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Roddy Doyle (short story)
Steph Green
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Release Date:
27 February 2009 (Mexico) See more »
Captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins See more »
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  (in credits order)
Olutunji Ebun-Cole ... Joseph
Simon O'Driscoll ... Christian Kelly
Fionn O'Shea ... Seth Quinn
Sinead Maguire ... Hazel O'Hara

Norma Sheahan ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Buggy ... Boy in class

Directed by
Steph Green 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roddy Doyle  short story
Steph Green 

Produced by
Tamara Anghie .... producer
Original Music by
Len Arran 
Cinematography by
P.J. Dillon 
Film Editing by
Lee Hickey 
Production Design by
Francis Taaffe 
Costume Design by
Sandra Burns 
Production Management
Eamonn Cleary .... production team
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Griffin .... first assistant director
Anna Harrison .... third assistant director
Art Department
Eleonora McNamara .... co-art director
Sound Department
Robert Flanagan .... production sound mixer
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Garret Baldwin .... gaffer
David O'Connor .... grip
Adam Tsan .... key grip
Other crew
Sara Eavan .... production coordinator (as Sara White)
Kieran Hennessy .... location manager
Tom Maguire .... production accountant

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USA:11 min | Ireland:11 min
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A Bit Too Obvious, 8 March 2014
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

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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