Twelve-year-old James (William Eadie) lives on a rundown Glasgow housing estate with his alcoholic father. Haunted by the drowning of his best friend, James is irresistibly drawn to the site of the death, which now plays host to a new housing development. There he meets a similarly troubled young girl (Leanne Mullen), with whom he strikes up an unusual friendship.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Drama set in the mid-1970s at the time of the dustmen's strike. James, a young boy living in a poor area of Glasgow, has a fight with another boy on a canal bank, as a result of which the other boy drowns. James says nothing about his role in the incident although it weighs heavily on his mind. He spends most of his time dreaming of the day his working-class family will be able to move to a better council house in a different area, but meanwhile finds himself drawn back to the canal bank. He starts to spend time with Margaret Anne, a slightly older and sexually active girl from the same neighbourhood, and also with the slightly simple boy Kenny. His environment and guilt all begin to oppress him however. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: British Independent Film Awards, ...Ratcatcher ( Rat catcher )