• Synopsis
  • Reviews
  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Synopsis

    Silent Scream is based on the life and work of convicted murderer Larry Winters.

    Incarcerated for the wanton killing of a Soho Barman, Winters became the Scottish prison system’s most violent inmate before his transfer to Barlinnie Special Unit- an experiment in alternative, democratic treatment of prisoners- where Larry began to write music and poetry of raw distinction. His story and personality are explored in the random impressions of his final drug delirium as his memories pass freely between childhood in Glasgow and rural Carbisdale, school, holiday outings, the army, a joyous trip home on day parole and thirteen years of prison experience.

  • Reviews

    David Hayman’s remarkable film darts back and forth across Larry’s life in the course of his increasingly fantasised final night, employing a complex but stunningly realized collage of memories dreams and nightmares, with a brilliant central performance from Iain Glen. If he was a native of New York and this was an American Movie, Glen would be called the new Pacino.

    The Scotsman, George MacKay/Wolfe Murray

    British film in competition, Silent Scream will probably not get the Oscar next year, like My Left Foot, which was rejected by Cannes. But this study of Larry Winter, who was diagnosed as a psychopath and died of a drugs overdose, is an unorthodox narrative with some real power to it. No one, not even the British, could possibly deny the superb performance Glen gives at the centre of this imaginative debut feature directed by David Hayman.

    The Guardian- Derek Malcolm

    of the finest films ever made in Scotland. It boasts a brilliant prize winning performance from Iain Glen. Don’t miss.

    The List, Trevor Johnston

    Iain Glen emerges as an unusually virile and charismatic new British star and deservedly won the Silver Bear for best actor. His performance becomes a tour de force, attractive, alternately gentle and vicious, bewildered by his own violence. Glen discards the protection most actors use for their safety and allows his interpretation a dangerous vulnerability.

    The Times

  • Awards

    • Iain Glen: Silver Bear for Best Actor-Berlin Film Festival 1990
    • Iain Glen: Evening Standard Best Actor Award 1990
    • The Michael Powell Award for British Film of The Year
    • Scottish Bafta Award Best Film 1991
    • Nominated Golden Bear for Best Film Berlin Film Festival 1990
    • David Hayman won the OCIC Award 1990
  • Credits

    Iain Glen
    Larry Winters
    Anna Kristen
    Mary Winters
    Julie Graham
    David McKail
    Dr English
    Tom Watson
    Harry Jones
    Frank Winters
    Paul Samson
    Andrew Barr
    Steve Hotchkiss
    John Murtagh
    Ken Murray
    Robert Carlyle
    Big Woodsy
    Douglas Henshaw
    Billy McElhaney
    Bill Riddoch
    Finlay Welsh
    Jonathan Battersby
    Angela Chadfield
    David Scott (II)
    Television Reporter
    Kenneth Bryans
    1st Prison Officer
    Frank Gallagher
    2nd Prison Officer
    Martin McCardie
    3rd Prison Officer
    David Hayman
    4th Prison Officer
    Gilbert Martin
    Monitor Prison Office
    Vincent Friell
    Red Screw
    Lawrie Ventry
    White Screw
    Alexander Morton
    Don Winters
    Jamie Morton
    Young Don
    Denise MacDonald
    Larry’s Sister
    Annie Louise Ross
    Terry Cavers
    Hospital Nurse
    Matthew Costello
    Castle Warden
    Tom Beech
    Boy in Bed
    Carlton Dixon
    John Kazek
    Young Soldier
    Frank Mannion (II)
    Neil Packham
    David Hayman
    Larry Winters
    Book as Source Material
    Bill Beech
    Jane Beech
    Paddy Higson (II)
    Alan Fountain
    Executive Producer
    Colin McCabe
    Executive Producer
    Ben Gibson
    Executive Producer
    Alan J. Wands
    Associate Producer
    Denis Crossan
    Director of Photography
    Justin Krish



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