Set in the estates of Greenock in Scotland, Liam (an astounding performance by new-comer Martin Compston) dreams of the family life he never had. With his mum to be released from prison in time for his 16th birthday, Liam is determined that things will be different. And that means creating a safe haven beyond the reach of wasters like his mum's boyfriend Stan and his own mean-spirited daughter. But first he's got to raise cash - no mean feat for a skint teenager. It's not long before Liam and his pals' crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can't let go.
This is shot on location in Greenock/Scotland and Ken Loach auditioned a newcomer for the lead role - impressive debut for him. This contains "very strong language" so much to the annoyance of the director and producer it got an 18 cert - it does seem that this is how (some)teenagers speak, but it cannot be watched by them, so it's understandable they don't agree with the BBFC.