Stella Does Tricks

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  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1997
  • Running time: 99 min
Stella Does Tricks is a 1996 film about a young Glaswegian girl, played by Kelly Macdonald, working as a prostitute in London. The film was the first feature film directed by Coky Giedroyc, inspired by her previous work making documentaries about... read more
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Stella Does Tricks is a 1996 film about a young Glaswegian girl, played by Kelly Macdonald, working as a prostitute in London. The film was the first feature film directed by Coky Giedroyc, inspired by her previous work making documentaries about homeless people in Glasgow, Manchester, and London, and provided Macdonald with her first film role after Trainspotting. The film has been described as "an uncompromisingly feminist text, in which the Baby Doll turns Avenger", and by Lawrence van Gelder of the New York Times as a "bleak, perceptive portrait of the prostitute as a young girl torn between the need for genuine love and a career of sexual exploitation". Despite the film centering on the lives of female prostitutes, the only nudity in the film is male nudity. The screenplay was written by the novelist A. L. Kennedy, and draws in part on one of her earlier stories, Friday Payday. Cinematography was by frequent Ken Loach collaborator Barry Ackroyd.

Original Release

11/06/1997

US Release

01/28/2000

Cast

Kelly MacDonald Stella
Andy Serkis Fitz / thug
Hans Matheson Eddie / Stella's boyfriend
James Bolam Mr. Peters / pimp
Ewan Stewart Francis McGuire / Francis / Stella's father
Paul Chahidi Chris
Shaun Williamson Mr. Peters' driver
Lindsay Henderson Young Stella / Stella / child
Lisa Adam Child Stella's friend
Dimitri Andreas Greek Hotelier
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Coky Giedroyc

Writers

A.L. Kennedy

Cast

Kelly MacDonald Stella
Andy Serkis Fitz / thug
Hans Matheson Eddie / Stella's boyfriend
James Bolam Mr. Peters / pimp
Ewan Stewart Francis McGuire / Francis / Stella's father
Paul Chahidi Chris
Shaun Williamson Mr. Peters' driver
Lindsay Henderson Young Stella / Stella / child
Lisa Adam Child Stella's friend
Dimitri Andreas Greek Hotelier
Andrzej Borkowski Polish cafe owner
Antoine de Caunes Self
Claire Driver Angry Post Office Customer
Emma Faulkner Belle
Joyce Henderson Auntie Aileen
Molly Innes Cake shop owner
Suzanne Maddock Carol
Nick Stringer Edward
Richard Syms Donald
Jennifer Todd Child Stella's friend

Producers

Eddie Dick Executive Producer
Madeleine French Executive Producer
Ben Gibson Executive Producer
Adam Barker Producer
Sally French Producer
Angus Lamont Producer

Editors

Budge Tremlett

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