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Hector has been living on the motorways for years. His once comfortable family life has been replaced by a never-ending tour of service stations that offer him shelter, anonymity, washing ... See full summary »

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Jake Gavin

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Jake Gavin
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Credited cast:
Peter Mullan ... Hector McAdam
Keith Allen ... Jimbo
Natalie Gavin ... Hazel
Sharon Rooney ... Young Mother
Sarah Solemani ... Sara
Ewan Stewart ... Peter
Laurie Ventry Laurie Ventry ... Dougie
Stephen Tompkinson ... Derek
Gina McKee ... Lizzie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emily Barker Emily Barker ... Shelter Entertainer No.1
Anna Bolton Anna Bolton ... Showroom Receptionist
Yvonne Bredow Yvonne Bredow ... Shelter Nurse
Paul Brennen Paul Brennen ... Transit Driver
Stuart Campbell ... Lavatory Attendant
John Colleary John Colleary ... Sol
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Hector has been living on the motorways for years. His once comfortable family life has been replaced by a never-ending tour of service stations that offer him shelter, anonymity, washing facilities and food. The story follows his journey south from Scotland on his annual pilgrimage to a temporary Christmas shelter in London where he finds comfort, friendship and warmth. Over the course of his Homeric journey, Hector decides to reconnect with his long estranged past. As his previous life catches up with him, the story of how he came to be leading a marginal life begins to emerge. Written by George Hencken

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Anywhere away is where he wants to be.

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Drama

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Hec McAdam See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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£1,250,000 (estimated)
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Dougie's dog is named Braveheart. Peter Mullan appeared in Braveheart as a veteran in some of the battle scenes. See more »

Crazy Credits

The words "Hello to Jason Isaacs" appear. It's a reference to the popular BBC Radio 5 live show Kermode and Mayo's Film Review. See more »

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HEC'S NEW SUIT
Written by Emily Barker
Performed by Emily Barker by arrangement with Normal Music Ltd. / Domino Publishing Ltd.
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The milk of human kindness. Totally enchanting movie.
28 November 2015 | by markgormanSee all my reviews

I was privileged to be at the premiere of this great movie at the Edinburgh International Film Festival tonight as guest of the co-producer, Simon Mallinson.

It's a low budget tale with a big human story at its heart that is carried off with consummate ease by its eponymous lead, Peter Mullan.

Mullan has slowly but surely risen up the star league over many, many years, but few parts can have given him such screen time, such total empathy with the viewer and such character.

Most people associate Mullan with aggressive, gritty, hard Scottish character parts but this, although gritty and Scottish, is the complete antithesis of that. He plays a long term homeless man that still cares about his appearance and his ability to integrate into his own form of society – his "real family" as he calls it.

It opens on Hector carefully going through his morning ablutions, only for the camera shot to widen and reveal that these are taking part in the public toilet of a northern Scottish shopping centre. Such is the lot of a homeless person that cares about how they look.

It's a road movie of sorts in that it follows the endless winter migrations of Mullen's character, Hector, North and South across the UK, sleeping in the outdoors, public toilets, motorway service station car parks, shopping centres but more positively in a London Christmas homeless shelter where he has, over the years, become something of a cause celebre.

The tedium of his life is beautifully realised in the succession of lifts he gets from kind hearted (and possibly lonely) lorry and van drivers and the slow pace emphasises the sheer monotony of a life with no real purpose.

And his situation, already bleak is heightened by the fact that every step he takes is contorted by some form of unexplained leg pain. Hector's life is clearly far from a picnic.

But, despite this, what lies at the movie's core is the milk of human kindness.

Each lift acquired, each gesture of charity (a free cup of tea, a shared meal, the tenderness of the London homeless centre's manager, played beautifully by Sarah Solemani) adds weight to the fact that homeless people are more often than not castigated for their situation, assumed to be beggars, spongers, thieves.

But, the truth is, each has a story, a reason, for their situation. And it's this kindness that Hector elicits, dramatised in tiny vignettes again and again, that marks this movie out from the usual "it's grim up north" docudrama that dwells constantly on the misery of life where one is cast aside from society.

It would be wrong to explain why Hector finds himself in his own situation, and for so long, so I won't spoil it. It sort of doesn't matter, but we are curious. What does matter is how Mullan crafts his perfectly rendered character into a lovable, sympathetic man and the absolute epitome of what makes people good.

To that end director and writer (based on a true story) Jake Gavin is to be congratulated on not only what is a decisive and confident debut but also a great human love story that potentially offers more to come.

Hector could come back, that's for sure.


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