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A dark and unique portrait of Glasgow in the 1970s. When a young boy drowns in a canal, the friend who he was with - James - blames himself. But for a while at least, life goes on for James as usual - making the best of things in the council flat he shares with his parents and two sisters, and a friendship with an older girl who is a target of abuse for the local kids. Ratcatcher is a film where mood and visual images are as important as plot, and the results will stay in the mind long after other films have faded.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection alongside a screening from the No Borders, No Boundaries strand of the festival.
A film guide that looks at Ratcatcher (1999), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Enchanting film from famed British social realist director Ken Loach, about a young lad with an unhappy life, who befriends and tames a kestrel hawk.
7+ years 110 mins
Drama in which a young Scottish woman puts her name to her dead boyfriend's novel manuscript, takes his money and travels to Ibiza to party.
16+ years 93 mins
A sobering coming of age drama about 13-year-old Lex, a cocky teenager growing up in 1960s Glasgow who finds himself drawn into gang warfare.
14+ years 104 mins
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Inspired by the success of Greta Gerwig's brilliant new film 'Lady Bird', our curation team look at ten more brilliant debut feature films by female filmmakers.
Reading time 6 mins
Former head of history Daryn Simon explores how film can help young people to become increasingly active and thoughtful citizens.
Reading time 4 mins
A collection of previous winners of BAFTA's prestigious Outstanding Debut award to mark the organisation's 70th birthday.
No. of films6
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