Reached over 1m viewers when originally broadcast. First film for DP Ben Seresin who later shot World War Z, Transformers, Terminator 3. Also first film for BAFTA nominated (The Full Monty) editor Nick Moore. See more »
I remember seeing this when first broadcast and it's been repeated several times since.
Solid performances all around and a tight little story about a family in flux: the dad is a pacifist, one brother a wannabe soccer goalie and the other an army squaddie who is about to be sent off to Northern Ireland. While at first glance it appears to be a straightforward sibling rivalry drama, it neatly and indirectly dealt with the "Irish problem" in a deftly poetic way. This was at a time of renewed terrorism on the UK mainland, and a turning point in UK-Irish relations, so it was rare to see this on TV then and a bold gesture by the filmmakers.
Good to see Absolutely Fabulous's Julia Sawalha in a very different role and the gifted Olivier award-winning John Bardon as the soccer coach. Great editing by Oscar-nominated Nick Moore and fab-looking camera-work by Terminator 3/Tomb Raider DP Ben Seresin.
Job well done!
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