Orphans. Copyright: Film4.


1999 British comedy film about siblings and grief. Stars Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Stephen McCole, Rosemarie Stevenson, Frank Gallagher and others.



Renowned Scottish actor Peter Mullan (Mum, Trainspotting) made his feature film directing debut with this fierce jet-black comedy of familial grief shot in and around the streets of Glasgow where he grew up.

As four siblings reunite for the funeral of their mother, Orphans blends realist drama, wildly absurdist humour, and moving social observation. Gleefully unsentimental and taking wicked delight in subverting audience expectations, Orphans is a dark, dangerous, funny and extraordinarily touching modern classic of Scottish cinema.

First released: Monday 27th January 2020


  • Audio commentary with writer-director Peter Mullan (2000)
  • Orphans Reunited (2019, 60 mins): Hopscotch Films' 20th-anniversary documentary featuring interviews with Mullan, actors Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Stephen McCole, and Rosemarie Stevenson, composer Craig Armstrong, and others
  • The Making of Orphans (2000, 38 mins): archival documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage
  • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary (12 mins)
  • Audition tapes with optional director commentary (17 mins)
  • Three short films directed by Mullan: Close (1994, 17 mins), Good Day For The Bad Guys (1995, 23 mins), and Fridge (1995, 21 mins)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Michael Pattison, an archival article by Mullan, Mullan's open letter to FilmFour, critical responses, and film credits
  • Distributor: Powerhouse Films
  • Region: All regions
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 102
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: PHILTD157

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