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Lynne Ramsay (writer) and
Harold Manning (french adaptation)
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It's the Christmas season. With her mom's help, Lynne, a girl of perhaps eight, dresses up; her younger brother Steven plays with a toy car... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Lynne Ramsay Jr. ... Lynne
Martin Anderson ... Steven
James Ramsay ... Da
Denise Flannagan ... Ma
Jackie Quinn ... Woman
Lisa Taylor ... Girl
Robert McEwan ... Boy
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Directed by
Lynne Ramsay 
Writing credits
Lynne Ramsay (writer)

Harold Manning  french adaptation

Produced by
Gavin Emerson .... producer
Barbara McKissack .... executive producer
Oscar van Heek .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Alwin H. Küchler  (as Alwin H. Kuchler)
Film Editing by
Lucia Zucchetti 
Production Design by
Jane Morton 
Art Direction by
Chris Cull 
Robina Nicholson 
Costume Design by
Gill Horn 
Makeup Department
Nikki Brannan .... makeup designer
Production Management
Karen McConnel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chi-shan Cheung .... third assistant director (as Chi Shan Chung)
Anneli Downing .... first assistant director
Nigel MacInnes .... third assistant director
Marvin MacKenzie .... third assistant director
Art Department
Andy Drummond .... art department assistant
Vivien Mackay .... assistant art director
Jamie MacWilliam .... art department assistant
Tim Munro .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Kenny Allan .... boom operator
Stuart Bruce .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucien Grieve .... grip
Ian Jackson .... gaffer
Henrietta Larkin .... clapper loader
Drew Mansell .... electrician
David Taylor .... electrician (as Dave Taylor)
Scott Ward .... focus puller
Other crew
Margaret Graham .... continuity
Leigh Hurst .... production assistant
Joan Johnston .... production assistant

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15 min

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This short film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Ratcatcher (1999).See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
'Gasman', 9 February 2005
Author: bgilch from Montreal, Quebec

I've never been a fan of short films for their 'art-school' and 'experimental' qualities. Simply being a product of those two is not enough. They are almost always too personal, too opaque, and too much obviously serving as 'stepping-stones'.

I was therefore happy to see Lynne Ramsay's short films as the chrysalis for her superb feature films. I was also impressed to learn that she won the Cannes short-film prize, *twice*. And now I can see what others saw in her, for _Gasman_ is the best short film I have ever seen.

Available on the Criterion DVD with _Small Deaths_ and the less good _Kill the Day_, _Gasman_ is a fully-fledged, visionary film that translates directly into the skill and grace of _Ratcatcher_.

_Gasman_ moves directly from the first piece of _Short Deaths_, with the distant father and Lynne Ramsay Jr. again taking centre screen. But _Gasman_ comes to a kind a fruition--a full story with many of the same themes and techniques of _Ratcatcher_: closely observed yet elliptical human behaviour, housing projects, slum-beauty, children's natures, a jumbled impressionistic world caught in partial body closeups and shots from behind people.

The film 'tells' nothing, but the story is dead clear and builds slowly to an emotional pitch that is almost unbearable.

This is a film of jaw-dropping beauty. Sounds trite, but that's how I feel. When the Da and two kids walk on the tracks, the camera is set to a partially closed iris which intensifies the available light and colour in an otherworldly sheen--one that is gone when they return on the same tracks at night, in disappointment. Beauty in service of story is the key.

This *is* the best short film I have ever seen.

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