Ratcatcher (Faber and Faber Screenplays) Paperback – 6 Dec 1999
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"Told with exceptional skill and feeling, Ratcatcher is deservedly rising far above the pack . . . an insightful, beautifully made film." --Rich Cline, "Cinezine" "Ramsay has found a confident style; she's not just a promising fist-time director, but a fully-fledged visionary from the start." --Jonathan Romney "A film of a unique kind." --Andrew O'Hagan, "Daily Telegraph" "Magnificent. The best debut by a British director in 15 years." --Michel Ciment
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Ratcatcher is the brilliant feature-film debut of 29-year-old Scots-woman Lynne Ramsay, one of the finest new talents in world cinema.
It is the summer of 1973, and 12-year-old James Gillespie lives with his family on a Glasgow estate, which looks increasingly wretched as a dustmen's strike wears on. One day, James inadvertently causes a pal of his to drown in the local canal, and he flees the scene,apparently unseen. He strikes up a touching intimacy with an older girl whom the other estate lads use for sex; and he dreams of leaving the estate for one of the big, clean, new houses being built a few miles out of town. But finally James cannot escape his circumstances any more than he can forget about his pal's untimely death.
'Ramsay's way with imagery - her sense of how and where to place the camera, and how to preserve the tone of a situation - makes Ratcatcher a film of a unique kind: the most interesting and humane British debut since Bill Douglas brought My Childhood to Edinburgh in 1973.' Andrew O'Hagan, Daily Telegraph
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