Pure (2002 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon
Produced by Howard Burch
Written by Alison Hume
Starring Molly Parker
Harry Eden
Keira Knightley
Edited by Pia Di Ciaula
Distributed by Indican Pictures
Release date
  • 15 November 2002 (2002-11-15)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.



Berlin International Film Festival

  • Won: Manfred Salzgeber Award (Gillies MacKinnon)
  • Won: Manfred Salzgeber Award - Special Mention (Harry Eden)

Emden International Film Festival

  • Won: Emden Film Award

British Independent Film Awards 2003

  • Won: Most Promising Newcomer(Harry Eden)

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