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Neds -- From acclaimed actor/director Peter Mullan (Trainspotting; Magdalene Sisters). This coming of age drama about youth gang culture in 1970's Glasgow follows a boy full of promise as he descends into a life of crime. 2011 Festival Selection.
Neds -- Glasgow, 1973. As bright young man from a troubled family makes the transition into secondary school with the cards are stacked against him.


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Some people need to be taught a lesson.
Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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It's like a long, hard scream in the face, followed by a hammer to the head. A brilliant portrayal of anger and life on the wrong side of the tracks See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order)
Conor McCarron ... John McGill
Greg Forrest ... Young John (as Gregg Forrest)
Joe Szula ... Benny McGill
Mhairi Anderson ... Elizabeth
Gary Milligan ... Canta
John Joe Hay ... Fergie
Christopher Wallace ... Wee T
Richard Mack ... Gerr
Paul Smith ... Key Man
Khai Nugent ... Tam
Ryan Walker ... Sparra
Lee Fanning ... Minty
Ross Greig ... Fifey
Greg McCreadie ... Tora
Scott Ingram ... Casper
Cameron Fulton ... Crystal
Craig Kerr ... Rebel

Martin Bell ... Julian
Kat Murphy ... Claire
Stefanie Szula ... Linda
Annie Watson ... Agnes
Zoe Halliday ... Mandy (as Zoë Halliday)
Sara MacCallum ... Shelagh
John Forrest ... McCluskey Boy
Louis McLaughlin ... Robert
David O'Brien ... Bernard
Ross Weston ... Danny
Claire Gordon ... Louise
Marcus Nash ... Patrick
Victoria Rose ... Carole
Chelsey Hanratty ... Eileen

Peter Mullan ... Mr. McGill
Louise Goodall ... Theresa

Marianna Palka ... Aunt Beth

Steven Robertson ... Mr. Bonetti
Leigh Biagi ... Mrs. Cassidy
Laurie Ventry ... Mr. Gallagher
Alex Donald ... Mr. Halligan
Paul Donnelly ... Mr. Hendry
David McKay ... Mr. Holmes
Peter Lochburn ... Mr. Johnstone
Frank Miller ... Mr. Maloney

Stephen McCole ... Mr. McLeod

Gary Lewis ... Mr. Russell
Kenny O'Hara ... Mr. Maskell

Joe Cassidy ... Janitor
Lori McLean ... Mrs. Brown
Linda Jane Devlin ... Mrs. Matherson (as Linda Cuthbert)
Jason Harvey ... Bus Driver
Alex McSherry ... School Bus Driver
Gordon Brown ... Gamekeeper
Robert McDevitt ... Father Cronin (as Bob McDevitt)
Sam Hayman ... Jesus

Douglas Russell ... PC Connelly
Gary Hollywood ... PC Muir
Wendy Crosby ... Mrs. Graham
James McAnerney ... Singing DJ
Jamie Francis Campbell ... Desk Sergeant (as Jamie Campbell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Findlay ... Kelly (uncredited)

Joanna Kaczynska ... Singing Christian (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Mullan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Mullan  written by

