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Synopsis

In the ex-colliery villages of East Durham, there is an abyss: falling down it is an easy thing. In a dangerous landscape, Barry, 40-year-old ex-youth worker, occasional labourer, wryly comic storyteller and single father, watches out for his 12-year-old son Callum. His eye is drawn to Emma, a 22-year-old with two children, Jade, 7 and Shannon, 4.  Barry likes to help, likes kids and likes Emma. But Emma has her own worries.
 
The film follows her personal journey as she single-mindedly tries to get her partner Darren off heroin: as she acquires the cocktail of drugs that will see him through his 'rattle' and takes him to 'The Breakies', a bleakly isolated collection of fishing huts, out beyond the steelworks, at the mouth of the Tees. And it follows Barry, Jade, Shannon and Callum in tow, picking up the pieces in a community that has moved further and further away from the economic mainstream. The abyss yawns and Barry negotiates the difficult terrain opening up from his own serious misjudgements. Watched by the disapproving Callum, his attempts to help Emma draw him ever closer to the edge.

Details

Year
2004
Type of film
Features
Running Time
tbc
Format
DigiBeta
Director
Amber Production Team
Producer
Amber Production Team
Editor
Amber Production Team
Screenwriter
Amber Production Team
Director of Photography
Amber Production Team
Sound
Amber Production Team
Music
Amber Production Team
Principal Cast
Emma Harker, Barry Group, Darren Bell

Production Company

Amber Films
5 Side
Newcastle NE1 3JE
UK

T+44 (0)191 232 2000
F+44 (0)191 230 3217

amberside@btinternet.com
http://www.amber-online.com

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Company

Amber Films
5 Side
Newcastle NE1 3JE
UK

T+44 (0)191 232 2000
F+44 (0)191 230 3217

amberside@btinternet.com
http://www.amber-online.com