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Glaswegian auteur Lynne Ramsay announced herself as an exciting talent with this sublime, yet sorrowful coming-of-age story set during the city’s rubbish strikes. Contrasting grime and grimness with striking, surreal imagery, the lineage of Ramsay’s visually arresting style and ability to locate hope amid hellishness is clear to see.





James Gillespie (William Eadle) is a young boy living on a rundown council estate in Glasgow in the early 70s. When a childish game at a nearby canal with a local boy gets out of control, James becomes increasingly isolated from his family and is drawn into a world of his own.