Peter Mullan takes the directorial helm once again in his third feature length film, returning to 1970 Glasgow in NEDS (which stands for 'Non-Educated Delinquents'), a personal but not autobiographical tale. John McGill is a confident young man, an academic genius and full of potential, however dark clouds lie ahead for him. A poor background, dysfunctional home, an alcoholic father and a repressed mother, are at the root of the problems heading the young man way. His school has one or two good teachers, but most are uninterested and unhelpful in the face of bullying and overwhelming gang culture which has spread from local housing estates to the schoolyard.
Director, Peter Mullan, poses the fateful question; can John transcend the destiny of his grim surroundings and make something of himself?