The Bill Douglas Trilogy : My Childhood

by Bill Douglas 0h46min United Kingdom 1972
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Nicolas Philibert

I have not forgotten the ghostly and coal-like black-and-white, the fixed camera shots, the bare interiors that tell of coldness and solitude.


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The Bill Douglas Trilogy : My Childhood
by Bill Douglas

The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland. Cinema was his only escape - he paid for it with the money he made from returning empty jam jars - and this escape is reflected most closely at this time of his life as an eight-year-old living on the breadline with his half-brother and sick grandmother in a poor mining village. 

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  • Stephen Archibald : Jamie
  • Hughie Restorick : Tommy
  • Jean Taylor Smith : la grand-mère
  • Karl Fieseler : Helmuth
  • And with: Bernard McKenna, Paul Kermack, Helena Gloag, Ann Smith, Eileen McCallum


  • Director Bill Douglas
  • Scenario Bill Douglas
  • Photo director Mick Campbell
  • Sound Bob Withey
  • Editing Brand Thumim
  • Producer Geoffrey Evans
  • Production Compagny The British Film Institute (BFI)
  • Distributor Unified Film Organization (UFO)

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,33:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1972
  • Release date for France06/18/1997
  • CategoryShort film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageEnglish
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