Directed by Jake Gavin
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87 Minutes
United Kingdom
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A portrait of an invisible man and an authentic account of homelessness within contemporary Britain, Hec McAdam is at once a powerful character study and an insight into the lives of those on the margins. Hec has been living around the motorways with transient friends for years. After so long on the move, he hopes to have left his past far behind. We follow his annual pilgrimage, on the roads and in the cities, from Scotland to a shelter in London to be with his temporary Christmas family . But his clock is ticking and he is compelled to try to reconnect with his real family he last saw 15 years before.


  • Peter Mullan
  • Keith Allen
  • Natalie Gavin
  • Highest Rating
    "Hector, a heartfelt road movie driven by a tremendous performance from Ken Loach regular Peter Mullan, is an assured debut feature from writer-director Jake Gavin."
    Matthew Anderson, CineVue
  • Highest Rating
    "The spirit of Ken Loach hangs over this surprisingly warm and rewardingly aware tale of homelessness at Christmas."
    Mark Kermode, The Observer (UK)
  • Highest Rating
    "Writer-director Jake Gavin's debut feature is touching, superbly acted, and if you can find it, well worth seeing."
    Brian Viner, Daily Mail
  • Highest Rating
    "Jake Gavin writes and directs and makes an impressive debut with an uplifting and refreshingly watchable picture. Peter Mullan gives the most unexpectedly touching performance."
    Matthew Bond, The Mail on Sunday
  • Highest Rating
    "Mullan makes the film a delight by portraying the mysterious yet friendly Hector with great warmth. It's a movie which will remind you that Christmas is a time for family and giving."
    Grant Rollings, The Sun
  • Highest Rating
    "Mullan's exceptional, the film warm, unfussy and moving."
    Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
  • Highest Rating
    "Hector is the best Christmas film out this year."
    Kate Muir, The Times
  • Highest Rating
    "It's wonderful, uplifting stuff, and full of the true spirit of Christmas."
    Yasmin Sulaiman, The List
  • Highest Rating
    "Gavin's achievement here is to craft a drama that conveys the hard-knock realities of homelessness while maintaining a gentle, wry and sometimes humorous tone...."
    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "Mullan is utterly compelling - the must-see Christmas film of 2015."
    Richard Purden, The Irish Post

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