Peter Mullan shows his skill as both director and actor

After the triumph of Neds, here’s a timely reminder of where Peter Mullan’s excellence behind the camera began.

The titular orphans are three brothers and their disabled sister, whose grief on the night before their mum’s funeral explodes into wildly unpredictable misadventures.

Mullan harnesses his own acting – heart-on-sleeve intensity and coarse Glaswegian wit – but also displays fearless control over his ambitious tone.

Aiming to have you cry with laughter and weep real tears, it’s an evocative window into the family’s punch-drunk mindset.

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