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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 »
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10 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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one of the most unique films ever See more (33 total) »

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)

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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References Manon of the Spring (1986)See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
one of the most unique films ever, 12 May 2001
Author: deltoro12 from Chicago, IL

orphans is truly one of the best films i have seen in a long time. written and directed by peter mullan (who is already an amazing actor--miss julie, my name is joe), orphans takes us through the lives of four siblings who have to cope with the death of their mother. gary lewis (billy elliot) is the eldest, but most childish, son who cannot let go of mummy; stephen mccole (rushmore) is the juvenile delinquent of the family; rosemarie stevenson is their wheelchair-bound sister; and douglas henshall (twice upon a yesterday) is the adult of the lot who has to keep the family together. we see how each of the siblings deals with her death--whether it's by singing a song in a kareoke bar or getting into a brawl with another person, the siblings act on their emotions and often get into trouble.

the movie was a good mix of comedy (watch for the priceless scene with stephen mccole spying on a neighbour), drama, and action. douglas henshall was amazing, as he has to deal with his siblings as well as his own ex-wife and son while he is coping with mum's death. his character is so real and believeable. there are also many sweet scenes in the film, such as the scene in the beginning where they all remember being comforted by their mum during a storm. this movie kept me interested with its great script and acting, and everyone in it was excellent. stephen mccole especially did a great job--before orphans i knew his as just the mean scottish kid in rushmore. he represented the frustration of youth and also offered a lot of comic relief to the plot too. this is not your typical film, and i think it follows in the tradition of good scottish filmmaking. definitely check out orphans if you are looking for a dark comedy that is well-written with a cast of very talented actors. and it does come with subtitles, if you aren't good with scottish accents.

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