Reference number: 7916
Director: d. Peter Mullan
Sponsor: Channel Four Films presents in association with The Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund and The Glasgow Film Fund [Development funded by The Scottish Film Production Fund]
Producer: Frances Higson
Production company: Antonine Greenbridge Production
Running time: 101.00 mins
Description: A funny and moving story of family rivalries and loyalties. After the death of their mother, a group of siblings go missing through the night in Glasgow. As a violent storm tears through the city, the brothers and their sister are torn apart during a long, dark night of mishaps and misunderstandings. Each must find their own way to come to terms with their grief through 24 hours of emotional and meteorological turbulence. As the city emerges from the storm battered and brusied, so too must the family emerge and unite to mourn at their mother's funeral. Orphans is a rare and powerful film, a devastatingly funny and tragic journey through the darker parts of family life. Synopsis from paper records deposited. Screenplay held (2nd draft) at National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Awards: 1999 Paris Film Festival - Grand Prix: Peter Mullan. 1998 Venice Film Festival - Cult Network Italia, Isvema Award, Kodak Award, Prix Pierrot: Peter Mullan.
Credits: w. Peter Mullan exec. p. Paddy Higson d. ph. Grant Scott Cameron m. Craig Armstrong film ed. Colin Monie designer Campbell Gordon costume designer Lynn Aitken make-up designer Anastasia Shirley Cast in order of appearance Michael [Flynn] Douglas Henshall Thomas [Flynn] Gary Lewis Sheila [Flynn] Rosemarie Stevenson John [Flynn] Stephen McCole Mother of Family Ann Swan Frank Gilbert Martin Sandra (Woman in Bar) Jan Wilson Julian (Bar Manager) Lenny Mullan Duncan Malcolm Shields Mona June Brogan Lenny (Duncan's Brother) Paul Doonan Evelyn (Waitress in Bar) Linda Cuthbert Lex Keith as Himself Hugh Ferris as Himself Neil (Lad in Toilet) Joel Strachan Alistair (Tax Driver) Tam White Maria (Receptionist at Evettes) Yanya Eadie Margaret Dorothy Jane Stewart Rab (Cheeky Boy in Street) Michael Mallon Peachy (Cheeky Boy in Street) James Casey Liam (Bus Driver) Jim Twaddale Tanga Frank Gallagher Mr Bell Eric Barlow Mrs Bell Frances Carrigan Amanda (Baby Sitter) Judith A. Williams David (Michael's Son) Michael Sharpe Carole Laura O'Donnell Anne-Marie (Paper Girl) Lee-Anne McCran Melissa (Paper Girl) Debbie Welsh Bernadette (Paper Girl) Donna Chalmer Louise (Carole's Sister) Sarah Hepburn Alsion (Carole's Mum) Deirdre Davis Mrs Finch Sheila Donald Alice Martha Leishman Angela (Michael's Daughter) Catherine Connell Ed (Carole's Dad) John Commerford Alastair (Barman in Pub) Stephen Docherty Hanson Alex Norton Moira (Woman Collecting) Louise Dunn Paper Boy (In Pub) Luke Coulter Henry (In Basement) Laurie Ventry Minnie (In Basement) Maureen Carr Seamus (In Basement) Steven Singleton Deaf Boy's Mum Kate Brailsford Fraser (Deaf Boy) Luka Kennedy Jessica (Woman in Tube) Helen Devon Duncan's Baby Josie Aitken Sheridan Father Fitzgerald Seamus Ball Uncle Ian Dave Anderson Mr Leitch (Undertaker) Robert Carr Aunt Geraldine Jenny Swan Crew casting d. Doreen Jones casting ass. Lenny Mullan 1st ass. d. Mark Goddard 2nd ass. d. Guy Heeley 3rd ass. d. Mike Queen floor runner Mark Murdoch sc. supervisor Jani Watt continuity trainee Karen Wood p. man. Martell p. co-ordinator Gillian Berrie p. ass. Jessica Rundle p. runner Jenny Williams ass. to the company Emma Davie location man. John Booth location ass. Michael Higson, Robert Etherson p. accountant Louise Coulter ass. accountant John McKain trainee accountant Neil Cairns wardrobe supervisor Margie Fortune wardrobe ass. Carole Millar make-up ass. Sara Kramer, Claire Davies sd. rec. Peter Brill boom operator Peter Murphy sd. trainee Alastair Mason focus pullers Jonathan Sykes, Francis Todd clapper loader Kirstin McMahon camera car driver Clive Tocher camera trainee Joe Gormley steadicam operator John Ward grips Eddie Burt, Stuart Bunting gaffer Mark Ritchie best boy Paul McGeachan electricians John Adamson, Fraser Campbell generator operator Gary Thompson 2nd Unit camera operator Oliver Cheesman focus puller Alan McSheehy focus operator Andrew Ford focus pullers Chris Burns, Kathy Friend ass. d. Ted