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The Magdalene Sisters ()


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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 18 wins & 14 nominations.
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Sister Bridget
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Margaret
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Bernadette
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Rose / Patricia
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Crispina
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Una
Britta Smith ...
Katy
Frances Healy ...
Sister Jude
Eithne McGuinness ...
Sister Clementine
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Sister Augusta (as Phyllis McMahon)
Rebecca Walsh ...
Josephine
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Eamonn
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Brendan (as Chris Simpson)
Sean Colgan ...
Seamus
Daniel Costello ...
Father Fitzroy
Kate Christie ...
Dormitory Girls
Alison Goldie ...
Dormitory Girls
Jemma Heath ...
Dormitory Girls
Anita Hyslop ...
Dormitory Girls
Marianne McGill ...
Dormitory Girls
Leonna McGilligan ...
Dormitory Girls
Claire McKenzie ...
Dormitory Girls
Claire Murray ...
Dormitory Girls
Lynsey Robson ...
Dormitory Girls
Mariann Taylor ...
Dormitory Girls
Julie Austin ...
Theresa
Deirdre Davis ...
Margaret's Mother
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Margaret's Father
Pol McAdam ...
Band member at wedding
Sean McDonagh ...
Kevin
Sean Mackin ...
Priest at wedding
David Muldrew ...
Band member at wedding
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Young Eamonn
Kevin Shields ...
Band member at wedding
Ashley Conroy ...
Sonia
Pauline Goldsmith ...
Mrs Barton
Leanne Henderson ...
Amy
Stephen Mallon ...
Orphanage Boy 1
Jim Murray ...
Orphanage Boy 2
Christopher Sheridan ...
Orphanage Boy 3
Maureen Allan ...
Rose's Mother
Laurie Ventry ...
Father Doonigan
Jim Walsh ...
Rose's Father
Fran Brennan ...
Garda Sergeant
Gemma Burns ...
Ruby
Daniel Emerson ...
Crispina's Son - 2
Tracy Kearney ...
Crispina's Sister
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Young Man in Car
Gareth Milne ...
Psychiatric Nurse
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Mr O'Connor
Julie Wilson Nimmo ...
Girl with Baby (as Julie Nimmo)
Nick Powell ...
Psychiatric Nurse
Allan Sharpe ...
Archbishop
Callum Smith ...
Crispina's Son - 1
Flynn Turner ...
Crispina's Son - 3 (as Fynn Turner)
Margaret McGowan ...
Chaperones
Helen Game ...
Chaperones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Horsfield ...
Groom (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Mullan

Written by

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Peter Mullan ... (written by)

Produced by

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Ed Guiney ... executive producer
Frances Higson ... producer
Paddy Higson ... line producer
Andrea Occhipinti ... executive producer: Eyescreen
Rod Stoneman ... executive producer: The Irish Film Board
Paul Trijbits ... executive producer
Alan J. Wands ... co-producer (as Alan J. 'Willy' Wands)

Music by

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Craig Armstrong

Cinematography by

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Nigel Willoughby ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Colin Monie

Editorial Department

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Giles Burgess ... first assistant film editor
Yvonne McDonald ... negative checker
Sonya Scott ... post-production secretary

Casting By

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Lenny Mullan

Production Design by

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Mark Leese

Art Direction by

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Caroline Grebbell
Jean Kerr

Costume Design by

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Trisha Biggar

Makeup Department

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Candice Banks ... additional makeup artist
Carol Chambers ... additional makeup artist
Kate Elliot-Muir ... additional makeup artist (as Kate Elliot Muir)
Sindy Hely ... additional makeup artist
Dianne Jamieson ... makeup designer
Sylvie Francoise Kurz ... additional makeup artist
Fiona Maynard ... makeup artist
Catherine Muir ... additional makeup artist
Carole Reid ... makeup work experience
Karen Scott ... makeup trainee
Catherine Shirley ... additional makeup artist
Meg Speirs ... additional makeup artist
Stephanie Wedge ... makeup artist
Tracey Wells ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Janet Riddoch ... production manager (as Janet S. Riddoch)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jill Dempsey ... second second assistant director: crowd
David Gilchrist ... first assistant director
Tommy Gormley ... additional first assistant director
Elaine Mackenzie ... third assistant director (as Elaine MacKenzie)
Michael Queen ... second assistant director
Susan Radcliffe ... trainee assistant director
Katie Rennie ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Evelyn Barbour ... additional cash buyer
Mat Bergel ... stand-by props
Sandy Borthwick ... chargehand / painter
Phil Bowen ... construction manager
Duncan Burns ... stagehand
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz ... stand-by props
Paul Cowan ... laborer
Stewart Cunningham ... dressing props
Sam Curren ... additional painter
Laura Donnelly ... assistant art director
Bobby Gee ... stand-by painter
Angus Gentleman ... additional props
Ewan Gillespie ... additional carpenter
Alec Graham ... additional carpenter
Jane Harvie ... apprentice painter
Emma Henderson ... cash buyer
Christopher Higson ... supervising carpenter (as Chris Higson)
John Hughes ... painter
Piero Jamieson ... additional props
Scott Keery ... props master
William Maxwell ... carpenter
Duncan McDevitt ... dressing props
Elaine McLenachan ... production buyer
Dennis Murphy ... carpenter
Alan Reid ... storyboard artist
Alex Robertson ... stand-by carpenter
David Weatherstone ... additional props
Rhona Wilson ... dressing props
Dawn Youll ... apprentice plasterer

