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The Scouting Book for Boys [DVD]

Holliday Grainger , Rafe Spall , Tom Harper    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Holliday Grainger, Rafe Spall, Susan Lynch, Thomas Turgoose, Steven Mackintosh
  • Directors: Tom Harper
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003U2TCAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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British director Tom Harper's debut feature is a coming-of-age drama/thriller. Teenagers David (Thomas Turgoose) and Emily (Holly Grainger) have grown up together in a caravan park on the windswept Norfolk coast. When it emerges that Emily is to be sent away against her will to live with her father, David agrees to help her hide out in a remote cave on the beach. But as fears grow that Emily has been kidnapped and a large-scale police search gets underway, David finds himself swept up in a situation out of his control and resorts to drastic measures to protect his friend. Steven Mackintosh and Rafe Spall co-star.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: When David (Thomas Turgoose - This is England) discovers that his best friend Emily is being forced to leave their caravan park home, he agrees to help her run away. But after their plan starts to unravel, secrets come to light that transform his life in ways he never imagined. ...The Scouting Book for Boys

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scouting Book For Boys review 25 Aug 2010
Having spent a large part of their childhood together living on a caravan park, David (Thomas Turgoose) finds his life in turmoil at the prospect of Emily (Holliday Grainger) having to move away. The pair concoct a plan to keep Emily hidden away from her parents, but when the police get involved in her disappearance, David must perform the role of the worried friend whilst also shielding Emily from the truth about his feelings for her.

They've been friends for years at the park, but just as his affections have grown for her, her attention has drifted towards an older man. David's devotion to her is 100%. He'll do anything to be with her, including some increasingly dark things. Emily confines herself to a nearby cave with no source of food or warmth except that what David provides for her. In many ways this dependence is what David has always wanted from their relationship. Emily may have eyes for Steve (Rafe Spall), but David is certain he can provide what she needs.

This British film is not your average teen romance, landing somewhere between a junior Bonnie and Clyde thriller and a Lynne Ramsey/Shane Meadows drama. I was initially a bit put off because of the title, and I thought I'd seen enough coming of age films this year. But I'm glad I decided to give it a go, because this really was something different and unexpected.

Thomas Turgoose has a fantastically sullen face that's perfect for playing the lovesick puppy. He's consistently proving himself to be adept at playing your average British kid. Holliday Grainger is very sweet as the forthright but innocent young Lolita, and has exactly the kind of character David would fall in love with. There's more to this film than its dysfunctional romance, but to give too much away would spoil it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but a little far fetched 14 April 2011
Generally watchable with some wonderful performances (Thomas Turgoose, as ever, perfecting the hang-dog faced hopeless adolescent). Reminded me very much of a Shane Meadows film, especially the character Steve, played by Rafe Spall - close your eyes and he could have been Paddy Considine. Emily (Holly Grainger) also very believable but really annoying! Steven MacKintosh's part was a bit comically random though. Some gaping holes in the plot and a rather overly dramatic ending involving David that just didnt wash with how his character had been developing. If you like "Fish Tank" and its ilk - you will like this - however - there's no comedy, not even black comedy, here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Intimate and intriguing portrayal..." 15 May 2012
By Sindri
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English-born director Tom Harper`s feature film debut which was written by English screenwriter Jack Thorne, was shot on various locations in Norfolk, England and premiered at the 57th San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2009. It is a UK production which was produced by Christian Colson and Ivana MacKinnon. It tells the story about David who lives on his own at a caravan park by the coast in the low-lying county of Norfolk. David spends most of his time with Emily, a same-aged girl who acts older than she really is and who lives with her mother. David and Emily share a unique bond and are in some ways like inseparable siblings, but their friendship is put to the ultimate test when they learn that Emily has to leave the caravan park to go and live with her father. Instead of coming to terms with Emily`s parents decision, they plot out a way to prevent it from happening and has Emily hiding in a cave nearby. Initially their plan works out fine, but when Emily`s mother and a security guard named Steve begins to worry that Emily has gone missing, the police are contacted and Emily tells David a secret that changes his perception of Emily and their relationship.

Finely and acutely directed by first-time filmmaker Tom Harper, this well-paced and compassionately narrated fictional tale which is told from the protagonist`s point of view, draws an intimate and intriguing portrayal of an unconditional friendship that evolves into an emotional conflict. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and the fine cinematography by cinematographer Robbie Ryan, this character-driven and narrative-driven thriller contains some profound scenes between the two main characters, a brilliant score by English-born television, theatre and film composer Jack C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive British Debut Film 2 Dec 2011
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Tom Harper's 2009 directing debut The Scouting Book For Boys provides a welcome relief from the usual dross that one is confronted with when looking at the films offered by the UK's multiplex cinemas (which are the only cinema films that 99% of the UK population ever get to see). Whilst Harper's film is certainly not without its flaws it makes a brave (and largely successful) attempt at providing an engaging narrative, which is rooted in the real world.

Thomas Turgoose provides another strong performance (following those he has delivered for Shane Meadows) as the central character David who embarks on an ambitious ploy in an attempt to prevent his best friend Emily (well played by Holliday Grainger in one of her first major film roles) being forced to leave the caravan park they both inhabit. The two central characters are well supported by Susan Lynch, who is typically superb as Emily's hysterical mother Sharon, Rafe Spall as the object of Emily's growing infatuation and Steven Mackintosh as the local police officer.

Harper's direction is remarkably assured given his lack of big screen experience and he creates a light, almost wistful, atmosphere in the early stages of the film which bely the subsequent, darker plot twists.

For such an assured film debut it was a travesty that the film received such a limited cinema distribution. I hope that Harper does not feel that he has to compromise his film choices in order to secure wider distribution - a dilemma faced by many of the most promising British film-makers such as Eran Creevy, Peter Mullan, Jamie Thraves, Richard Jobson and Peter Strickland.
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