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.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 86 mins
- 16mm Fuji
- Stephen Frears
- David M Thompson, Tessa Ross, Sally Hibbin
- Kristina Hetherington
- Jimmy McGovern
- Director of Photography
- Andrew Dunn BSC
- John Murphy
- Principal Cast
- Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, Anne Reid, Anthony Borrows
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Last updated 26th November 2005