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Eden Valley (1995)

Set in the harness racing fraternity, this feature drama explores the conflict between urban and rural values and the relationship between an estranged father and son.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Hogg ...
Darren Bell ...
Billy Hogg
Mike Elliot ...
Jimmy Killeen ...
Probation Officer
Wayne Buck ...
Young Lad
Kevin Buck ...
Young Lad
John Middleton ...
Charlie Hardwick ...
Katja Roberts ...
Mo Harrold ...
Art Davie ...
Bill Speed ...
Amber Styles ...
Woman in Underpass
Rose Laidler
Brian Laidler


The film is set within a harness racing fraternity and explores the conflict between urban and rural values through the medium of an evolving relationship between father and son. The main character in the film, Hoggy, abandoned his wife and son ten years earlier to establish himself in an alternative lifestyle, living in a caravan and caring for his horses. The world gets turned upside down by the arrival of his teenage son, who has a prison sentence hanging over him. Billy has lived his life on an inner-city housing estate, and in his lifestyle theft and drugs are the norm. Using dramatic seasonal changes within the horse-trainer's environment we follow the development of this fragile relationship. Both father's and son's value systems are tested, with dramatic consequences. The roots of the film lie in the making of Seacoal, which was released in 1985. The film, depicted the lives of seacoalers on the Northumberland coast, and introduced members of Amber to a passion for horses, and... Written by Amber Films

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17 March 1995 (UK)  »

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Familiar story, but nicely done
8 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Sort of Ken Loach meets an after-school special – though far better than that sounds.

A somewhat cliché plot - young man in trouble is given one last chance, sent to live with his estranged, poor father who raises horses, and grows up in the process.

So the story is a bit old hat, even boring and slow at moments, but the details and performances are hyper real and subtle, and very rich. And it's all aided by subtle, quietly beautiful photography. In the end the familiarity of the general is outweighed by the freshness of the specifics.

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