Produced by
Conchita Airoldi .... co-producer
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Brahim Chioua .... executive producer
Olivier Delbosc .... producer
Robert How .... line producer
Alain de la Mata .... producer
Marc Missonnier .... producer
Peter Mullan .... co-producer
Carole Sheridan .... executive producer
Lucinda Van Rie .... co-producer
Original Music by
Craig Armstrong 
Cinematography by
Roman Osin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Colin Monie 
Casting by
Lenny Mullan 
Production Design by
Mark Leese 
Art Direction by
Caroline Grebbell 
Set Decoration by
Elaine McLenachan 
Costume Design by
Rhona Russell 
Makeup Department
Helen Cannon .... makeup assistant
Jessica Cruickshank .... makeup assistant
Maxine Dallas .... makeup assistant
Julie Dorrat-Keenan .... makeup assistant
Kate Elliot-Muir .... makeup assistant
Lisa Fletcher .... makeup trainee
Craig Joseph Forrest .... makeup trainee (as Craig Forrest)
Amy Gray .... makeup trainee
Tahira Herold .... hair designer
Tahira Herold .... makeup designer
Ashley Higgins .... makeup trainee
Claire McAndrew .... makeup assistant
Nicola Muldoon .... makeup trainee
Natalie Pacini .... makeup trainee
Lucy Primrose .... makeup assistant
Vivienne Simpson .... key makeup assistant
Nicole Stafford .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Susana Antunes .... post-production supervisor: Fidelite
Chris Cameron .... unit manager
Steve Harrow .... post-production manager: Steeple Post Production Services
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film4
Fiona Lamptey .... production manager: Film4
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Chris Nixon .... post-production manager: Steeple Post Production Services
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Boyle .... trainee assistant director
Stephen Carney .... third assistant director
David Gilchrist .... first assistant director
Mark Murdoch .... second assistant director
Anthony White .... third assistant director
Art Department
Rebecca Armstrong .... assistant buyer
George Booth .... stand-by props
Phil Bowen .... construction manager
Paul Campbell .... dressing props
John Condron .... dressing props
Paul Curren .... painter
Sam Curren .... painter
Jake Drummond .... stand-by carpenter
Derek Fraser .... stand-by carpenter
Jane Garvie .... painter
Fiona Gavin .... stand-by art director
Iain Geddes .... painter
Bill Gower .... stand-by props
Iain Harrison .... art department rigger
Martin Kelly .... draughtsperson
Martin Kelly .... graphic designer
Andy MacDonald .... carpenter (as Andrew MacDonald)
Bob Orr .... property master
Alan Reid .... storyboard artist
Alex Robertson .... carpenter
James Shovlin .... painter
Hugh Speirs .... stagehand
Jason Strachan .... labourer
Zoe Wight .... assistant art director
Ella Williams .... art department temp
Bobby Gee .... painter (uncredited)
Fred MacMillan .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Iain Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Bestwick .... sound trainee
Colin Gregory .... boom operator
Kahl Henderson .... supervising dialogue editor
Skye Lonergan .... foley artist
Douglas MacDougall .... supervising sound designer
Micheal MacKinnon .... foley supervisor
Kian McClure .... sound assistant
Colin Nicolson .... sound mixer
Chris Sinclair .... sound re-recording mixer
Neal Skillen .... sound assistant
Linda Wylie .... sound coordinator
Special Effects by
Stuart Wishart .... pyrotechnician
Perry Costello .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Bain .... digital compositor
Tim Caplan .... visual effects producer: Union Visual Effects
James Cundill .... digital restoration: Technicolor Creative Services
John Paul Docherty .... visual effects designer (as Paul Docherty)
Adam Gascoyne .... visual effects supervisor: Union Visual Effects
Max Horton .... colourist
Pieter Van Houte .... digital compositor
Martin Body .... lead rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Ian Holland .... flame artist (uncredited)
Christopher T. Page .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Nicky Walsh .... digital fx production co-ordinator (uncredited)
Paul Donnelly .... fight arranger
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator
Tony Lucken .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Anderson .... focus puller: "b" camera
Julie Bills .... camera operator
David Bourke .... rigging electrician
Phil Brookes .... gaffer
Stuart Bunting .... grip
Eve Carreño .... camera trainee (as Eve Carreno)
Robin Gautier .... libra mount operator
Alan Glover .... steadicam operator
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator
Cameron Howatson .... video assist (as Cammy Howatson)
David Hutchison .... video assist
