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Peter Mullan (writer)
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Release Date:
21 April 1999 (France) See more »
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Are YOUR parents a burden?
Plot:
Four siblings gathered together for their mother's funeral in Glasgow face individual torments over night during a tumultuous storm that rips the roof off the church. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
10 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Douglas Henshall ... Michael

Gary Lewis ... Thomas
Rosemarie Stevenson ... Sheila

Stephen McCole ... John
Ann Swan ... Mother of Family
Gilbert Martin ... Frank
Jan Wilson ... Sandra (Woman in Bar)
Lenny Mullan ... Julian (Bar Manager)
Malcolm Shields ... Duncan
June Brogan ... Mona
Paul Doonan ... Lenny (Duncan's brother)
Linda Jane Devlin ... Evelyn (Waitress in Bar) (as Linda Cuthbert)
Lex Keith ... Himself
Hugh Ferris ... Himself
Joel Strachan ... Neil (Lad in Toilet)
Tam White ... Alistair (Taxi Driver)
Vanya Eadie ... Maria (Receptionist at Evettes)
Dorothy Jane Stewart ... Margaret
Michael Mallon ... Rab (Cheeky Boy in Street)
Alan Gracie ... James (Cheeky Boy in Street)
Jim Twaddale ... Liam (Bus Driver)
Frank Gallagher ... Tanga
Eric Barlow ... Mr. Bell
Frances Carrigan ... Mrs. Bell
Judith A. Williams ... Amanda (Baby-sitter)
Michael Sharpe ... David (Michael's Son)
Laura O'Donnell ... Carole
Lee-Ann McCran ... Anne Marie (Paper-girl)
Debbie Welsh ... Melissa (Paper-girl)
Donna Chalmer ... Bernadette (Paper-girl)
Sarah Hepburn ... Louise (Carole's Sister)
Deirdre Davis ... Alison (Carole's Mum)
Sheila Donald ... Mrs. Finch
Martha Leishman ... Alice
Catherine Connell ... Angela (Michael's Daughter)
John Comerford ... Ed (Carole's Dad)
Stephen Docherty ... Alastair (Barman in Pub)

Alex Norton ... Hanson
Louise Dunn ... Moira (Woman Collecting)
Luke Coulter ... Paper Boy (In Pub)
Laurie Ventry ... Henry (In Basement)
Maureen Carr ... Minnie (In Basement)
Steven Singleton ... Seamus (In Basement)
Kate Brailsford ... Deaf Boy's Mum
Luka Kennedy ... Fraser (Deaf Boy)
Helen Devon ... Jessica (Woman in Tube)
Josie Aitken Sheridan ... Duncan's Baby
Seamus Ball ... Father Fitzgerald
Dave Anderson ... Uncle Ian
Robert W. Carr ... Mr. Leitch (Undertaker) (as Robert Carr)
Jenny Swan ... Aunt Geraldine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Casey ... Peachy

Mary Jane Wells ... PC McGiffen (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Mullan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Mullan  writer

Produced by
Frances Higson .... producer
Paddy Higson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Craig Armstrong 
 
Cinematography by
Grant Cameron 
 
Film Editing by
Colin Monie 
 
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
 
Production Design by
Campbell Gordon 
 
Art Direction by
Frances Connell 
 
Costume Design by
Lynn Aitken 
 
Makeup Department
Claire Davies .... makeup assistant
Sara Kramer .... makeup assistant
Anastasia Shirley .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Miara Martell .... production manager (as Martell)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Goddard .... first assistant director
Guy Heeley .... second assistant director
Ted Mitchell .... assistant director: second unit
Michael Queen .... third assistant director (as Mike Queen)
 
Art Department
Paul Curren .... painter
Jim Davers .... dressing props
Caroline Grebbell .... art department assistant
Cliona Harkin .... assistant art director
Christopher Higson .... stand-by carpenter (as Chris Higson)
Mike Ireland .... prop buyer
Scott Keery .... props
Scott Keery .... stand-by props
William Maxwell .... stand-by stagehand
Alan Reid .... storyboard artist
David Reilly .... prop master
Alex Robertson .... carpenter
Tony Sheridan .... stand-by props
Danny Sumsion .... construction manager
Billy Wilson .... stand-by rigger
 
Sound Department
Peter Brill .... sound recordist
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
John Fitzgerald .... assistant dubbing mixer
Pat Hayes .... dubbing mixer
Lorraine Keiller .... dialogue editor
Bronek Korda .... additional adr artist
Alastair Mason .... sound trainee
Peter Murphy .... boom operator
Mike Prestwood Smith .... adr mixer
Mike Prestwood Smith .... adr recordist
Lionel Selwyn .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... foley recordist
Hilary Wyatt .... supervising dubbing editor
 
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
Nik Cooper .... special effects operator (as Nick Cooper)
Mark Haddenham .... special effects operator
Colin Tilley .... special effects operator
Mike Tilley .... special effects operator
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Corduroy .... model construction
Cliff Culley .... matte artist
Neil Culley .... model camera operator
Dick Dimbleby .... optical printer operator
Roy Field .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Stuart Clark .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Stuart Stark)
Danielle da Costa .... stunts
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunts
Steve Griffin .... assistant stunt coordinator
Ray Nicholas .... stunts
Nick Powell .... stunt coordinator
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adamson .... electrician
Stuart Bunting .... grip
Chris Burns .... focus puller: second unit
Eddie Burt .... grip
Fraser Campbell .... electrician
Oliver Cheesman .... camera operator: second unit
Kathy Friend .... focus puller: second unit
Joe Gormley .... camera trainee
Paul McGeachan .... best boy
Kirstin McMahon .... clapper loader
Alan McSheehy .... focus puller: second unit
Mark Ritchie .... gaffer
Jonathan Sykes .... focus puller
Garry Thomson .... electrician
Francis Todd .... focus puller
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
Alan Wylie .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Lenny Mullan .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margie Fortune .... wardrobe supervisor
Carole Miller .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Giles Burgess .... third assistant editor
David Gibson .... first assistant editor
Lorraine Keiller .... second assistant editor
Sylvia Wheeler .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Sarah Dolan .... music assistant
Sandy Dworniak .... music supervisor
Paul Hulme .... music engineer
Richard T. Norris .... music programmer
Roger Pollen .... orchestra contractor
 
Other crew
Gillian Berrie .... production coordinator
John Booth .... location manager
Neil Cairns .... trainee accountant
Louise Coulter .... production accountant
Emma Davie .... assistant to the company
Robert Etherson .... location assistant
Michael Higson .... location assistant
John McKain .... assistant accountant
Mark Murdoch .... floor runner (as Mark Murdock)
Emma Olver .... stand-in
Jessica Rundle .... production assistant
Bernard Shepherd .... armorer
Paul Shirley .... stand-in
Janis Watt .... script supervisor
Shirley Whiteside .... unit publicist
 

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101 min
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References Manon of the Spring (1986)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Surreal and brilliant, 6 April 2000
Author: jack-310 from Glasgow, Scotland

What starts out as simple film about four siblings trying to cope with their mother's death, soon becomes a surreal tour-de-force. Peter Mullen pulls off a very tricky script and several changes of mood in the film to create something quite unique. There are some marvellous set pieces in here. It's a brave choice to use black comedy to highlight the pain of bereavement, but Orphans triumphantly pulls it off.

It's just a shame the film company buried the film, as this is one of the great British movies of the last few decades.

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