Sound Department

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Alan Collins ... sound facility manager: ardmore sound
Tony Cook ... boom operator
Felicity Cottrell ... foley artist
Debbie Dingwall ... additional boom operator
David Donaldson ... sound engineer / sound programming
Robert Farr ... adr re-recordist / foley re-recordist
John Fitzgerald ... re-recording mixer
Kahl Henderson ... dialogue editor
Tom Johnson ... re-recording mixer
Gayle Learmonth ... sound trainee
Douglas MacDougall ... supervising sound editor
Sandy Miller ... additional boom operator
Colin Nicolson ... sound recordist
Chris Sinclair ... foley editor
Ruth Sullivan ... foley artist

Special Effects by

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Steve Breheney ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Giles Livesey ... digital film colorist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gareth Milne ... stunt performer
Nick Powell ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Bourke ... best boy
James Bourke ... rigging electricians mate
Charlie Crawford ... unit photographer
Bonnie Dempsey ... clapper loader
Andrew Ford ... camera operator: "b" camera
Alick Fraser ... focus puller: "b" camera
Tom Gates ... gaffer
Chris Gilbertson ... additional electrician
Katharine Higgs ... camera trainee
Alan Maxwell ... focus puller: "b" camera
Mickey May ... electrician
Drew Meldon ... key grip
Paul Murphy ... additional electrician
Sam Osborne ... focus puller
Ross Pearson ... stand-by rigger
Tim Proctor ... grip: "b" camera
Glenda Rome ... clapper loader: "b" camera
Jamie Summers ... electrician
Tony Wilcock ... rigging gaffer (as Tony Wilcocks)
Lorna Will ... camera operator: "b" camera

Casting Department

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Victoria Beattie ... additional casting assistant (as Vicky Beattie)
Kara Johnston ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lee Dickson ... costume junior
Frank Gallacher ... additional costume assistant
Irene Godfrey ... costume assistant
Arnalie Harper Gow ... additional costume assistant (as Amalie Harper Gow)
Anne Matheson ... additional costume assistant
Tracy McGregor ... additional costume assistant
Michael Mooney ... costume supervisor
Marnie Ormiston ... key costumer
Claire Pettifer ... costume assistant
Ailsa Rendell ... additional costume junior
Alex Watherston ... additional costume assistant

Location Management

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Mike Bolam ... location scout
Cara Gavigan ... location scout (as Kara Gavigan)
Michael Higson ... location scout
Robbie Kirkpatrick ... location assistant
Beverley Syme ... location manager

Music Department

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Craig Armstrong ... conductor / music arranger
Matt Dunkley ... additional orchestrator / conductor: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Emma Ford ... music supervisor
Geoff Foster ... orchestra recordist / score recordist
Royal Scottish National Orchestra ... orchestra

Transportation Department

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Darren Bell ... facilities driver: Aeroshoot
Colin Crosbie ... unit driver
Gary Forsyth ... driver: camera truck
Graham Gordon ... driver: props
Graham Harrison ... facilities driver: Aeroshoot
David Love ... facilities driver: Aeroshoot
Gareth Reeve ... unit driver
Gordon Shillinglaw ... unit driver
Charlie Simpson ... facilities driver: Aeroshoot
Philip Twinberrow ... unit driver

