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In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They... See more »

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Miss Chauhan
Martin Walsh ...
Mr. Bennett
Steven M. Martin ...
Ryan McBride (as Steven Martin)
Andrew Fraser ...
Jayson
John Savage ...
Lenny
Scott Neal ...
Ste Pearce
Glen Berry ...
Jamie Gangel
Julie Smith ...
Gina
Linda Henry ...
Sandra Gangel
Jeillo Edwards ...
Rose
Tameka Empson ...
Leah Russell
Anna Karen ...
Marlene
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Ronnie Pearce
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Tony
Daniel Bowers ...
Trevor Pearce
Terry Duggan ...
Kevin
Sophie Stanton ...
Louise
Ozdemir Mamodeally ...
Slasher
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Rodney Barr
Davyd Harries ...
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Betty
Liane Ware ...
Claire
Catherine Sanderson ...
Kelly
Dave Lynn ...
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Jonathan Harvey ...
Wheelchair Queen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hettie Macdonald

Written by

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Jonathan Harvey ... (written by)
 
Jonathan Harvey ... (play)

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Tony Garnett ... producer
Bill Shapter ... producer

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John Altman ... (original music composed, conducted and arranged by)

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Chris Seager ... director of photography

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Don Fairservice

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Kimaathi Spence ... assistant editor

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Andy Pryor
Gail Stevens

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Mark Stevenson

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Chrysoula Sofitsi

Costume Design by

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Pam Tait

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Gilly Fiford ... assistant makeup artist
Elisa Johnson ... makeup designer
Pebbles ... chief hairdresser

Production Management

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Nick O'Hagan ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Victoria Goodall ... third assistant director
Jim Imber ... second assistant director (as James Imber)
Ben Johnson ... third assistant director
Susie Liggat ... first assistant director
Jim Wilkinson ... third assistant director

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David Fitzjohn ... stand-by painter (as Dave Fitzjohns)
Jane Henwood ... assistant art director
Guy Hunt ... construction manager
Andy Marr ... dressing props / stand-by props
Tom Pleydell-Pearce ... dressing props / stand-by props
Mike Power ... property master
Guy Rutter ... scenic artist
Nigel Salter ... prop hand
Sara Wan ... production buyer
Dave Williams ... stand-by carpenter
Ken Marples ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Greg Mason ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Kevin Brazier ... sound editor
Wayne Brooks ... sound editor
John Chandler ... boom operator: second unit
Piers Lawrance ... sound trainee: FT2
Paul Le Mare ... sound recordist: second unit
John Midgley ... sound mixer
David Old ... dubbing mixer
June Prinz ... boom operator
Julie Ankerson ... foley artist (uncredited)

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David Cronnelly ... stunt coordinator
Gabe Cronnelly ... stunt coordinator

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Jim Beeby ... gaffer
Billy Brooks ... best boy
Paul Chedlow ... still photographer
John Haylen ... gaffer
Jeremy Hiles ... operator: second unit
Peter Howard ... clapper loader: second unit (as Skip Howard)
Alex Howe ... focus puller: second unit
Dean Kennedy ... best boy
Drew Meldon ... rigger
Oona Menges ... clapper loader
Duncan Scott ... camera trainee: FT2
Kim Seber ... focus puller
Adrian Smith ... Steadicam operator
Colin Strachan ... grip
Alf Tramontin ... steadicam operator
John Whickman ... electrician
Gary Parnham ... additional electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eleanor Appleby ... wardrobe assistant
Charlotte Couchman ... wardrobe mistress

Location Management

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Jim Allan ... location manager
Sam Dundas ... location assistant
John Heald ... location assistant
Mark Sell ... location assistant
Barry Smith ... location manager
Howard Sykes ... location assistant

Transportation Department

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Bob O'Brien ... genny driver
Len O'Brien ... genny driver

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Jedd Aukin ... floor assistant
Danielle Brandon ... production coordinator
Fleur Fontaine ... assistant to producer
Susanna Lenton ... script supervisor
Nigel Marchant ... floor assistant
Richard McNeill ... assistant accountant
Linda Sherwood-Page ... titles
Harry Teacher ... production runner
Paul Van Der Weele ... production accountant
Jérôme Jouneaux ... press attache: France (uncredited)
Anya Noakes ... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A tender love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. Jamie, a relatively unpopular lad who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Ste, a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. Such an episode of violence brings Jamie and Ste together: Sandra (Jamie's mum) offers refugee to Ste, who has to 'top-and-tail' with Jamie. Hence, the story tells of their growing attraction for one another, from initial lingering glances to their irrefutable love, which so magnificently illustrated at the end of the film. It deals with the tribulations of coming to terms with their sexuality and of others finding out, in light of Sandra's unwavering loyalty and defence of Jamie and the fear of repercussion should Ste's family find out. The plot is set against sub-texts of Sandra's desire to manage her own pub, and thus escape the estate, and of her new relationship with her hippy boyfriend Tony; and of Leah, the brassy girl next door who has been expelled from school and spends her time listening to Mama Cass records and tripping on a variety of drugs. Written by Mark Edwards

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Taglines An urban fairytale. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Die erste Liebe - Beautiful Thing (Germany)
  • Die erste Liebe (Germany)
  • Mestna pravljica (Slovenia)
  • Uma Bela Atracção (Portugal)
  • Ensirakkaus (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 90 min
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Trivia On July 2013 filming location has been demolished as part of the Tavy Bridge regeneration project. See more »
Goofs The movie clearly states that it is the middle of the summer and supported by the fact that schools are still in attendance and the quote "It's the middle of the summer, its a heat-wave." However during the party scene, it is clearly dark outside but the clock on the wall as Jamie enters the house says 9:00. During British Summertime it would still very much be light at this time. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007). See more »
Soundtracks One Way Ticket See more »
Quotes Miss Chauhan: BALLS, Mr. Bennett!
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