British film 'Neds' wins top prize at San Sebastian festival

25th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A film by Scottish actor and director Peter Mullan, "Neds", won top honours on Saturday at the San Sebastian film festival in northern Spain.

The jury, headed by Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic, awarded the Gold Shell to Mullan's coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Glasgow.

"Neds", a derogatory term used in Scotland referring to working-class white males, centres around a friendship between two teenagers from radically different backgrounds.

One has a drunk and violent father and lives in the city's housing estates, while the other comes from a middle-class family and has a bright academic future ahead.

Mullan, whose last directed "The Magdalene Sisters" eight years ago, is also a prolific actor, appearing in Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" and Ken Loach's "My Name is Joe" for which he won best actor at Cannes in 1998.

The prize for best director went to Franco-Chilean film-maker Raoul Ruiz for his movie "Misterios de Lisboa".

The best actor award went to young British actor Connor McCarron for his leading role in "Neds" while Spain's Nora Navas won the best actress prize for her part in "Pa negre".

© 2010 AFP

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