John McGill likes to learn, but as he advances to secondary school he realises that the system has already written him off because of his poor background.
In the early 1970s Glasgow of socialist Peter Mullan’s powerful film, no authority figure believes that a working class boy like him is worth teaching.
He is dismissed as a Ned—a Non-Educated Delinquent.
His middle class friend’s family thinks he’ll be a bad influence and drive a wedge between the two boys.
Before long he wonders if a Ned is all he can be.
The film’s dark realism is sometimes balanced by moments of fantasy and poetic beauty, but Mullan’s seething outrage is clear throughout.
Directed by Peter Mullan
Released 21 January