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The Kid (The Kid)

World Panorama - Doha Tribecca Film Festival 2010

Nick Moran / Feature Narrative / U.K. / 2010 / 100 min / Color / 35 mm / In English / Arabic subtitles / Middle East Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


This inspirational drama based on the best selling autobiography by crime writer Kevin Lewis depicts a young man's escape from a brutal upbringing on a London council estate to his emergence as a bestselling author. Starring Rupert Friend and Natascha McElhone, the film was directed by Nick Moran, who previously tackled biographical fare with "Telstar: The Joe Meek Story" (2008). Moran, who himself was raised on a London council estate - that is, a concentrated, often neglected tract of public housing - brought his own sensibility and recollections to the project. As he told one interviewer, "It's Slumdog Millionaire set in Croydon. Or as the Americans who've seen it said, "It's like Precious but with skinny white people." Moran decided against making his film into an overly bleak weepie, calculating that the ultimate success enjoyed by the main character will appeal to women as well as blokes.

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About the Director

Nick Moran
An actor as well as a director and writer, Moran is probably best remembered as Eddy the card shark in the British gangster film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." He also directed and co-wrote the film "Telstar: The Joe Meek Story," a biopic of the Sixties rock producer. "The Kid" is Moran's second directorial credit.


Nick Moran
Kevin Lewis, Nick Moran
Judith Hunt
Trevor Waite
Director of Photography
Peter Wignall
Production Designer
Russel De Rozario
Executive Producer
Stephen May, Kevin Lewis, Edward Atkinson
Rupert Friend, Augustus Prew, William Finn Miller, Natascha McElhone, Ioan Gruffudd, Jodie Whitaker, Con O'Neill

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