My Childhood (1972)

  • Biography, Drama
  • 46min

As the Second World War draws to a close, eight-year-old Jamie and his cousin Tommy live with their frail grandmother in the mining town of Newcraighall. Scavenging for coal, they live a meagre and destitute life, struggling to get by. With his parents absent, and Tommy holding him at arm’s length, Jamie forms a connection with Helmuth, a German POW working in a nearby field. But as the situation hardens, Jamie’s relationships begin to strain.

The first film in the autobiographical trilogy by Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas about his early life, My Childhood uses real locations, non-professional actors, sparse dialogue, and smart editing to present a gritty realism in its exploration of child anguish.

“a high point of British cinematic tradition” IndieWire

“rarely if ever has such hardship, seeming hopelessness and social isolation been captured with such extraordinary cinematic poetry” Cinema Outsider


Bill Douglas


Scots, German





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