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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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Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

The script was inspired by countless interviews with real teenage prostitutes. See more »

Connections

Features Eurotrash (1993) See more »

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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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Earnest, sincere reality film out of the UK
1 March 2002 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

"Stella Does Tricks" tells of a Scottish teen female's struggle to escape a life of prostitution. Sans the glitzy appointments of the usual tinsel town fare and exploitive sex and nudity usually accompanying the subject matter, this austere film focuses on the real problems of the principle; addictiveness of easy money, low self esteem from childhood abuse, etc. With excellent performances all around, especially by Mcdonald (Stella), this film's only flaw is annoying dreamlike flashbacking which is too often ambiguous in an attempt to be poetic. Good stuff for those into sincere, earnest, hardworking reality pix about the socially disenfranchised.


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