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Talking with Angels

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Synopsis

Set in 1970s Salford, amidst a forgotten landscape of decaying half demolished post war slums; 10-year-old Alan and his family make their way to the clinic for Mum's regular injection of Largactil, a torpifying drug intended to subdue her 'schizophrenic' inner voices and visions.
 
Alan takes upon himself the responsibility for holding his family together. He negotiates the two worlds his family inhabit: his mother's vivid inner world occupied by demons and angels, and the stark reality of everyday life haunted by poverty and the ever-present threat of the social services splitting up his family.
 
To others Alan's family is a world of 'spazos', of madness, neglect, and eccentricity - a dysfunctional family. To Alan, it is his family.

Details

Year
2004
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
18 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Yousaf Ali Khan
Producer
Janey De Nordwall, Michael Knowles
Editor
Nick Fenton
Screenwriter
Yousaf Ali Khan
Director of Photography
David Katznelson
Sound
Martin Folkes
Music
Andy Cowton
Principal Cast
Tracey Kearney, Stephen Buckley

Genre

Production Company

Silver Films in association with Northern Films
International Media Centre
Adelphi House
Salford M3 6EN
UK

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