Sweet Sixteen

Everybody's looking for you. The police have been round. What a waste. It's your birthday, you're sixteen - do you know that?

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    Sweet Sixteen Synopsis

    Liam’s mum, Jean, is in prison but is due to be released in time for his 16th birthday.  This time Liam is determined that things will be different. He dreams of a family life he’s never had, which means creating a safe haven beyond the reach of wasters like Jean’s boyfriend Stan and his own mean-spirited Grandfather.


    But first he’s got to raise the cash – no mean feat for a skint teenager.  It’s not long before Liam and his pals’ crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can’t let go.




    Martin Compston, Annmarie Fulton, William Ruane


    Ken Loach


    Rebecca O'Brien


    Paul Laverty

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    Credits summary:

    A Sixteen Films Production with Road Movies Filmproduktion and Tornasol/Alta Films in a British, German and Spanish Co-production. A Scottish Screen and BBC Films presentation with the support of Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen and The Glasgow Film Office in association with Diaphana Distribution, BIM Distribuzione, ARD/Degeto Film and WDR



    Running time:

    105 mins

    Release Dates


    4 October 2002

    In cinemas

    4 October 2002

    Out on DVD

    7 October 2003

    Broadcast on

    14 June 2015

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