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Starred Up -- 19-year-old Eric is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates -- and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point -- Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him.
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Starred Up -- A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father.


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21 March 2014 (Ireland) See more »
We're all different on the inside
Eric Love is a 19 year old teenager who is so violent he has been 'Starred Up' (Moved to Adult prison)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack O'Connell ... Eric Love
Gilly Gilchrist ... Principal Officer Scott

Frederick Schmidt ... Officer Gentry
Edna Caskey ... Officer Evans
Darren Hart ... MacDonald

Raphael Sowole ... Jago

Duncan Airlie James ... Officer White

Anthony Welsh ... Hassan

David Ajala ... Tyrone
Jerome Bailey ... Reames
Basil Abdul-Latif ... Mubarak

Ben Mendelsohn ... Neville Love
Matt Faris ... Officer Hall
Aisha Walters ... Nurse Bankford

Sam Spruell ... Deputy Governor Haynes

David Avery ... Ashley
Tommy McDonnell ... Officer Self
James Doran ... Officer Smith

Ian Beattie ... Officer Johnson
C.C. Smiff ... Officer Corsair

Rupert Friend ... Oliver Baumer

Gershwyn Eustache Jnr ... Des
Ashley Chin ... Ryan
Sian Breckin ... Governor Cardew
Mark Asante ... Denton
Paul Lewis Ferguson ... Worsley

Peter Ferdinando ... Dennis Spencer
Jonathan Asser ... Officer Edwards
Paddy Rocks ... Officer Henry (as Patrick Rocks)

Ryan McKenna ... O'Sullivan
Anthony Adjekum ... Officer Wilson
Amma Boateng ... Officer Stokes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trevor Adams ... Prison Officer (uncredited)

Neil Brownlee ... Prisoner Gilliland (uncredited)
Sanjay Ghosh ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)
Hugh Irvine ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Shane McCaffrey ... Prisoner Mitchell (uncredited)
Gerald McMullan ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)
Graeme Peacock ... Prison Officer (uncredited)
Craig Stafford ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Michael Stuart ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Taylor Topal ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)

Directed by
David Mackenzie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Asser 

Produced by
James Atherton .... executive producer
Gillian Berrie .... producer
Andrew Boswell .... executive producer
Katherine Butler .... executive producer
Brian Coffey .... co-producer
Sam Lavender .... executive producer
Alexander O'Neal .... line producer
Jan Pace .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Michael McDonough 
Film Editing by
Nick Emerson 
Jake Roberts 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Production Design by
Tom McCullagh 
Art Direction by
Gillian Devenney 
Costume Design by
Susan Scott 
Makeup Department
Judith Laverty .... daily makeup artist
Kristyan Mallett .... prosthetics (as Kristian Mallett)
Deborah McCarthy .... hair stylist
Victoria Money .... makeup artist
Nicole Stafford .... make up and hair designer.
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Darragh .... second assistant director
Jamie Hamer .... third assistant director
Colin Kennedy .... second unit director
Graeme Livingston .... trainee assistant director
Joseph Quinn .... trainee assistant director (as Joe Quinn)
Neil Wallace .... first assistant director
Hussain Yasin .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Michael Cullen .... set dresser
Kevin Fraser .... scenic painter
Darren Lyttle .... property master
Peter Marley .... props
Tom McCullagh .... set designer
Neil McNally .... standby props
Christopher Moore .... standby props
Christopher Smith .... set dresser
Lynn Wilson .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Anna Bertmark .... adr editor (as AnnaMy Bertmark)
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Sandy Buchanan .... foley recordist
Robert Farr .... re-recording mixer
Ronan Hill .... production sound mixer
Rob Hughes .... re-recording mixer
Kevin McAlpine .... adr recordist
Daniel McCabe .... second assistant sound (as Daniel David McCabe)
Christer Melén .... sound effects editor
John Soukup .... sound recordist
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
James Clarke .... head of di
Sean Farrow .... visual effects supervisor
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator
Andy Quinn .... digital compositor
Katie Roehrick .... visual effects producer
Roger Serrabassa Vilar .... digital compositor
Daniel Tomlinson .... i/o manager
Rob Inch .... stunt coordinator
Florian Robin .... stunt double: Jack O'Connell
C.C. Smiff .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Cosmo Campbell .... camera operator: steadicam operator
Stephen Catney .... electrician
John Connon .... grip
Liam Devine .... second assistant camera
Tony Devlin .... gaffer
Sam Donaghy-Bell .... first assistant camera (as Sam Donaghy Bell)
Andy Gardner .... a camera focus puller
Scott Jamison .... data wrangler/digital imaging technician assistant
Ian Marrs .... digital imaging technician
Aidan Monaghan .... still photographer
Glenn Wootton .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Maria Mulhall .... extras casting
Aisha Walters .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Hill .... costume trainee
Margaret Pescott .... costume maker
Cathy Young .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Dan Bentham .... Post Producer
Linden Brownbill .... post-production engineer
James Clarke .... head of digital intermediate: Lipsync Post
Sarah Hughes .... negative checker
Adam Inglis .... colorist
Zuzana Klimova .... assistant editor
Iain Miller .... assistant editor
Diana Vasquez .... on-line editor
Location Management
Catherine Geary .... location manager
Seán Logan .... location assistant
Music Department
Tony Doogan .... music mixer
Tony Doogan .... music producer
Tony Doogan .... music recordist
David Geddes .... additional instrumentation
David Mackenzie .... music producer
Other crew
Megan Britton .... production assistant
Sam Ferguson .... assistant to producer (as Samuel Ferguson)
Julia Hall .... senior designer: titles
Helen Logan .... production assistant
Katrina McBriarty .... production coordinator
Stephen McConnell .... production accountant
Donnchadh McNicholl .... Legal and Business Affairs: Film4
Stephen Nex .... head of development: Sigma Films
Andrew Orr .... International Sales
Louise Purvis .... technical support
Howard Watkins .... head of design: titles
Douglas Graham .... very special thanks
Andreas Wiseman .... thanks
Esther Wouda .... thanks

