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The Innocent

Fortnight 1985, Feature film, 1h36


For the past few years, I have wanted to make an intimate film in contrast to The Long Good Friday, The Honorary Consul and A Sense of Freedom. The Innocent, dealing with the sharp emotions of family life in a close-knit community of a Yorkshire mill town in the troubled Thirties, is just that sort of film. This time of life when a child is about to become a man, when innocence is suddenly clouded over by adult emotions and desires, is an area I find intersting, involving and deeply moving. A chapter of life closed, never to be re-opened. It is sad but natural. And I think universal. Something in the style of Ray Jenkin’s writing found a strong echo in me, perhaps because we are both Celts. Nevertheless, I regard this film as truly European in concept and style. John Mackenzie


John Mackenzie

He was born in Great Britain. He was a teacher and worked at the Gareway Theater of Edimbourg. He went to London where he started working in television. he directed his first drama for BBC in 1967: Voices in the Park. He made around fifteen prestigious directions. He directed his first feature film in 1969. In 1980, The Long Good Friday revealed him to the audience.

Kika Markham
Liam Neeson
Miranda Richardson
Tom Bell

Ray Jenkins

Roger Deakins

Tony Woolard

Francis Monkmam

Production : TVS/Tempest Films, Londres, Grande-Bretagne Vente à l’étranger : Virgin Films United, Londres, Grande-Bretagne