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Jessica
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Tom
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Sarah
Michael Erskine ...
Ian
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Jack
Judith Scott ...
Jessica's Mum
Michael Tucek ...
Gang Leader
Michael Power ...
Gang Sidekick
Daniel Bliss ...
Gang Boy
Adam Paul Harvey ...
Gang Boy
Craig Vye ...
Gang Boy
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Jessica's Dad
Emily Barrett ...
Nicola
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Father Felix
Jonathan Hackett ...
Tom's Dad
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A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused by his father. Together they bond in the woods, creating a private reality that no-one else can enter. Written by Gabriel Jones <gabrieljones@hotmail.com>

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Tom: What's your name?
[she walks off]
Tom: Hey, virgin, what's your name?
Jessica: Stupid!
Tom: What's your name?
Jessica: What's yours?
Tom: Tom. So...
Jessica: It's a secret.
Tom: Alright.
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Written by Kevin Rowland, James Paterson and Kevin Adams
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Superb, disturbing film
20 December 2004 | by (Birmingham, UK) – See all my reviews

A fascinating and disturbing study of two damaged teenagers who find solace in each other's company.

This is what film is all about. The use of hand-held DV - the unselfconscious performances of the two leads - the harsh portrayal of the selfish acts of cruelty perpetrated by unthinking adults on vulnerable, impressionable children. I love this film, but I could barely watch it at times.

The two leads reminded me of a young Joanne Whalley (Jenna Harrison should go far if there's any justice in the film industry) and a seriously unhinged Lee Evans without any of the comedy - just his style of manic lashing out.

Spoiled on its UK TV airing by the booming Channel 4 Big Brother voice ruining the mood over the credits. Channel 4 seems happy to destroy the end of its own movies. Sad.

8 out of 10. At least. Should be shown in schools.


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