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Sweet Sixteen -- Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
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Director:
Writer:
Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 October 2002 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's you and Liam, against the world. See more »
Plot:
Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Engaging and impressive despite being depressing and bleak See more (73 total) »

Cast

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Martin Compston ... Liam

William Ruane ... Pinball
Annmarie Fulton ... Chantelle
Michelle Abercromby ... Suzanne
Michelle Coulter ... Jean
Gary McCormack ... Stan
Tommy McKee ... Rab
Calum McAlees ... Calum
Robert Rennie ... Scullion
Martin McCardie ... Tony
Robert Harrison ... Tony's gang
George McNeilage ... Tony's gang
Rikki Traynor ... Tony's gang
Jon Morrison ... Douglas
Junior Walker ... Night-time
Gary Maitland ... Side-kick
Scott Dymond ... Davi-Vampire
Mark Dallas ... Pizza Boy
Stephen McGivern ... Pizza Boy
Robert Muir ... Pizza Boy
Matt Costello ... Motorbike Policeman
Sandy Hewitt ... Truck Driver
Mercy ... Three Legged Dog
Lily Smart ... Barmaid
Bruce Sturrock ... Caravan Site Manager
William Cassidy ... Mugger
Robert McFadyen ... Mugger
Stephen Purdon ... Mugger
Tony Collins ... Cold Pizza Man
Marie Shankley ... Woman on stairs
Louise Anderson
Jackie Baker
David Charles
Donna Clark
Robert Cowan
Samuel Cowan
Tracey Cowan
Anastacia Davies
James Doherty
Daniel Donnelly
Sally Fisher
Lynn Gardiner
Elizabeth Gatens
Christopher Graham
Michael Graham
Martin Gribbin
Darnell Hooks
Thomas Hopkins
Jean Keenan
Ann Marie Lafferty (as Anne-Marie Lafferty)
Ann Lynch
Gina McGee
Tommy McKinla
Theresa McNeil
Daniel McDermid
Donald McPhil
Robbie Meldrum
Maryanne Melvin
David Miller
Len Mullen
Summer Murray
Eileen O'Connor
Catherine O'Donaghue
Sharon Owens
Craig Park
Jean Robertson
Kieran Rowe
Mary Scott
Kenneth Shand
John Simpson
James Storey
Brian Strachan
Cherenay Strand
Jackie Sutherland
Kyle Turner
Chris Walker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Cameron ... Clubber (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Loach 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Laverty  screenplay

Produced by
Michael André .... co-producer
Ulrich Felsberg .... co-producer
Peter Gallagher .... line producer
Gerardo Herrero .... co-producer
Rebecca O'Brien .... producer
Luke Schiller .... german production: I.P.S. Berlin
 
Original Music by
George Fenton 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Morris 
 
Production Design by
Martin Johnson 
 
Art Direction by
Fergus Clegg 
 
Costume Design by
Carole K. Millar 
 
Makeup Department
Kamaura Eley .... assistant hair stylist
Sarah Fidelo .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Chad .... trainee assistant director
David Gilchrist .... first assistant director
Elaine Mackenzie .... assistant director (as Elaine MacKenzie)
Michael Queen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Adam Alexander .... dressing props
Sandy Borthwick .... painter
Phil Bowen .... carpenter
Julie Ann Horan .... assistant art director
William Maxwell .... stand-by carpenter
Campbell Mitchell .... stand-by props
Lee Porter .... prop buyer
Alex Robertson .... carpenter
Danny Sumsion .... construction manager
Ben Johnson .... daily dressing props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Ray Beckett .... sound mixer
Kieran Boyne .... sound assistant
Kevin Brazier .... supervising sound editor
Robert Brazier .... foley re-recording mixer
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor
John Fewell .... foley artist
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Murphy .... boom operator (as Pete Murphy)
Mark Sheffield .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Wolf Bosse .... special effects
Perry Costello .... armourer
 
