Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Neds (Neds)

World Panorama

Peter Mullan / Feature Narrative / U.K., France, Italy / 2010 / 119 min / Color / 35 mm
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Coming of Age, Drama, Violence, Youth
Middle East Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Set in 1970's Glasgow, the film tells the story of John McGill, a shy and intelligent 16-year-old boy who, through a series of circumstances, turns into a NED - a non-educated delinquent and goes off the rails. He becomes increasingly violent and aggressive, all the while searching for a way out of his wretched home life. Peter Mullan examines to what extent we can retain or not human violence when we're just looking for some love. Winner of the best film and best actor prizes at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Mullan's latest feature marks his first film since 2002's acclaimed "The Magdalene Sisters," and in its depiction of a young man gone wayward it seems a perfect complement to the earlier film that was centered around troubled women. Mullan - a longtime actor who appeared in Danny Boyle's "Shallow Grave" as well as the last two Harry Potter films - also figures prominently on screen in his own feature, playing McGill's menacing father.

About the Directors

Peter Mullan
Born in Peterhead, Scotland, Mullan studied at the University of Glasgow. As an actor he appeared in "Trainspotting," "Braveheart" and "My Name is Joe," the latter winning him the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. He made his directorial debut with "Orphans," followed by "The Magdalene Sisters," which won a Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.


Peter Mullan
Peter Mullan
Alain De La Mata, Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
Colin Monie
Production Designer
Mark Leese
Executive Producer
Peter Carlton, Carole Sheridan, Brahim Chioua
Conchita Airoldi, Peter Mullan, Lucinda Van Rie
Colin Armstrong
Roman Osin
Peter Mullan, Louise Goodall, Marianna Palka, Conor McCarron, Gregg Forrest

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