Despite having a drunken, abusive father and a brother who leads a local gang John McGill is a studious boy for whom a bright educational future seems to beckon. However his studiousness isolates him and when he is invited to join the gang it gives him a sense of belonging. However he becomes increasingly more violet, stabbing a boy in the neck, for which his brother is blamed and jailed, and dropping a breeze block on a rival gang leader, causing him permanent brain damage. John is temporarily thrown out of his home by his mother and suspended from school though when he is readmitted he is placed in the remedial class. John now has no interest in education but in being the top boy amongst the NEDS or non-educated delinquents. He is invincible, and even the lions at the local safari park let him pass without attacking him. Written by
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The film uses "Non-Educated DelinquentS" as a "backronym" for "neds" as it is commonly used in modern day Scotland since the 90s. The English equivalent is chav. Many people including police officials and politicians (including famously Rosie Kane MSP) have discussed the term ned using this definition. As the term ned has been used far longer and dates back to the 19th century according to the OED it is not proven that this is the true origin of the term. See more »
Teachers were not allowed to smoke in classrooms in the mid-1970s. See more »
You can copy what you're missed off one of your classmates - that is, if they're not intimidated by your superior intellect.
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Peter Mullan's Neds has become one of the small number of electrical Scottish films that have been made within the last 20 years. As it goes Peter Mullan has always been interested in directing and from my point of view has a Ken Loach appeal about it when it comes to writing and producing scripts.
NEDS a film which portrays a young mans will to succeed in any circumstance and every hurdle which is played by society must be dealt with-in an appropriate 70s fashion. Living in Scotland not only is there defaults within any of the class systems but a constant bombardment from Parents,Police and Schools to do well. John McGill (Conner McCarron) becomes victim to this. He has the potential to fulfil any career prospect which is becomes knocked around by his unstable nuclear family and his authoritative teachers.
I have read some of the reviews on here and are somewhat critical. It is hard to understand what living in a poor background with an alcoholic father, a troublesome brother and horrible weather if your not partial to any of the surroundings. If you do not reside in any of these categories then it will be hard to acknowledge why (NEDS) want to fight each other over a measly piece of unfurnished turf which they themselves have no own-age rights.
If you liked Small Faces,Sweet Sixteen then this is a must. All credit to Peter and Cast. Please make more films in the future.
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