Archive of films Wasted / Wasted

United Kingdom
2009, 108 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2009

Connor and Suzanne, who work as prostitutes and live in a squat with many other homeless people and junkies, stick together in order to face the harsh realities of their difficult lives. This naturalistic movie, shot as an improvisation, stars newcomers as well as actual homeless people and junkies.


Connor and Suzanne, who went to school together as kids, meet up again after many years. They both work as prostitutes and live at a squat with many other homeless people and junkies. They start to stick close together in an effort to face the harsh realities of their pitiable fate, and the abuse they suffer from so-called normal and respectable citizens. This highly naturalistic movie, which plays out in primarily one location – an old, ramshackle factory – was shot as an improvisation, with actual homeless people and junkies featured alongside Gary Lewis and newcomers Neil Leiper and Emma Hartley-Miller. The directors, who among other things have cooperated with several social centers, manifest deep knowledge of the life and lifestyle such people find themselves in. They don’t judge them, but just provide us a glimpse of the social fringes that we’d rather not look at.

About the director

Caroline Paterson and Stuart Davids have been working together for 18 years. They founded Glasgow’s Raindog Theatre Company, whose success led to a production company of the same name. They have produced 13 plays, and have shot two short films and three award-winning television series for the BBC. For the theater Caroline Paterson has directed John Osborne’s play The Entertainer, Wasted, Wasted II, and John Byrne’s Still Life. Wasted is their feature debut. They are currently working on their second feature.


Wasted Production Ltd
, , Edinburgh
United Kingdom

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Another View
Director: Caroline Paterson, Stuart Davids
Screenplay: Caroline Paterson, Stuart Davids
Dir. of Photography: Lol Crawley
Music: Jim Sutherland
Editor: James Hamilton, Phyllis Ironside
Producer: Wendy Griffin
Production: Wasted Production Ltd
Cast: Neil Leiper, Emma Hartley-Miller, Kate Dickie, Paul Thomas Hickey, David Hayman, Alan Tripney, Gary Lewis, Brian McCardie, Martin McCardie, David McKay
Contact: Wasted Production Ltd


Caroline Paterson

Film Director

Stuart Davids

Film Director

James Hamilton


Phyllis Ironside



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