DirectorGillies MacKinnon Initial DVD releaseDecember 22, 2006 (Japan) Duration CountryUK
Release date15 November 2002 (2002-11-15) Initial releaseMay 2, 2003 (United Kingdom) CastHarry Eden (Paul), Vinnie Hunter (Lee), Keira Knightley (Louise), Molly Parker (Mel), David Wenham Similar moviesFour Christmases, Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream, Something Borrowed, French Connection II, Drugstore Cowboy
Pure is a 2002 British film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. It starred Molly Parker, Harry Eden, David Wenham and Keira Knightley.
Following the death of her husband, 10-year-old Paul's mother Mel (Parker) comes to rely on an old friend, Lenny (Wenham), who is also a pimp and drug dealer. Soon Paul (Eden) must take care of both his mother and his younger brother. When Mel's friend and fellow user dies, Paul must confront the fear that has been gathering in the pit of his stomach: having lost his father, his mother too may abandon him due to her heroin addiction. Even with his limitations as a child, he takes action to stop this from happening. As this is happening, Paul befriends a pregnant Louise (Knightley), an older girl who is also a drug addict.
Most of the film was shot on location in east London with West Ham United's Boleyn Ground (Upton Park) featuring prominently. As Paul is a West Ham supporter the team's anthem "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" is a key part of the film's soundtrack.
Molly Parker as Mel
Harry Eden as Paul
David Wenham as Lenny
Keira Knightley as Louise
Vinnie Hunter as Lee
Marsha Thomason as Vicki
Geraldine McEwan as Nanna
Karl Johnson as Grandad
Gary Lewis as Detective Inspector French
Kate Ashfield as Social Worker Helen
Berlin International Film Festival
Won: Manfred Salzgeber Award (Gillies MacKinnon)
Won: Manfred Salzgeber Award - Special Mention (Harry Eden)