At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells Goddard that he has accidentally murdered his friend Blakey and buried him in the forest. When Goddard investigates the matter, he finds a buried scarecrow. Goddard is outraged, but, due to the seal of confession, he knows he cannot expel Stanfield. Shortly after, Stanfield once again enters the confession booth, telling Goddard that what before was a practical joke, he has now made happen. In disbelief, Goddard once again goes to the forest to investigate the matter. This time, he discovers Blakey's dead body. The plot soon thickens as Stanfield's fellow student Arthur Dyson mysteriously disappears... Written by
Boyhood innocence. Deadly secrets. Burning truths.
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's biography Billy says of this film: "When they were filming the forest scene, Billy had to lie perfectly still wearing 'dead' make-up, half covered with leaves. Richard approached the body, to play the emotional moments of discovery, leant over the body and his face was a moving depiction of horror. However, Billy couldn't keep a straight face for his close-up because Richard Burton
had burst into song at the top of his voice 'I belong to Glasgow!'" See more
In the tennis match, a close shot of Benjie shows him serving whilst standing in the right service court (which would be illegal) but the long shot shows him serving from the baseline (legal). The score is 30-all, so he should be serving from the right side of the baseline, but is shown serving from the left side. See more
Pretty Sort of Treatment for a Military Man
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by the students
from "Patience or Bunthorne's Bride" See more