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Stella Does Tricks (1996)

A young Glaswegian prostitute in London tries to start a new life.




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Credited cast:
Ewan Stewart ...
Francis McGuire
Lindsay Henderson ...
Young Stella
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Adam ...
Young Stella's friend
Dimitri Andreas ...
Greek Hotelier
Andrzej Borkowski ...
Polish cafe owner
Antoine de Caunes ...
Himself (archive footage)
Claire Driver ...
Angry Post Office Customer (scenes deleted)
Emma Faulkner ...
Joyce Henderson ...
Auntie Aileen
Molly Innes ...
Cake shop owner


Stella, a young Glaswegian girl working as a prostitute in London, heads back to Glasgow with her new boyfriend and attempts to start a new life, but finds it difficult to break free of the cycle of abuse she has become trapped in. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA)  »

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De la part de Stella  »

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$2,361 (USA) (28 January 2000)


$2,361 (USA) (28 January 2000)

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The script was inspired by countless interviews with real teenage prostitutes. See more »


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This Is Mine
Written by PJ Harvey (as PJ Harvey) Nick Bicât and A.L. Kennedy
Produced by and courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Music by Nick Bicât
Performed by PJ Harvey (as PJ Harvey)
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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Loving Oneself, And Forgiveness, Should Never Be So Hard
30 January 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Stella is a young, alienated woman who is trapped by the tricks of her mind. She is driven into a life of prostitution by her mysterious past, which unfolds for the viewers in fractured, painful memories. Fragments of her childhood invade her present state of living, taking her back into a past which she longs to escape. She dreams of a redemption that will scourge her of her tortured memories, and allow her to live a new life, with her new-found love, Eddie. As she finally begins to break free of her past, Eddie's own tricks (drug use, prostitution) threaten to destroy their thread-bare happiness. Loving oneself, and forgiveness, should never be so hard.

Kelly McDonald (Stella) and Hans Matheson (Eddie) give stand-out performances in this feature debut by director Corky Giedroyc. McDonald and Matheson are sensitively waif-like, vulnerable, and utterly embraceable, as two down-trodden, drug-addicted prostitutes attempting to make the best of their young, shattered lives. Their emotional facial expressions comprise the bulk of writer A.L. Kennedy's concise dialogue. Giedroyc chose to film Stella amongst the squalid streets of Prague, slashing the scene-scapes with a distorted use of chiaroscuro, and real addict-prostitutes, whom the actors worked with prior to filming. This gives Stella Does Tricks an authentic ambiance of desperation, alienation, loneliness, and despair.

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