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USA: First Look Pictures
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, Michelle Stewart, Lynne Ramsay Jr, Leanne Mullen, John Miller, Jackie Quinn
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Countries: UK / France
USA: 94 mins
UK: 93 mins
UK Certificate: 15 for some strong language, nudity and sexual references
USA Release Date: 13 October 2000 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 12 November 1999
Set in the mid 1970s in Glasgow, Scotland, James Gillespie (William Eadie) is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family.
He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne (Leanne Mullen), a vulnerable 14 year old expressing a need for love in all the wrong ways, and befriends Kenny (John Miller), who possesses an unusual innocence in spite of the harsh surroundings. As the family's shared dream of moving to a new home fades, James finds a special place for himself, a half-built house, a place of solace.