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Strumpet (film)

Strumpet is a British television film made by the BBC and released on 1 January 2001, though it was also included in several International Film Festivals.[1][2] It was directed by Danny Boyle, written by Jim Cartwright, and stars Christopher Eccleston, Jenna G and Stephen Walters.[3] The film score was composed by John Murphy.[4]

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Directed by Danny Boyle
Produced by Jim Cartwright
Written by Jim Cartwright
Starring Christopher Eccleston
Jenna G
Music by John Murphy
Cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle
Destiny Films
Distributed by BBC Two
Release date
  • 10 July 2001 (2001-07-10)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English



The film features a poet named Strayman (played by Christopher Eccleston) who lives with a pack of stray dogs in a rough estate in a town of Northern England. He meets a young woman he calls Strumpet (played by singer Jenna G.), whom he rescues from a predatory man. Out of kindness, he takes her into his flat. He asks her to play guitar and he sings along from his poetry. Strayman's neighbour, Knockoff (played by Stephen Walters), overhears them and wants to represent their talent.[5] The pair land a record contract, face problems with the recording process and eventually are featured on the BBC's Top of the Pops.[6]


The film features Eccleston's recitation of "Evidently Chickentown" by John Cooper Clarke, as well as versions of the song Strayman and Strumpet perform together.[1]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Rupert (2001-08-10). "The Friday interview: Danny Boyle". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Strumpet". Stockholm Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  3. ^ Strumpet, retrieved 2018-06-13 
  4. ^ "Strumpet", British Film Institute, retrieved 19 December 2013  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Elley, Derek (2001-08-24). "Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise/Strumpet". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  6. ^ Strumpet (2001), retrieved 2018-06-13 

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