12 certificateDear Frankie is a Film programme that first aired in 2004 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Dear Frankie is a 4 star programme

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Dear Frankie (2004)

Directed by
Shona Auerbach

This charming, poignant and well-acted Scottish drama - the first feature from director Shona Auerbach - is quite a tearjerker. Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) is a single mum who is trying to protect her deaf son Frankie (Jack McElhone) from the truth about his abusive father and why they've run away from him. Constantly on the move, the boy continues to correspond by letter to his supposed father, but all is not what it seems.

His mother has invented a story that his father is away at sea, and she collects the boy's letters and fakes the replies. But with his father's boat about to dock in their new hometown on the Scottish coast, his mother must decide whether to tell Frankie the truth or find someone to play his father.

Powerful performances all round, especially from Mortimer and Gerald Butler, the man who pretends to be Frankie's dad.


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Genre: Film

Running Time: 101 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2004

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour


Image for Emily MortimerEmily Mortimer...Lizzie
Jack McElhone...Frankie
Mary Riggans...Nell
Image for Sharon SmallSharon Small...Marie
Sophie Main...Serious Girl
Katy Murphy...Miss MacKenzie
Sean W.T. Brown...Ricky Monroe
Jayd Johnson...Catriona
Anna Hepburn...Headmistress
Rony Bridges...Post Office Clerk
Douglas Stewart Wallace...Stamp Shop Keeper
Elaine M. Ellis...Librarian
Carolyn Calder...Barmaid
Image for Gerard ButlerGerard Butler...The Stranger
John Kazek...Ally