Gritty Scot

He got the idea for his latest film, The Magdalene Sisters , from a documentary he happened upon while channel surfing. If ever creative inspiration isn't so close at hand, writer-director Peter Mullan can look to his own bleak Glaswegian upbringing. The visuals would certainly be striking. Mullan's family led an outwardly prosperous life in a large pillared house that his mother instructed him and his seven siblings to tell people was owned, not rented. The lie fostered an illusion of affluence, but behind the fa├žade, says Mullan, "we didn't even have any furniture. We were dirt poor." The family's emotional landscape...

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