Orphans


1h 35m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Four grown up children come together the night before the funeral of their mother in Glasgow. While Thomas sings a tribute in the local pub, a fight breaks out and Michael is stabbed. John wants to avenge his brother, while Thomas goes to chapel with his sister Sheila for an all-night vigil. Even he

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
SHOOTING GALLERY PICTURES/TSG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Synopsis

Four grown up children come together the night before the funeral of their mother in Glasgow. While Thomas sings a tribute in the local pub, a fight breaks out and Michael is stabbed. John wants to avenge his brother, while Thomas goes to chapel with his sister Sheila for an all-night vigil. Even here, though, is not safe, as a storm tears the roof from the church. Each sibling must find their own way to come to terms with their grief during a turbulent long, dark night of mishaps and misunderstandings. After an emotional and traumatic night, the siblings eventually reunite in grief.

Crew

Lynn Aitken

Costume Designer

Craig Armstrong

Music

Gillian Berrie

Production Coordinator

John Booth

Location Manager

Peter Brill

Sound Recordist

Stuart Brisdon

Special Effects Supervisor

Grant Scott Cameron

Other

Grant Scott Cameron

Director Of Photography

Oliver Cheeseman

Camera Operator

Frances Connell

Art Director

Billy Connolly

Song

Billy Connolly

Song Performer

Nick Cooper

Special Effects

Steve Corduroy

Miniatures

Felicity Cottrell

Foley Artist

Cliff Culley

Matte Painter

Neil Culley

Camera

Dick Dimbleby

Other

Sandy Dworniak

Music Supervisor

Hugh Ferris

Other

Hugh Ferris

Song Performer

Roy Field

Visual Effects

Margie Fortune

Wardrobe Supervisor

Will Fyffe

Song

Mark Goddard

Assistant Director

Campbell Gordon

Production Designer

Neil Grant

Song

Mark Haddenham

Special Effects

Albert Hammond

Song

Pat Hayes

Dubbing Mixer

Mike Hazlewood

Song

Guy Heeley

Assistant Director

Frances Higson

Producer

Paddy Higson

Executive Producer

Paul Hulme

Music

Doreen Jones

Casting

Lorraine Keiller

Dialogue Editor

Lex Keith

Other

Lex Keith

Song Performer

Bronek Korda

Adr Mixer

Mick Lennie

Other

Ted Mitchell

Assistant Director

Colin Monie

Editor

Peter Mullan

Screenplay

Richard T Norris

Music

Malcolm Paris

Camera

Reverend Vincent Perricone

Technical Advisor

Nick Powell

Stunt Coordinator

Michael Queen

Assistant Director

Alan Reid

Storyboard Artist

Lionel Selwyn

Foley Artist

Bernard Shepherd

Other

Anastasia Shirley

Makeup

Michael Prestwood Smith

Adr Mixer

Neil Smith

Assistant Director

Andy Stewart

Song

Ted Swanscott

Foley Recordist

Mike Tilley

Special Effects

Colin Tilly

Special Effects

John Ward

Steadicam Operator

Janis Watt

Script Supervisor

Hilary Wyatt

Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
SHOOTING GALLERY PICTURES/TSG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of Best Feature and Best Actor (Lewis) at the 1998 Gijon International Film Festival.

Winner of International Critics Week Prize and Pierrot award for best European first feature at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.

Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Film at the 1999 Paris Film Festival.

Limited Release in United States March 10, 2000

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States April 1999

Released in United States August 1998

Released in United States February 2000

Released in United States May 1998

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States on Video July 17, 2001

Released in United States Spring March 10, 2000

Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 13-24, 1998.

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 16-30, 1998.

Shown at Gijon International Film Festival in Spain November 20-27, 1998.

Shown at Miami Film Festival February 18-27, 2000.

Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 26 - April 11, 1999.

Shown at Paris Film Festival (in competition) April 6-13, 1999.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (International Critics Week) August 26 - September 8, 1998.

Feature directorial debut for Peter Mullan.

Released as part of distribution package: "Shooting Gallery Film Series" (Loews Cineplex Entertainment). The 1999 package also includes: "Such a long journey" (Canada/United Kingdom/1998), "Adrenaline Drive" (Japan/1998) and "Croupier" (United Kingdom/1998).

Expanded release in United Kingdom May 7, 1999.

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (International Critics Week) August 26 - September 8, 1998.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 26 - April 11, 1999.)

Released in United States February 2000 (Shown at Miami Film Festival February 18-27, 2000.)

Limited Release in United States March 10, 2000

Released in United States Spring March 10, 2000

Released in United States April 1999 (Shown at Paris Film Festival (in competition) April 6-13, 1999.)

Released in United States May 1998 (Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 13-24, 1998.)

Released in United States August 1998 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 16-30, 1998.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at Gijon International Film Festival in Spain November 20-27, 1998.)

Released in United States on Video July 17, 2001