Posted at 2:03 PM on January 26, 2007
by Euan Kerr
About two-thirds of the way through Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men" Theo Faron (Clive Owen) meets a crooked prison guard called Syd. Syd talks about himself in the third person, and gives off the air of being an easy-going psychotic. He adds three or four notches of tension to an already over-tight situation.
"Syd" is played by Peter Mullan, an actor who is always worth a look, and often enough to make picking up any DVD where he plays even a bit part.
Check out his performance in the Mike Figgis adaptation of August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" where he plays a truth-speaking butler to the aristocratic Saffron Burrows, or the Channel-swimming obsessive in "On a Clear Day." Then there's his performance as the cuckolded barge-captain in "Young Adam."
Mullan also wrote and directed "The Magdalene Sisters," the horrifying story of abuse in Irish convent homes for young women. It is an amazing film, which demonstrates the true power of cinema.
So see "Children of Men," see Syd, and definitely watch Peter Mullan.
Wow! THAT was Peter Mullan??! What a chameleon. I would second all of those films especially MISS JULIE, really great!
I believe the name of the movie is Children of Men.
You are absolutely right, but I have developed some sort of parapraxis on this title. I even saw I had it wrong and meant to correct it. Thanks for the reminder.
Children of Men so brill and Clive Owen is totally gorgeous! Peter Mullan directed and acted in My Name is Joe. On google groups, he has a stunning Moslem girlfriend Robina Qureshi. Apparently they have a lot of common. She is unorthodox Islam. He struggled against an Irish Catholic background. That is why he made magdalene Sisters?
such a great film peter mullan is a good actor.
Yes he is a great actor. The Scottish press also reported that his girlfriend just gave birth to their first child. Does anyone know the origins of the girlfriend as she looks foreign. Also what age is Peter Mullan.