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Joseph is a man plagued by a violence and rage who is driving him to self destruction. As he falls further into turmoil, Joseph scours the landscape in search of a single grain of redemption that might restore hope to his fractured life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins See more »
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Strong film due to convincing and well-delivered character observations See more (3 total) »


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Peter Mullan ... Joseph

Olivia Colman ... Anita

Paul Popplewell ... Pub Youth 1

William Ruane ... Pub Youth 2
Aston Kelly ... Pub Youth 3

Karl Johnson ... Jack
Mahesh Soneji ... Man in Post Office
Gaurav Soodan ... Youth in Post Office
Osman Mohammed ... Youth 1
Umer Mohammed ... Youth 2
Patricia MacHugh ... Barmaid
Dominic Curran ... Kid in Street
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Elliott Francis ... Teenager (uncredited)

Directed by
Paddy Considine 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paddy Considine 

Produced by
Gillian Berrie .... executive producer
Anna Duffield .... co-producer
Wendy Griffin .... line producer
Mark Herbert .... executive producer
Diarmid Scrimshaw .... producer
Paul Welsh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Chris Baldwin (original music by)
Cinematography by
Thomas Townend 
Film Editing by
Colin Monie 
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
Production Design by
Ursula Cleary 
Art Direction by
Martin McNee 
Costume Design by
Carole K. Millar 
Makeup Department
Sarah Fidelo .... makeup designer
Tracy Young .... makeup trainee
Production Management
Andrew Dearnley .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol-Anne Henderson .... second assistant director
Ted Mitchell .... first assistant director
Karen Quinn .... third assistant director
Art Department
Anne-Marie Coulter .... prop buyer
Shona Paton .... stand-by art director
Sound Department
Phil Croal .... sound recordist
Martin Cunningham .... boom operator
Ben Harvey .... sound effects editor
Greg Marshall .... sound re-recording mixer
Leyton Rooney .... foley editor
Visual Effects by
Justin Lanchbury .... DI film consultant
David Goodall .... fight arranger
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonny Kerr .... assistant camera
Damian Leitch .... camera trainee
Dean Rodgers .... still photographer
Casting Department
Des Hamilton .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Gareth Parry .... on-line editor
Andy Richards .... senior digital intermediate technician
Gareth Spensley .... colorist
Other crew
Dorothy Connolley .... script supervisor
Kieran Hannigan .... production trainee
Kathleen MacLeod .... production coordinator (as Kathleen Lambie)
Kathleen MacLeod .... production coordinator
Tina Pawlik .... assistant production coordinator
Niall Shamma .... production accountant
Peter Carlton .... thanks
Kahleen Crawford .... thanks
Sam Fox .... thanks
Sam Lavender .... thanks
Conor McCaughan .... thanks
Shane Meadows .... thanks
Gary Oldman .... thanks

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16 min

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Strong film due to convincing and well-delivered character observations, 30 April 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A man, Joseph, starts to come to a point of self-realisation about the effect that his violent and racist tendencies have on others and on himself when his rage sees him kicking his dog to the point of near death after a row in a pub. This BAFTA-winning short film from actor Paddy Considine was his directorial debut and was a personal film that he apparently wrote in only a few hours. This is not a fault with it because it appears that the character of Joseph was based on some of his father's characteristics and in this regard he was able to put them into actions easily enough.

The short film is all about the character of Joseph and his struggle to try and stop being the person that he is. In this story it is about his violent temper and so on but it could easily be about other things because as anyone with a "bad habit" knows, it is very difficult to know when you are doing it and therefore be able to stop it. Whether it be sarcasm, rudeness or something else, it often takes extremes to push oneself to the point of realising that it needs to change. The film captures this very well but it does help to have Mullan in the cast because this sort of character and setting is his bread and butter.

I don't mean to suggest that it was easy for anyone but Considine did say that he probably wouldn't have done the film without Mullan and you can understand why. His performance is really strong and the rage, self-loathing and lack of control are all plain to be seen in his eyes and body language. Considine directs well, with plenty of well-framed shots to draw the viewer into the film. I wasn't totally sure about the redemptive part of his film but I still found it to be a very well drawn character that made for a strong film. Not the most cheerful thing but still a very good short film.

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