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Ken Loach


Status: Completed

Director(s): Ken Loach

Main cast: Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw

Short synopsis : Young troublemaker Robbie gets one last chance when his newly discovered 'nose' for whiskey leads him to the Scottish Highlands and the biggest gamble of his life.

Long synopsis : A bittersweet comedy about a Glasgow boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out. When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led. On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with 'Uisge Beatha,' the 'Water of Life'? Only the angels know...


  • Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, William Ruane, Jasmin Riggins


  • Producer(s): Rebecca O'Brien
  • Director(s): Ken Loach
  • Screenplay: Paul Laverty
  • DP: Robbie Ryan
  • Editing: Jonathan Morris
  • Original Music: George Fenton
  • Set Design: Fergus Clegg
  • Genre(s): Comedy

  • Production company: SIXTEEN NORTH LTD
  • Production date: 2012
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 106 min
  • Festival de Cannes 2012 - Competition
    Award(s) : Jury Prize
  • BAFTA Awards 2012
    Award(s) : Best Actor & Best Writer
  • César Awards 2013 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Foreign Film
  • European Film Awards 2012 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Composer
  • Norwegian International Film Festival 2012
  • San Sebastian Film Festival 2012
    Award(s) : European Film
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2012
  • Busan International Film Festival 2012
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012
  • Mumbai Film Festival 2012
  • American Film Institute Film Festival 2012
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2012
  • Ventana Sur - European Film Week 2012
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013
  • Beijing International Film Festival 2013
  • Shanghai International Film Festival 2013