John Hutton .... electrician
Iain Johnstone .... grip (as Iain Johnston)
J.P. Judge .... electrician
Joe Judge .... best boy
Derek McCulloch .... rigging gaffer
Kirstin McMahon .... focus puller: "a" camera
Andy Nutt .... camera trainee
Graeme Robertson .... still photographer
Julia Robinson .... focus puller: "b" camera
Chris Shaw .... clapper loader
Alf Tramontin .... steadicam operator
Alan Walker .... electrician
Alan Marshall .... electrician (uncredited)
Brian McGee .... electrician (uncredited)
Lenny O'Brien .... electrician (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sorcha McIlvride .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Campbell .... costume assistant
Lola de la Mata .... costume trainee
April Gilchrist .... costume assistant
Maria Papandrea .... costume assistant
Elaine Robertson .... costume supervisor
Richard Simpson .... costume assistant
Nat Turner .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Matthew Benns .... digital intermediate data manager
Matthew Bristowe .... digital intermediate producer
Clare Brody .... digital intermediate data manager
Giles Burgess .... first assistant editor
Lewis Carmichael .... post-production trainee
Dan Dolan .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Richard Etchells .... digital intermediate editor
Max Horton .... digital intermediate colorist
Scott Liddle .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Begoña Lopez .... digital intermediate producer
Steve Picket .... film grader
Ben Setterfield .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Pat Wintersgill .... digital intermediate editor (as Patrick Wintersgill)
Music Department
Andy Bradfield .... score mixer
David Donaldson .... score editor
Emma Ford .... assistant: Craig Armstrong
Scott Fraser .... composer: additional music
Scott Fraser .... music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Willie Bennie .... vehicle coordinator
Murray Donaldson .... driver
Roddy Garden .... driver: props
Graham Neil .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Geraldine Atlee .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Natalie Bass .... legal services: Lee & Thompson (as Natalie Usher)
Justine Bernal-Camargo .... assistant to producers: Fidelite (as Justine Bernal Camargo)
Marie Besan¸on .... legal: Wild Bunch
Jenifer Booth .... accountant
Sarah Booth .... assistant accountant
Mary Brehony .... legal: Scottish Screen
Mark Breslin .... title designer: ISO
Colin Burrows .... epk: Special Treats
Emma Clarke .... senior production executive: UK Film Council
Laurence Clerc .... chief executive officer: Fidelite
Miglet Crichton .... location manager
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council (as Lenny Crooks)
Victoria Dabbs .... production coordinator
Marilla De Lorgeril .... assistant to producers: Fidelite
Harry Dixon .... head of business affairs: Film4
Murray Donaldson .... runner
Katy Engels .... assistant: Peter Mullan
Jose Falcon .... assistant to producer: blueLight
Anne Flamant .... financial services: Neuflize-OBC
Clemence Forestier .... business affairs: Fidelite
Lindsay Goodall .... assistant coordinator
Glynn Henderson .... health and safety advisor
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Alasdair Kearney .... production runner
Wendy Kidd .... unit publicist
Robbie Kirkpatrick .... assistant location manager
Virginie Lacaze .... distribution manager: Fidelite
Alison MacDonald .... unit nurse (as Alison MacDonald)
Kelly Manns .... accountant: blueLight
Tim Maskell .... location runner
Linda McClure .... business affairs: Scottish Screen
Kevin McComskie .... floor runner
Gregor McEwan .... production runner
Alex McKay .... floor runner
Sophie Minet .... financial services: Neuflize-OBC
Steven Moore .... production trainee
Jean-Baptiste Morguet .... legal manager
Amy Munro .... assistant coordinator
Jamie Newton .... epk: Special Treats (as James Newton)
Lucie Nicod .... legal affair trainee: Fidelite
Nadjib Otmani .... production accountant: Fidelite
Christian Otty .... floor runner
Nicola Parker .... location trainee
Rebecca Pick .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Gladys Rayapin .... accountant: Fidelite
Sebastian Remy .... production trainee: Fidelite
Antonello Sammito .... assistant to producer: Studio Urania
Laurence Schubert .... production finance: Wild Bunch
Pierre Selinger .... legal: Wild Bunch
Zoë Smith .... crowd coordinator
Sandra Stewart .... accounts assistant
Stef Swiatek .... unit nurse
Anne-Marie Varona .... production finance: Wild Bunch
Thomas Vaudour .... legal affairs: Fidelite
Dolina Macfarlane .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Adam McIlwaine .... special thanks
Christopher David Mullan .... dedicatee

