This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
Based on Freddie Machin’s acclaimed play, UK director Joe Stephenson’s debut feature follows Richard (Chambers) a young boy with learning difficulties living with his troubled brother Polly (Watkins) in a remote caravan in the Norfolk countryside.
A 15 year-old boy with learning difficulties, Richard, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, Polly, needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new landowner, and the electricity supply to their caravan is cut, their already precarious living conditions get even worse. Then a chance meeting with the new landowner's daughter, 17 year old Annabel (Yasmin Paige), leaves Richard besotted; whilst Polly befriends the guys who run a seedy traveling fair. Richard's optimistic view on life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain as Polly's abusive behavior worsens, family secrets are revealed, and he is torn between loyalty to his brother and his first true friend in Annabel.
At once tough and bleak, Stephenson’s assured film teases out the lyricism and optimism in the source material, bringing a distinctive visual sensibility to the film’s remote settings. Chambers and Watkins bring chemistry and pathos to the fraught drama and the film stands out from traditional British kitchen sink realism in its heightened, cinematic style.
"Scott Chambers gives a detailed and affecting performance as a young man with learning difficulties" ★★★★ The Guardian
Dir: Joe Stephenson
Cast: Scott Chambers, Morgan Watkins, Yasmin Paige.
Run time: 86 mins
Text supplied by third party.
Tell us more about this listing.