Bill Douglas Trilogy DVD

Bill Douglas, 1972-1978

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Directed by Bill Douglas

Produced in 1972-1978

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film


Bernard McKenna, Hughie Restorick, Jean Taylor Smith, Paul Kermack, Stephen Archibald


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Film Description

Comprises My Childhood (1972), My Ain Folk (1973) and My Way Home (1978).

Douglas' award-winning Trilogy is one of the most compelling accounts of childhood ever filmed. The narrative is largely autobiographical, following Jamie (played with heart-breaking conviction by Stephen Archibald) as he grows up in a poverty-stricken mining village in post-war Scotland. In these brutal surroundings, and subject to hardship and rejection, Jamie learns to fend for himself. We see him grow from child to adolescent – angry and bewildered, but playful, creative and affectionate.

In My Childhood (1972), 8 year-old Jamie lives with his granny and elder brother in a Scots mining village in 1945. With his mother in a mental home, and his father absent, he is subject to the hardships of poverty. In My Ain Folk (1973), Jamie is sent to live with his paternal grandmother and uncle; a life full of silence and rejection. My Way Home (1978) sees Jamie’s ultimate victory over his circumstances; after a spell in foster care, and a homeless shelter, he is conscripted into the RAF, where he embarks on a redemptive friendship with Robert, which allows him to emerge from his ineffectual adolescence to pursue his artistic ambition.

Watching the Trilogy is far from a depressing experience. This is cinematic poetry: Douglas contracted his subject matter to the barest essentials – dialogue is kept to a minimum, and fields, slag heaps and cobbled streets are shot in bleak monochrome. Yet with its unexpected humour and warmth, the Trilogy brims with clear-eyed humanity, and affection for an ultimately triumphant young boy.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BFI

Length: 175 mins

Aspect ratio: 1:1.33 (4:3) Standard

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 23rd June 2008

Cat No: BFIVD732

Subtitles: English HoH

DVD Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image (2006, 63 mins), a new documentary about Bill Douglas’s life and work
  • Come Dancing (1970, 15 mins), Douglas’s remarkable, rarely-seen student short
  • Rare archive interview with Bill Douglas
  • Illustrated booklet containing newly commissioned essays, notes and credits.

Community Reviews

by Michael Brooke on 3rd June 2008

The cinema’s greatest poets often died young: think of Jean Vigo or Humphrey Jennings. And while Bill Douglas survived till his fifties, his entire body of work takes ... Read on


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