Starred Up

Starred Up
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 46min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Mackenzie
  • Written by: Jonathan Asser
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
  • UK release: 21 March 2014

Eric (O'Connell) is a 19 year old offender who's been moved to an adult facility because of his violent behaviour, but then he meets hardened criminal Neville (Mendelsohn), who happens to be his father. Gut-wrenching and insightful, with excellent performances and an abrasive but sensitive script peppered with welcome moments of humour.

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The Hot 100 2014: The Year in Scottish Film

11 Dec 2014

Filmmaker and critic Eddie Harrison reflects on some ups and downs for Scottish cinema

If 2014 was billed as Scotland’s decisive moment in politics, it was a year of ducking the big questions in terms of cinema. Scottish film production still depends on public subsidy, and with uncertainty about funding, 2014 saw little progress on any…

Profile: Jack O’Connell, rising star of Starred Up

13 Mar 2014

The actor can also be spotted in Skins, '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire

Born 1990, Derby, UK Background O'Connell grew up with ambitions to be a footballer, completing trials with Derby County as a teenager. He later turned to acting, with roles in Doctors and The Bill followed by film work, including This is England, Eden…

Starred Up

16 Oct 20134 stars

An eye-opening prison drama from David Mackenzie

A gut-wrenching and insightful look at life behind bars, told through the experiences of an alternately frightened and ferocious teenager, Starred Up is the ninth film from director David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe). Jack O'Connell (James Cook in…

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