An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.
The debut feature film from Scottish writer and director, Lynne Ramsay. Ratcatcher is set in Glasgow, 1973. The city, despite its Victorian grandeur, has some schemes with the poorest housing conditions in western Europe, such as no running hot water, no bathing facilities, and no indoor toilets. The city is midway through a major re-development program, demolishing these schemes and re-housing the tenants in new modern estates. The problems in these schemes are somewhat compounded by the binmen going on strike, creating an additional health hazard and a breeding ground for rats. James, a 12-year-old boy, is growing up in one of these schemes, which is gradually emptying as the re-housed tenants move out. James, with the rest of his family, patiently wait to be re-housed.
Ratcatcher was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, won the Carl Foreman Award for Newcomer in British Film at the BAFTA Awards the Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival and the Silver Hugo for Best Director at the Chicago International Film Festival.
This screening is being held in conjunction with Clio Barnard: In Conversation.