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New Boy (2007)

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Captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy.

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Credited cast:
Olutunji Ebun-Cole ...
Simon O'Driscoll ...
Fionn O'Shea ...
Sinead Maguire ...
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Teacher Lady
Byron Kumbala ...
Joseph's Father
Sade Oyewole ...
Pamela
Daniel Culleton ...
Student 1
Karl Donovan ...
Student 2
Oisin Pollock ...
Student 3
Conor Kennedy ...
Student 4
Chukwudi Ugwu ...
Lead Soldier
Boye Karumwi ...
Armed Solder 1
Kayode Ayinde ...
Armed Soldier 2
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It's the first day of school in Ireland for Joseph, an African lad of about ten or 12. The teacher introduces him to the class, he sits, and as the day progresses he remembers moments of his schooling back home. Two of the boys in class start to tease and pick on him; he's stoic, ignoring them at first. He's defended by one of the girls in class. Recess approaches and one of the lads tells Joseph to watch out. How will the confrontation play out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Bit Too Obvious
8 March 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Joseph a new arrival at a school in Ireland has his first day in class and finds himself a target for bullying

Another Oscar nominated short but not one I've been blown away with . I should quickly add however that some of the shorts I've been treated to have been genuinely outstanding and have really raised the bar of my expectations . There's not much wrong with NEW BOY in itself just that it pales slightly in comparison with some others

Based upon a short story by Roddy Doyle it has a somewhat fractured storyline where it cuts from Rwanda in the very near recent past to contemporary Ireland . Where as some shorts draw you in and then twist your expectations 360 degrees this is one starts off hard edged and gritty then perhaps predictably feels the need to give the audience a nice warm feeling by the end which you can probably see coming as I did and it's a little bit too obvious . Despite it does have a trump card in the shape of Olutunji Ebun Cole and it's not often you see a child actor carry a film who hardly has a word of dialogue to speak . In fact considering nearly all the cast are child actors and if you feel like strangling them that's because you're supposed to want to strangle them so unlike some child actors they universally play their parts well


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