Liam


1h 31m 2000

Brief Synopsis

The story of a 7-year-old boy growing up in 1930s Liverpool. Liam's father works at the local shipyard, while his mother keeps the household afloat, pinching pennies, yet keeping spirits high. Life takes a terrible turn when the shipyard closes and Dad loses his job. Humiliated by the fact that his

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Bbc Films; Cineimage; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Road Movies Filmproduktion; Sales Company; Soho Images
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Alta Films; Atlas Film And Medien (Afm); CinTart; Cts; Curzon Artificial Eye; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Lionsgate; Studio Home Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Synopsis

The story of a 7-year-old boy growing up in 1930s Liverpool. Liam's father works at the local shipyard, while his mother keeps the household afloat, pinching pennies, yet keeping spirits high. Life takes a terrible turn when the shipyard closes and Dad loses his job. Humiliated by the fact that his teenage daughter, Teresa, must work as a maid in a wealthy Jewish household and that his eldest son is the family's major breadwinner, Dad loses his self-respect and becomes disillusioned. A Jewish pawnbroker buys their family trinkets for cash. Their Jewish landlord harasses them for rent. And Teresa's Jewish employer, the owner of the shipyard, is responsible for Dad's unemployment. Desperate for someone to blame for his misfortunes, Dad finds comfort and a sense of community with a group of Fascists who encourage him to blame the Jews for all of his troubles. Meanwhile, Teresa and Liam face their own crises of conscience and faith, as their mother hopes that the Church can hold the family together.

Crew

Westdeutscher Rundfunk (wdr)/arte

Funding

Michael Andre

Executive (Wdr/Arte)

Roger Arscott

Other

Chris Atkinson

Sound Recording

Vanessa Baker

Adr Voice Casting

Alexandra Caulfield

Costume Designer

Leo Davis

Casting Director

Julia Deakin

Song Performer ("Someone To Watch Over Me")

Brendan Donnison

Adr Voice Casting

Marrie Dorris

Additional Makeup

Andrew Dunn

Director Of Photography

William Dutton

Assistant Director

Ulrich Felsberg

Co-Producer

Stephen Fineren

Production Designer

Dorothy Friend

Script Supervisor

Trevor Gittings

Assistant Director

Matthew Gough

Re-Recording Mixer

Diane Greaves

Foley Artist

Daniel L Griffiths

Score Recorder & Mixer

Pippa Hall

Casting Director

Kristina Hetherington

Editor

Sally Hibbin

Executive Producer

Terry Isted

Foley Recordist

Peter Joly

Sound Editor

Glenn Marks

Stunt Coordinator

Grainne Marmion

Production Executive (Bbc)

Samantha Marshall

Makeup Supervisor

Jimmy Mcgovern

Screenwriter

Colin Mckeown

Producer

Joseph Mckeown

Inspired By Book ("The Back Crack Boy")

Sue Milton

Makeup Designer

Donna Molloy

Production Manager

Hannah Moseley

Art Director

John Murphy

Music

John Murphy

Music Arranger

Adam O'brien

Assistant Director

Kevin Pollard

Costume Supervisor

Michael Redfern

Foley Editor

Adrian Rhodes

Re-Recording Mixer

Tessa Ross

Executive Producer

Julie Scott

Production Executive (Bbc)

Bernadette Shortt

Song Performer ("Some Of These Days")

Roxy Spencer

Script Editor

Jason Swanscott

Foley Artist

Ted Swanscott

Foley Mixer

Jean Taylor

Production Coordinator

Martin Tempia

Producer

David M. Thompson

Executive Producer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Bbc Films; Cineimage; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Road Movies Filmproduktion; Sales Company; Soho Images
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Alta Films; Atlas Film And Medien (Afm); CinTart; Cts; Curzon Artificial Eye; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Lionsgate; Studio Home Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Mastroianni Prize for Best Young Performer (Megan Burns) at the 2000 Venice International Film Festival.

Expanded Release in United States October 5, 2001

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States Fall September 21, 2001

Released in United States November 2000

Released in United States on Video March 12, 2002

Released in United States September 2000

Shown at London Film Festival (New British Cinema) November 1-16, 2000.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Gala) May 24 - June 17, 2001.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentation/ The Bloomberg Tribute to Stephen Frears) September 7-16, 2000.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 30 - September 9, 2000.

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 30 - September 9, 2000.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Gala) May 24 - June 17, 2001.)

Released in United States on Video March 12, 2002

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentation/ The Bloomberg Tribute to Stephen Frears) September 7-16, 2000.)

Released in United States Fall September 21, 2001

Expanded Release in United States October 5, 2001

Released in United States November 2000 (Shown at London Film Festival (New British Cinema) November 1-16, 2000.)