A troubled boy (Steven Mackintosh) endures physical abuse by the staffers at a children's home.

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Davey
Jaye Griffiths ...
Elaine
Maria Pride ...
Pauline
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Joanne Hallows
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Angela
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Tony Collins
Huw Davies ...
DC Price
William Ivory ...
DS Devlin
Andrew Seear ...
Weber
David Sibley ...
Cashman
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Clerk of the Court
Jason W. May ...
Older Terry (as Jason May)
Gareth Potter ...
Older Boy
Helen Griffin ...
Pauline's Mum
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15-year old Davey Younger is sent to Glenavon care home for boys in Wales where he is subjected to sexual abuse by two of the staff and a visiting magistrate. The adult Davey, married with children, is approached by television journalist Elaine Hughes after sympathetic councillor Tony Collins has ordered an investigation into the historic abuse but Davey is reluctant to dig up the past that he has kept from his wife. Arrests are made but Davey is convinced that any allegations against the magistrate will not be believed. However he agrees to testify against him in court, though the result is not to everybody's advantage. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Unbearably sad with a harrowing performance by Steven Mackintosh
1 August 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am not sure what the previous reviewer meant by saying that something in this film was amusing. Amusing it is not. But it grabs you and pulls you in and you can't stop watching. Steven Mackintosh is superb and his last scene was so sad. The loyal strength of his girlfriend is also immensely touching.

Quite a number of important points are made about problems like child abuse. The most important is the way lawyers and insurance companies can push an organisation into a cover-up. Another is that, hard as this might be to accept, Davey and the others would have been better off if the case had never been investigated. It is giving evidence and not being believed which pushes him to the edge, not the original abuse. A terrible dilemma.


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