The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song

Christy Garland, Denmark, 2014

72 min.DK/Documentary

This story takes place in a country you only rarely hear about - Guyana in South America. A country first colonized by the Dutch and then by the British. Guyana has a history of slavery and racial tensions, which have left the country with a legacy of alcoholism, violence and poverty. Families throughout the country are struggling to cope with these issues. The alcoholism is often left untreated and pops up again in generations. Despite all this, the protagonist Muscle decides to confront the problem. He is torn by guilt, but is still convinced that only by keeping his alcoholic mother Mary locked up, is he able to save her life. Mary, however, sees the situation differently and is constantly begging Muscle to let her out, be with the family and continue drinking.
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Original title The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song
Danish title Bastardens smukke sang
Keywords South America, Alcohol abuse, Poverty, Alcoholics, Mother-son relationship, Parent-child relation, Rehab
Director Christy Garland
Producer Chris Bennett, Christy Garland
Director of Photography Justin Lovell
Editor Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Composer Tom Third
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language English
Production company Murmur Film
International sales
TV release 24.02.2014, DR 2
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Murmur Film
Co-production Pausefilm ApS, Final Cut for Real ApS
With support from Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Ars Council, Det Danske Filminstitut, DR


Direction Christy Garland


Producer Chris Bennett
Producer Christy Garland
Executive producer Daniel Iron
Co-producer Louise Køster
Coordinator: post-production Jakob Schaumburg


Cinematographer Justin Lovell


Editor Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Editing supervisor Molly Malene Stensgaard


Music Tom Third

Visual effects

Colourist Tobias Grundahl Ottosen

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