Visual Effects by
Duc Minh Tran .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Stuart Clark .... stunts
George Cottle .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Dave Fisher .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator
Derek Lea .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joss Barratt .... still photographer
Julie Bills .... clapper loader
Robert Fernandes .... electrician
Carl Hudson .... focus puller
Paul Murphy .... gaffer
Georg Nonnenmacher .... best boy
Julia Robinson .... clapper loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deidre Johnston .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Paul Clegg .... second assistant editor
Shuna Frood .... post-production coordinator
Anthony Morris .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Simon Chamberlain .... music producer
George Fenton .... music producer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Steve Price .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
Willie Kelly .... action vehicles (as Willy Kelly)
Tim Schau .... driver
Mario Simon .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Joanna Ashton-Jones .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Emma Bedford .... floor runner
Andrew Bonner .... misc crew
Denise Booth .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Martin Butterworth .... title designer
Frank Graf .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Abigail Howkins .... production coordinator
Elizabeth Hurley .... production accountant
Brian Kaczynski .... location manager
James Lemus .... craft service
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Hailon Li .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Valentina Lori .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Lucy Marr .... assistant accountant
Pamela Marshall .... researcher
Beverley Murray .... production assistant
Karin C. Müller .... road movies team
Marie A. Nazar .... publicist
Volker Otte .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Leigh Pickford .... production assistant
Rainer Pyls .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Virginia Romero .... staff production associate
Ute Schneider .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Beverley Syme .... location assistant
Kai-Peter Uhlig .... crew member: Road Movies Filmproduktion
Jona Wirbeleit .... production team: Road Movies (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content and some violence
Runtime:
106 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Denmark:11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:18 | UK:15 (Inverclyde, Scotland) | USA:R
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The film was shot in sequence.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Engaging and impressive despite being depressing and bleak, 10 September 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Liam is a teenager surrounded by crime and poverty all around him. His step-father and grandfather having him smuggling drugs in to his mother's prison for her to sell on, while his activities with friend pinball can only politely be described as "anti-social". With his mother due to be released in only a few months, Liam is determined to get her a new start along with him, his sister and her young son. However his opportunities for getting money to set them up is limited and he steals drugs from his step-father's stash and tries to deal them off as quick as possible to make the money he needs.

At times watching a Ken Loach film is a bit like being having your face pushing down into something unpleasant for two hours; occasionally you get to come up and take a breath of fresh air but you are quickly pushed right back down again soon enough. So it is with Sweet Sixteen, which sets us down in a Scottish world of poverty and crime where "opportunity" is having a good supply and a good spot to sell, while being seen as having "potential" means that you can sell without using the stash yourself. Typically for those trapped within this sort of world, the goal is to get out of the situation but using the situation to do it but, unlike Jay Z, the story rarely sees the protagonists living to rich old lives married to the sexiest pop diva around.

In Liam's story his hope is not to become rich but just to get out of the area and hopefully get a normal life with his mother. The entrapping nature of his world is seen in the need to get in deeper in order to get out and so it goes. The gritty, depressing locations and the frequent, strong language are only cosmetic things that suggest the problem because really the grittiness is all in the characters and their situations. Laverty's script brings these out well without ever making it come over a preaching or hand-wringing, instead he just presents it for what it is, which is far from cheerful. It is depressing watching but yet quite compelling and convincing as it paints a world where "bettering oneself" is nothing more than liberal wishful thinking. Although tit isn't fair to criticise this story for being unrelentingly bleak, it is hard to watch it and, once seen, I cannot imagine why anyone would wish to rewatch it again even within the medium term.

The cast work well with the script though. Compston is convincingly ratty and very much the type of kid that most of us would avoid eye-contact with; however he manages to find the person in there early on, so that he can then do a good job of losing that same person as it goes on. Ruane has a simpler role but works OK it in, likewise Fulton, Abercromby and others all turn in natural performances. Credit to Loach again because he has drawn out convincing performances despite working with a mostly young cast.

There is no getting away from the fact that this is a depressing and bleak portrayal of life in poverty but, although not one you'll watch over and over again, it is an impressive and engaging film.

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