd.
Contact: Donna Molloy
30-36 Pall Mall
Liverpool L3 6AL
UK

T 0151 236 0821
F 0151 236 0263

UK Distributor:
Artificial Eye
14 King Street
London WC2E 8HR
UK

T (44) 020 7240 5353
F (44) 020 7240 5242

http://www.artificial-eye.com

Sales
Company

The Works
4 Great Portland Street
London W1W 8QJ
UK

T 020 7612 1080
F 020 7612 1081