Other crew

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Helle Absalonsen ... working crew: Digital Film Lab
Vicci Allen ... working crew: Digital Film Lab (as Vicci Allan)
Beth Armstrong ... unit nurse
Laurence Byrne ... trainee accountant
Susan Cairney ... unit nurse
Sarah Carswell ... production trainee
Gillian Clyde ... business affairs: Film Council's New Cinema Fund
John Cooney ... security: Atlas Security (as John Cooney)
Eric D'Souza ... working crew: Digital Film Lab (as Eric d'Souza)
Mark Devlin ... production coordinator
Brendan Diver ... caterer: Thistle Catering
Larry Eydmann ... health and safety advisor
Emma Ford ... assistant: Craig Armstrong
Helen Game ... chaperone
David Havard ... insurance: AON
Carol-Anne Henderson ... pre-production assistant
John Hinchliffe ... working crew: Digital Film Lab (as John Hinschliffe)
Vince Holden ... production finance: Film Council's New Cinema Fund
Steve Humphries ... director: "Sex in a Cold Climate" which inspired this movie / producer: "Sex in a Cold Climate" which inspired this movie
Christine Hunter ... unit nurse
Jacqueline Hurt ... lawyer: Olswang
Stephen Kane ... religious advisor
Jim Kerr ... developed with the financial assistance of
John Kirkham ... unit nurse
Kris Kolodziejski ... working crew: Digital Film Lab
Susie Liggat ... physical production executive: Film Council's New Cinema Fund
Giles Livesey ... working crew: Digital Film Lab
Andrew Lowe ... business affairs: Temple Films
Barbara Lynch ... production secretary
Phyllis MacMahon ... religious advisor (as Phyllis McMahon)
Lucy Marr ... assistant accountant
Mark McBride ... production runner
Jill McCullough ... voice coach: Geraldine McEwan
Kenny McGhee ... unit nurse (as Kenny McGee)
Margaret McGowan ... chaperone
John McKain ... production accountant
Bronagh Murphy ... trainee script supervisor
Jim O'Donnell ... unit nurse
Michael Osborne ... additional runner
Frederico Piacentini ... caterer: Thistle Catering
Pat Rambaut ... script supervisor
Les Reilly ... caterer: Thistle Catering
Malcolm Ritchie ... financial executive: PFP Films
Andreas Rostock ... working crew: Digital Film Lab
Jessica Rundle ... pre-production assistant
Scott Russell ... caterer: Thistle Catering
Sam Smith ... working crew: Digital Film Lab
Richard Starkey ... unit nurse
Alex Usborne ... production executive: Film Council's New Cinema Fund
Susan Waddell ... lawyer: Olswang
Jenny Williams ... pre-production assistant

Thanks

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Neil Ballantyne ... thanks: Summerlee Heritage Centre
John Booth ... thanks
David Brown ... thanks
Sonia Butterworth ... thanks
Leonard Crooks ... special thanks: Glasgow Film Office (as Lenny Crooks)
Belle Doyle ... thanks
Andrew Eaton ... thanks
Mike Fagan ... thanks
Jim Guthrie ... thanks
Graham Hawkins ... thanks
Jeffrey Honneiker ... thanks
Mags Horspool ... thanks (as Mags Horsepool)
Matt Hume ... thanks: Summerlee Heritage Centre
Mary Keane ... thanks
Darren Longthorne ... thanks
Ray Marston ... thanks (as Ray Marsden)
Eddie McGee ... thanks
Tracey McGee ... thanks
Celine McHugh ... thanks
Robert McNeilly ... thanks
Alexander Murray ... thanks
Irene Napier ... thanks
Claire Paterson ... thanks
Eddie Robinson ... thanks
Bob Robison ... thanks
Jane Roche ... thanks
Carole Sheridan ... thanks
Ian Somerville ... thanks
Bill Summers ... thanks
Ann Swan ... thanks
Katrin Swan ... thanks
Mairi Swan ... thanks
Paddy Swan ... thanks
Claire Wiles ... thanks: VFG
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A thoroughly mind-provoking film about 3 young women who, under tragic circumstances, see themselves cast away to a Magdalene Asylum for young women in 1964. One of many like institutions, the asylums are run like prisons and young girls are forced to do workhouse laundry and hard labor. The asylum, one of many that existed in theocratic Catholic Ireland, is for supposedly 'fallen' women. Here, young girls are imprisoned indefinitely and endure agonizing punishments and a long, harsh working system which leaves them physically drained and mentally damaged. As the girls bond together, it soon becomes clear that the only way out of the Magdalene convent is to escape, but with twisted Sister Bridget running the wing, any chances seem limited... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines In a place that defied belief their only hope was each other. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Die unbarmherzigen Schwestern (Germany)
  • Las hermanas de la Magdalena (Spain)
  • Les soeurs Madeleine (Canada, French title)
  • Magdaleena õed (Estonia)
  • Die unbarmherzigen Schwestern (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $15,722,258, 06 Nov 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia Former Magdalene Asylum inmate Mary-Jo McDonagh told director and writer Peter Mullan that the reality of the Magdalene Asylums was much worse than depicted in the film. See more »
Goofs In the beginning, a man plays a Taylor acoustic guitar. Taylor Guitars was established in 1974. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004). See more »
Soundtracks The Well Below the Valley See more »
Crazy Credits Thanks to ... Andy and Marco at Edit-Hire Post Production Services ... all at the Glasgow Film Theatre ... Lee at Lynx ... all the gardeners ... the people of Dumfries ... and all at VFG. See more »
Quotes Katy: [talking about leprosy] Anything that sticks out falls off!
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