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True North

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2006
  • Steve Hudson
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

Stormy sea drama starring Peter Mullan and Martin Compston. In a desperate bid to stave off debts, a fisherman agrees to smuggle Chinese immigrants across the North Sea, from Belgium to Scotland, in his father's trawler. But appalling conditions both above and below deck soon put the plan in peril.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Writer/director Steve Hudson's feature debut is a gut-wrenching tale of people-smuggling and divided loyalties, set aboard a Scottish trawler. Desperate to save his father's ship from repossession, Sean (Martin Compston) enlists the help of roguish deck hand Riley (Peter Mullan) in a plan to smuggle Chinese immigrants. But they end up butting heads when the situation grows increasingly perilous. Compston elegantly portrays his character's struggle to find a balance between helping his unwitting father (Gary Lewis) and getting the Chinese safely ashore, while Mullan gives a hearty, believable performance as man unused to thinking about consequences. Hudson's script deals in delicate shades of grey, and child actress Angel Li brings a sense of hope to even the darkest parts of the story. Her budding friendship with the mentally challenged cook (Steven Robertson) feels slightly pat, but, even so, this morality tale hits home hard.

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Credits

Cast

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RileyPeter Mullan
SeanMartin Compston
SkipperGary Lewis
CookSteven Robertson
Su LiAngel Li
PolHark Bohm
Chinese farmerWang Li Jun
MoonfaceRen Hao
SnakeheadShi Ming
HenriPat Kiernan

Crew

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DirectorSteve Hudson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Cinefilm
Released on
2007-09-14
Languages
English | Chinese
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Formats
Colour
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