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Hector (2015)

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 His once comfortable family life has been replaced by a never-ending tour of service stations that offer him shelter, anonymity, washing ...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 »

Director:

Jake Gavin

Writer:

Jake Gavin
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4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... Transit Driver
Stuart Campbell ... Lavatory Attendant
John Colleary John Colleary ... Sol
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Storyline

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 His once comfortable family life has been replaced by a never-ending tour of service stations that offer him shelter, anonymity, washing facilities and food.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.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

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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Budget:

£1,250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Mullan & Keith Allen both starred in Trainspotting (1996) 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 »

Soundtracks

HITCHING SONG
Written by Emily Barker
Performed by Emily Barker by arrangement with Normal Music Ltd. / Domino Publishing Ltd.
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Moving Brit Indie of the life of a homeless man
21 January 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Peter Mullan ('Tyrannosaur') plays the eponymous 'Hector' in this film. He is sleeping rough in some part of Scotland with two friends and it is deep winter. He is in failing health but seems to just carry on eking out an existence.

The film follows him on a journey from Scotland to London to a temporary Christmas shelter that he has been attending for years. Here he knows people and sees it as a sort of family. And family is the one thing he has been running from but now feels it is time to reconnect with those from his past.

Now this is a simple story on first looking at it – but the complexities that lead a person to any given point in their life are never so straightforward and that is the case here too. The film reveals at a slow pace but with absolute charm. This is the sort of film that moves you with its sheer force of story telling and sense of human frailty and as such is a wonderful piece of cinema that I can only recommend.


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