Dir: Bill Douglas
Starring: Stephen Archibald and Jean Taylor Smith
A young eight-year old boy struggles with family hardship
This was the first part of Bill Douglas’ influential trilogy harking back to his impoverished upbringing in ’40s and ’50s Scotland. It was grim, it was hard hitting and depressing, but it has proved to become quite unique. This first part features two sequences centred on a footbridge that takes a footpath running between Newcraighall and Brunstone over the now lifted line between Niddrie Junction West and Monktonhall Junction. In both scenes, an industrial saddle tank working hard on a short coal train passes beneath the bridge. The film was followed by My Ain Folk (qv).