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THE HAPPY LANDS <span>(2012)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 108

BBFCInsight Contains strong language and moderate violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Robert Rae

Cast includes Kevin Clarke, Jokie Wallace, Aaron Jones

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 01/02/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE HAPPY LANDS is a Scottish community-led drama from Theatre Workshop Scotland, made with members of the Fife mining community and based on true stories. It tells of the struggle of coal miners and their families from Carhill, Fife coping with their strike in 1926. It is rated 12 for strong language and moderate violence

The film contains three uses of strong language ('f**k'), two of which are used within violent contexts as protesters are beaten and an informant is head butted and told that his presence is not welcome.

Moderate violence features during a scene in which men armed with truncheons beat up people who are marching in protest. Although the truncheon blows are not shown on screen, there is still sight of a woman with blood trickling from the side of her head after being hit. Her young daughter finds her and helps her to safety. Another scene takes place in the boxing ring and where gloves are worn, but is not part of a boxing match as one boxer beats up the other for personal reasons, leaving the man with a bruise on his face.

The film also contains a brief scene in which a rabbit is skinned and a scene of attempted suicide which is very discreetly portrayed, showing a young mother carrying her baby and walking into the lake before she is grabbed and rescued by a man. She explains that she could not produce any milk for the baby. However, the baby is fed by another woman and the young mother is looked after by the community.

There is mild language in the film including 'bastard', 'piss off', 'shit', 'bloody' and 'arse'.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


Cinema, DVD
Theatre Workshop Scotland Ltd (TWS),Soda Pictures Ltd.
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