Writer: Billy MacKinnon, Gillies MacKinnon
John Keane: composer_name
AFI Rank: -
BFI Rank: 98
Released the same year as Trainspotting the comparisons are only natural, but the films could not be more different. Both were still fresh when the BFI compiled their list in 1999. Trainspotting did not make the BFI Top 100 yet there at #98 is Small Faces. I had really looked forward to seeing this particular movie in the list. It fulfilled all the criteria. I had never seen or even heard of it, it had an excellent cast and a promising story. Maybe my expectations were too high going in.
|Iain Robertson steals the show as youngest brother Lex|
Without ruining too much of the plot, for me this is very much a parallel of the Judas story. That central element is strong but gets lost in a series of unnecessary excursions that while adding to the realism also manage to diminish the film's overall coherence.
The film notched up a surprisingly slim list of awards until you remember it shared the spotlight with the more commercial Trainspotting. A win at both the Edinburgh and Rotterdam international film festivals and a nomination for a Scottish BAFTA. Trainspotting won the BAFTA. Interestingly the BFI Top 100 is populated by another couple of films from this same awards year namely The English Patient and Secrets & Lies. The worldwide competition included Fargo, Shine, Jerry Maguire, Sling Blade, Hamlet, Michael Collins, Romeo + Juliet, Twister, That Thing You Do, James and the Giant Peach, Evita, and The People vs Larry Flynt. Not a bad year at all for film lovers.
For a movie on the BFI top 100 it is surprisingly hard to get a hold of a copy. It has not had a US DVD release and no UK blu-ray release either. Am I glad I saw it? Absolutely. Should you go out of your way to track down a copy? Probably not.