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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: The film is set in 1973. In the disco scene, "Teenage Rampage" by The Sweet is one of the records played. "Teenage Rampage" was released in January 1974. The band's previous single, "Ballroom Blitz" (September 1973) would fit with the film's chronology, but "Teenage Rampage" is better suited to the narrative which may explain the decision to use the later recording.See more »
Aunt Beth:They love us 'cause we tell it like it is, and we don't bow down to anybody.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
It's like a long, hard scream in the face, followed by a hammer to the head. A brilliant portrayal of anger and life on the wrong side of the tracks, 13 June 2011
Author: JSwallowX1 from Ireland

Peter Mullan has proved himself to be as good a director as he is an actor with some very good films and shorts. His short film "Fridge" in 1995 was one of the most eerie and disturbing pieces of film I think I've ever seen, primarily due to the nihilistic and tense atmosphere. "The Magdalene Sisters" in 2002 was a tremendous film that finally opened an nations eyes here in Ireland to the horrors that took place in these institutions for decades. Now, in 2010, Mullan returns home to the Glasgow of his youth with "Neds" (Non-Educated Delinquents). Set in the 1970's, the film charts the fall of a very smart kid who one summer falls into the wrong crowd and subsequently discovers an evil and dangerous person inside himself.

The film begins at a primary school where John McGill is receiving a school award for his outstanding academic achievements. He is finished primary school now and after the summer he'll be in secondary school. On this same day, he is verbally attacked by an older boy from the school who tells him that next year when he comes to 'his' school, he's going to get the crap beaten out of him, so to speak. McGill is terrified at first, but he goes to find his older brother Bennie who is a notorious thug around the estate. Bennie and his friend Fergie sort this bully out. And it looks like everything will be fine for John, and as the years go by, he finds himself top of all his classes. But when he is about seventeen, one summer changes it all and he finds himself heading down a violent and dark path that he won't be able to come back from...

I've been eagerly awaiting "Neds" ever since I seen the trailers for it months ago. When I rented it the other day, the inscription on the box further excited me: "Trainspotting meets This is England". Well in terms of nihilism and it's 'hold-back-no-punches' attitude, "Neds" is like "Trainspotting". In terms of the coming of age story and brutal empathy, "Neds" is like "This is England". However, "Neds" goes beyond the drama and horrors depicted in these films and is like a long, hard scream in the face. It's pretty violent, brutal at times, but it's all necessary for Mullan to bring to us what life was like, and today still is, for many young people who can find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time or just mixed up in a crowd that they can't get out of. Or, in McGill's case, they've done things - some horrible and barbaric things - that they just can't run away from. The past is never far behind.

Conor McCarron is superb in this film, and I found it very hard to believe it when I saw on his profile here on IMDb that this is his to date only performance. What a debut role to take on. His transformation from a quite, shy intellect into an absolute apathetic savage is brilliantly charted by directer Peter Mullan, and is evidently displayed in all it's horror and glory by McCarron. Mullan plays a role in this film himself, as McGill's abusive alcoholic father. Gary Lewis ("Gangs of New York") appears in quite a strange and quirky role as one of the teachers in the school.

"Neds" portrays teenage apathy and anger exceptionally well, it's definitely one of the best I've come across. It depicts gang activity and violence to the point that it's so realistic and devastating you want to look away, and unlike many other films (Such as "Green Street" for example), it can portray the gangs and culture and violence without glamorizing it. I came away with this film with a very strange and profound feeling of empathy in my gut, and it was as though I was shell shocked from it. The final, metaphoric scene, is amazing and just goes to show and prove the extent of Peter Mullan's brilliant talent. I look forward to his next project, and indeed, McCarron's next role.

I recommend "Neds" to everyone. It's a must-see because it tells it as it is in many places in society, and is a haunting testimony to does who find themselves on the wrong end of the tracks and never come back.

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