7 Miles Out

Carol Morley
When I got out of the car he said, 'Do you have everything?' And I just said, 'Yeah,' or something equally dull and not really fit for being the last thing you ever say to your father... I stood and waved as he drove away. I watched his car turn right onto Hempshaw Lane. I watched him disappear.

Ever since then I've been looking for clues.

1977. Manchester is on the verge of becoming the underground music capital of the world and seven miles away in Stockport, eleven-year-old Ann is on the verge of something equally big: puberty. Then one morning her dad takes her to school, drives away and kills himself.

While her mother tries to makes sense of her grief, Ann seeks out the company of others. From runaway punks to charismatic clairvoyants, the people she meets give her insight into the strange new world around her. Growing up in the long shadow of her father's death, Ann discovers her own way to live.

From acclaimed film-maker Carol Morley, this is a raw, darkly funny and powerful story of how a life can be brought back from the brink.

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More about Carol Morley

Carol Morley was born in 1966 in Stockport and is the younger sister of the music journalist Paul Morley. She has written and directed a number of films. These include her BAFTA-nominated The Alcohol Years, about her wild days on the Manchester music scene and the critically acclaimed Film Four and BFI backed Dreams of a Life, about the life of thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent who was found in her London flat three years after she died. Her BBC and BFI film The Falling, about a mysterious fainting epidemic in a 1969 school, which stars Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake and Greta Scaachi, is due for UK cinema release in April 2015.