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Stella Does Tricks (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 January 2000 (USA)
A young Glaswegian prostitute in London tries to start a new life.

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Coky Giedroyc

Writer:

A.L. Kennedy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kelly Macdonald ... Stella
James Bolam ... Mr. Peters
Hans Matheson ... Eddie
Ewan Stewart ... Francis McGuire
Andy Serkis ... Fitz
Paul Chahidi ... Chris
Lindsay Henderson Lindsay Henderson ... Young Stella
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Adam Lisa Adam ... Young Stella's friend
Dimitri Andreas Dimitri Andreas ... Greek Hotelier
Andrzej Borkowski Andrzej Borkowski ... Polish cafe owner
Antoine de Caunes Antoine de Caunes ... Himself (archive footage)
Claire Driver Claire Driver ... Angry Post Office Customer (scenes deleted)
Emma Faulkner Emma Faulkner ... Belle
Joyce Henderson Joyce Henderson ... Auntie Aileen
Molly Innes Molly Innes ... Cake shop owner
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Storyline

Stella, a young Glaswegian girl working as a prostitute in London, heads back to Glasgow with her new boyfriend and attempts to start a new life, but finds it difficult to break free of the cycle of abuse she has become trapped in. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De la part de Stella See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,361, 30 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,361, 30 January 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

The last line in the film "It's a story, but that's why I'm here to tell you stories, so picture the scene," is sampled as the first line in Wax Taylor's song "Our Dance". See more »

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Features Eurotrash (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Mine
Written by PJ Harvey (as PJ Harvey) Nick Bicât and A.L. Kennedy
Produced by and courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Music by Nick Bicât
Performed by PJ Harvey (as PJ Harvey)
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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I'm just not sure
9 August 2001 | by lisa-leoneSee all my reviews

I saw this film on cable last night. I really wanted to like it because I like Hans Matheson and Kelly Macdonald, but when it was over, I felt disappointed. I think my biggest pet peeve is that the filmmakers spent too much time trying to drive home the point that Stella was molested as a child (after the third flashback, even the dumbest audience member understands) and too little time developing the characters. I would have liked to know more about why Eddie is the way he is, and why Stella latches on to him as opposed to, say, one of her older Johns who isn't a drug addict. Perhaps it was intentional that the only person we get to know is Stella, because that way we can see just how messed up and confusing her life is. I'm just not sure.


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