- Set in 1970s Glasgow, a coming-of-age tale about a young man's journey from prize-winning schoolboy to knife-carrying youth.
- Peter Mullan
- Peter Mullan
- Mhairi Anderson
- Martin Bell
- Conor McCarron
never less than shocking, powerful and utterly relevant, Time Out
With idle, negligent teachers, a brutal, alcoholic father (Peter Mullan), a cowed mother and a violent, antisocial brother, promising student John McGill (Conor McCarron) throws in his lot with local gangs for personal survival and self-respect, and ends up among the NEDS (Non Educated Deliquents).
Conor McCarron, John McGill was nominated for a BIFA Award for Most Promising Newcomer and won the Young British Performer of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for his outstanding debut performance in NEDS.
Peter Mullan, wrier/director grew up in Glasgow. He had roles in several Scottish films, including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Braveheart and Riff-Raff. He also began to work as a writer and director. His first full-length film Orphans won an award at the Venice Film Festival. Mullan’s appearance in Loach’s film My Name Is Joe, portraying a recovering alcoholic wrestling with his demons, won him the ”Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He appeared in the lead role in Brad Anderson’s 2001 psychological/supernatural thriller Session 9. In 2002 he returned to directing and screenwriting with the controversial film The Magdalene Sisters for which Mullan won a Golden Lion award from the Venice Film Festival. In 2004, he starred in On A Clear Day, Criminal, Shoebox Zoo, Children of Men and Boy A. He currently co-stars in the Red Riding Trilogy and the second series of ITV crime drama The Fixer. Recently Mullan appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Paddy Considine’s directorial debut Tyrannosaur.