The Boys of Ballikinrain : Press
“The Boys of Ballikinrain” was TV Pick of the Day in the Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Radio Times and The List.
It is used by various Social Work Departments in England and Scotland as a guide to the children themselves, and by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), the national agency responsible for training and development of school personnel. In addition the University of Edinburgh Law School now use it as part of their Youth Crime and Justice Syllubus.
Select reviews include:
“A remarkable film…Hair-raising. The lost boys found a voice”
“Children's home traumas laid bare”
“What the future holds for the Ballikinrain Boys is uncertain. Though the words of that arch philosopher Tony Soprano may come in useful here: ‘there’s only two endings for a guy like me: dead or in the can”
Directed by Stephen Bennett with extraordinary sensitivity the films get to know half a dozen individual boys whose trust had been gained and who are incredibly open, candid and their stories ultimately moving.