Scout

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Details

Location

Belfast

Year

1987

Source

BBC NI

Format

film

colour

Length

59min 09sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

BBC NI

Rights Holder

BBC NI

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Description

TV film about the aspirations of young footballers in Northern Ireland.

Notes

Scout was one of a trio of TV dramas called NEXT. The aim of the trilogy was to encourage young writers to examine the troubles from a different perspective than civil strife and inter-community violence. The other two films in the NEXT TRILOGY are The Venus de Milo Instead, written by Anne Devlin and The Rockingham Shoot, written by John McGahern.

Scout was produced and directed by Danny Boyle, acclaimed director of Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, 28 Days later and Slumdog Millionaire - which won the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

 

Shot List

Palmer has been Manchester United's scout for generations of young footballers, finding the best talent in Ireland and sending them across the water to success whatever the background. Six young hopefuls gather at his secluded cottage for a weekend trial - but their aspirations of following the path of George Best from Belfast to Old Trafford are broken when a violent past graduate returns.

Credits

Cast - Ray McAnally - Palmer; Stephen Rea - Marshall; Colin Connor - Cherry; Michael Liebamn - Dodd; Gerard O'Hare - Turkington; Lloyd Hutchinson - Shields; Jeremy Chapman - Keevney; Paul Ryder - O'Toole; Producer/Director - Danny Boyle; screenplay (writer) - Frank McGuinness; Photography - Philip Dawson; Editor - Don O'Donovan; Designer - Phil Rogers

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