Mitchell, Neil Smith art d. Frances Connell ass. art d. Cliona Harkin art dept. ass. Caroline Grebbell storyboard artist Alan Reid prop master David Reilly prop buyer Mike Ireland dressing props Jim Davers stand-by props Scott Keery, Tony Sheridan construction man. Danny Sumsion carpenter Alex Robertson painter Paul Curran stagehand Mark Brady stand-by carpenter Chris Higson stand-by stagehand William Maxwell stand-by rigger Billy Wilson rigger nightshoots Tony Richards 1st ass. ed. David Gibson 2nd ass. ed. Lorraine Keiller 3rd ass. ed. Giles Burgess supervising dubbing ed. Hilary Wyatt dialogue ed. Lorraine Keiller dubbing mixer Pat Hayes ass. dubbing mixer John Fitzgerald foley rec. Ted Swanscott foley artists Lionel Selwyn and Felicity Cotterell ADR mixer Mike Prestwood Smith add. ADR Bronek Korda special effects supervisor Stuart Brisdon special effects operators Mark Haddenham, Mike Tilley, Colin Tilley, Nick Cooper visual and model effects Roy Field B.S.C. matte and scenic artist Cliff Culley model cameraman Neil Culley model construction Steve Corduroy optical painter Dick Dimbleby stunt co-ordinator Nick Powell ass. stunt co-ordinators Stuart Clark, Steve Griffin stunt performers Daniella da Costa, Nrinder Dhudwar, Ray Nicholas, Nick Wilkinson armourer Bernard Shepherd unit publicist Shirley Whiteside stills ph. Alan Wylie stand-ins Emma Oliver, Paul Shirley unit drivers Jas Brown, Danny Mitchell artist winnebago Colin King chaperones Anne Marie Coulter, Lucy Kennedy, Anne Sharpe carer to Rosemarie Stevenson Annette Stevenson Screen Facilities Group Carl Whitehouse, Jim Wyse, Dave Anforth, Tony Boucher Thistle catering Brendan Diver, Tom Gibb, Charlie Duffy, Nicky, Tom Urquhart Medical support British Red Cross, Starts, Buckingham Back Clinic, Splashsports religious technical advisor Rev. Vincent Perricone rostrum camera Malcolm Paris title artwork Blue Peach opticals GSE-Mick Lennie neg. cutting Sylvia Wheelers orchestra The BT Scottish Ensemble m. programmer Richard T. Norris m. supervisor Sandy Dworniack orchestra contractor Roger Pollen m. ass. Sarah Dolan m. engineer Paul Hulme Soundtrack Billy Connolly - Solo Concert "Marie's Wedding", "The Jobby Wheecha!!!" "The Crucifixion". All written and performed by Billy Connolly, courtesy of Sleepy Dumpling Music Songs "Ye Can Come And See The Baby" written by Will Fyffe, performed by Hugh Ferris and Les Keith courtesy of Francis Day and Hunter Ltd. ; "The Air That I Breath" by Mike Hazlewood / Albert Hammond performed by Gary Lewis courtesy of EMI April Music / Roodoo (?) Music; "Going Doon The Water" by Neil Green and Andy Stewart performed by Hugh Ferris and Les Keith courtesy of Lochside Music Publishing; "You Take The High Road" performed by Hugh Ferris and Les Keith; "Bean-Bag" (Fairground Music) composed and arranged by Shandy and Dave courtesy of Test Industries sd. design Reelworks foley rec. De Lane Lea ADR rec. Goldcrest Studios m. rec. Air Edel Studios film lab. Rank Film Laboratories camera equipment and film stock Sammy's lighting equipment Lee Lighting sd. equipment Brill Sound grip equipment Grip House North cherry pickers and cranes Brogan Access film ed. equipment Edithire car hire Arnold Clark truck hire Turner Hire Drive action vehicles Brian Morrison security Forgewood Security insurance Aon Ruben - David Havard lawyer S.J. Berwin - Jacqueline Hurt completion board Film Finance Services dubbing studios Ardmore Sound Antonine Greenbridge would like to thank the following for their support in the making of this film George Thompson, CAVA Studios, Kay Sheridan, Denise Gibson, Anne Coulter, Anne, Marie and Patrick Swan, Paul McManus, Kate Leys, Eddie Dick, St. John's Reform School, All Saints Episcopal Church, SCET, Glasgow Film Theatre, Crosshill Parish Church, Jim Irvine, MCPS, Mike Alaxander - Pelicula Films, Dave Read, John Gow, Glasgow Film Office, Kevin Kane, Albert Gonella, Billy Connolly This film is dedicated to Patricia Mullan (1923 - 1993) Mixed in Dolby Digital Surround Sound at Ardmore Studios, Bray, Ireland. Edited on film. Filmed entirely on location in Glasgow, Scotland. Development funded by The Scottish Film Production Fund. An Antonine Greenbridge Production for The Glasgow Film Fund and Channel 4. © Channel Four Television Corporation MCMXCVII