16 Years of Alcohol [DVD] 
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Gritty drama set in 1970s Edinburgh, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by writer/director (and former vocalist with punk band The Skids) Richard Jobson. Kevin McKidd stars as Frankie Mac, a troubled young man with a difficult past: his father was a hard drinker and his mother walked out on the family when he was only a boy. As a teenager, Frankie falls in with a street gang and becomes an alcoholic himself, although he attempts to clean up his act when he meets art-school graduate and record shop assistant Helen (Laura Fraser).
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However, despite such influences Jobson brings his own particular brand, or mix, of realism and dreamlike quality to the piece, underpinned by a great music score, and (for me) is entirely convincing. Laura Fraser provides a typically stalwart performance as the music store salesperson with whom McKidd becomes infatuated, and Susan Lynch is outstanding as the alcoholics' circle companion trying to wean McKidd off his obsession with alcohol (and violence).
This is just the sort of British film that should receive much greater exposure/promotion on release, instead of the very limited release it was given. Sadly, I don't believe that Jobson has matched this sterling effort in his subsequent films, most appear to have disappeared without trace and New Town Killers (which I did see), whilst an interesting idea (in effect a foretelling of the current global financial crisis!), was not as impressive as this debut.
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