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106 min
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Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn would later audition for a role in a Star Wars movie. O'Connell auditioned for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), but didn't get cast. Mendelsohn on the other hand got the part of Orson Krennic in Rogue One (2016).See more »
Continuity: When Eric is hanged and then cut off in his cell, Neville tries to bring him back to consciousness while the cloth strap is still around his neck. However in the next shot, Eric coughs and no strap or even hanging mark can be seen around his neck.See more »
[first lines]
Principal Officer Scott:Uncuff him.
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57 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Well made but think twice about this one..., 29 July 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

As I said above, think twice before going to see "Starred Up". I don't say this because it's a bad film--it is very well made in fact. However, it's one of the most violent and grim prison films you can find and it's likely to make many folks depressed watching it. Because it strives for realism, it is incredibly vicious, there's some full-frontal nudity and the language is truly prison-like! So, don't let your kids watch it* and think twice before you watch it as well. If you think you're up to it, the movie is worth seeing.

When the film begins, Eric (Jack O'Connell) is being processed in to prison. Exactly what he did to get there isn't ever clear--all you know is that he did some pretty bad things. However, after calmly walking through this, it's soon obvious that Eric is NOT your typical prisoner. It's not because he's so young--prison is full of young punks. However, he's so violent that even most of the prisoners are soon afraid of him. He is a boiling cauldron of rage and hate--and almost everything seems to set him off. Now you'd assume that such a nasty character would soon get himself killed, but Eric is so mean that he seems destined to possibly survive incarceration. However, a few of the old-timers are NOT pleased and it's all a matter of time until he's dead. But there is an interesting trump card--one of the old timers who practically runs the place turns out to be Eric's father. What's next? See the film.

My biggest problem with watching this film isn't the violence or language. A long time ago, in my therapist days, I worked with the prison population so I wasn't really shocked by all this nastiness. No, my biggest problem were the accents. I am a bit hard of hearing (my oldest daughter attributes this to be being 'an old fart'!) and I sure would have loved some captions. Perhaps when it's released to DVD this will be an option.

Aside from this, the film is well made and represents prisoners pretty well. It's sure a grim lot and I could understand folks not wanting to watch nearly two hours of such hate and anger--but this is how many folks behave inside prisons. So, if you're looking for realism, you sure have it with this film. And, although Eric is not a huge guy, Jack O'Connell does a good job playing this menacing, violent and incredibly dangerous young man. So, my verdict is that this is a very well made film....but one that probably won't have a lot of folks wanting to line up and see it. It is NOT a nice little story like "The Shawshank Redemption" but is ugly, raw and powerful.

*I normally would not recommend a film like this to kids. However, perhaps young hoodlums would do well to see what prison is like unless they decide to make some life changes.

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