'If you want a Ned, I'll give you a fu*king 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: fu*k 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.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 124 mins
- Peter Mullan
- Carole Sherridan, Peter Carlton
- Conchita Airoldi, Lucinda Van Rie, Peter Mullan
- Colin Monie
- Peter Mullan
- Director of Photography
- Roman Osin
- Production Designer
- Mark Leese
- Colin Nicolson
- Craig Armstrong
- Principal Cast
- Peter Mullan, Marianna Palka, Lousie Goodall, Connor McCarron
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Last updated 4th February 2011