About the film
new year's eve fascism loss of job depression era stuttering catholicism confession booth molotov cocktail
Release Date: January 23, 2001
|Production Companies||:||Road Movies, BBC, Liam Films|
|Producers||:||Tessa Ross, David M. Thompson, Ulrich Felsberg, Leo Davis, Pippa Hall, Michael André, Sally Hibbin, Colin McKeown, Donna Malloy, Martin Tempia|
|Writers||:||Jimmy McGovern, Roxy Spencer|
A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his first Holy Communion, gets a regular dose of fire and brimstone at church. Teresa, about 13, has a job as a maid to the Jewish family that owns the closed shipyard. The lady of that house is having an affair, and Teresa becomes an accomplice. Liam stutters terribly, especially when troubled. Dad comes under the sway of the Fascists, who blame cheap Irish labor and Jewish owners. A Molotov cocktail brings things to a head.