Synopsis: ***WARNING-MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** 'Fridge' takes place in the back yard of a Glasgow tenement. Two Neds are harassing a drunken 'jaikie' and an inebriated resident confronts them. A stand off takes place until one of the Neds shuts a young boy in an abandoned fridge. They leave but threaten to return and burn down the tenement. The residents try to open the fridge but are unsuccessful. Panic initially sets in as they fear the young boy will die. They try to find someone to phone the fire brigade but cannot. They sit down on the back steps and continue to drink from a half bottle of Buckfast Tonic Wine. They begin to bicker and the male loses his temper and sets off in search of more alcohol. His partner sits by the fridge and tries to comfort the trapped child. The 'jaikie' attacks and badly beats the woman. Her partner returns in a more drunken state and seeing the ongoing beating, attacks the 'jaikie'. One of the Neds returns and is told of the trapped child. With the Ned's help, th
Genre: Short, Thriller
Director(s): Peter Mullan
  6 wins.
20 min


Let's do it again!


- Hey, you!

- What?

You don't come from round here, do you?

F*** off.

All right, Charlie?

Hey, you!

Away back to your f***ing hostel,

you jakey [tramp] bastard, you!

You're going to get my toe

up your fanny, son.

Come on then, f***ing try it,

you prick!

You'd just better watch yourself, c*nt,

or you're going to end up like the

fireman down there. Know what I mean?

What are you staring at?

?? limp dick! Come on then! Try it!

I want you to!


If anyone wants to handle them, we have

the key and we allow them to handle them.

- These are the actual stones, they're not

replicas? - No, these are...

Wee Jonah's in here.

- What?

- Wee Jonah's in here.

He's greeting [crying].

- They've locked a boy in there.

- What?

There's a boy locked in there.

Right, come on, let him out.

Hey you two, f***ing let him

out of there.

No! You f***ing let him out!

We don't come from here, remember?

That's an evil wee bastard, that.

You'd better let him out.

F***ing leave him. Serves him right

for hanging about with those wee pricks.

- Let him out, he'll suffocate.

- You let him out.

- You're a miserable bastard, y'know that?

- What, I'm a miserable bastard?

Who's the one who's been

greeting all day, eh?

You know f***ing why.

Aye, I know.

Do you still love me, eh?

Aye, you're a romantic girl, Alice.

I'll give you that though.

All right, sir?

It's the fire brigade.

Stand well back from the door,

because we're coming in.

Slight technical hitch here sir,

be with you in a minute.


Alice, get over here.


Get up off your arse and get over here!

Put your fingers under there.

When I say "pull", try and

pull it open, all right?

You ready? Right, pull.


Try again. Pull!

F***ing hell! It's jammed solid.

Oh my god!

It's all right.

Wee man, can you hear me?

- What's he saying?

- Nothing.

- Dear god, he's dead!

- He's not dead!

Well how come you can't

hear anything then?

I can hear him greeting,

so he's not dead, all right?

Poor wee darling!

Get him out of there, Rudy,

get him f***ing out of there!

What the f*** do you think

I'm trying to do?

Wee man, we're going to have to

phone the fire brigade.

Just just keep calm, all right?

Can you hear me?

You get him to calm down, I'll get

somebody to phone the fire brigade.


It's all right, son.

I know how you feel.

I suffer really bad from claustrophobia.

Lifts, trains...

buses, even shops.

I hate them.

I hate being shut in.

You just sit back and relax, all right?

All right?

They lock their doors but they don't

clean their middens. Manky bastards!

Excuse me! Excuse me, pal!

Can you phone the fire brigade?

There's a boy trapped in there!

Excuse me!

That nearly took my f***ing head off!


Rudy, get over here, quick!

See if that had touched me,

I'd have got it put down!

- He says he can't breathe!

- It's all right, it's all right.

It's not f***ing all right!

He can't breathe!

Get over there and pull. Pull!

Oh, would somebody help us, please!

- What are you doing?

- I'm trying to get him some air.

- I saw it in a film.

- What film?

I don't know what f***ing film.

F*** sake. What film?

Wee man, get your face up close to it.

Breathe! Get the air. Do you hear me?

- Do you think he's all right?

- I don't know.

Are you all right, son?

He blew in my ear!

He blew in my ear.

- Tell him he's to suck, not blow.

- You're a crude bastard.

I need a drink.

What about the fire brigade?

Did you finish this, b*tch?

What have I told you about doing that?

What have I told you?

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Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan (; born 2 November 1959) is a Scottish actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role in Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe (1998), for which he won Best Actor Award at 1998 Cannes Film Festival and The Claim (2000). He is also winner of the World Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performances at 2011 Sundance Film Festival for his work on Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur (2011). Mullan appeared as supporting or guest actor in numerous cult movies, including Riff-Raff (1991), Braveheart (1995), Trainspotting (1996), Young Adam (2003), Children of Men (2006), War Horse (2011) and the Harry Potter film series (2010–11). Mullan is an acclaimed art house movie director. He won a Golden Lion at 59th Venice International Film Festival for The Magdalene Sisters, listed by many critics among the best films of 2003 and nominated for BAFTA Award for Best British Film and European Film Award for best film, and a Golden Shell at San Sebastián International Film Festival for Neds. He is the only person to win top prizes both for acting (Cannes best actor award) and for the best film (Golden lion for The Magdalene Sisters) at major European film festivals. In television, Mullan appeared in Gerard Lee's and Jane Campion's acclaimed miniseries Top of the Lake as one of the main characters, head of the Mitcham family and father of Tui Mitcham, whose disappearance is the main topic of the series. He was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for his work in the series. He played a lead role in the 2008 ITV series The Fixer. In 2017, he appeared in the Netflix series Ozark opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Since 2016, Mullan has starred in the BBC Two sitcom Mum. In 2018, he stars in the second season of HBO's Westworld. Mullan is also politically active, supporting left-wing causes and protests. more…

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