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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.

Director:

Steph Green

Writers:

Roddy Doyle (short story), Steph Green
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Cast

Credited cast:
Olutunji Ebun-Cole Olutunji Ebun-Cole ... Joseph
Simon O'Driscoll Simon O'Driscoll ... Christian Kelly
Fionn O'Shea ... Seth Quinn
Sinead Maguire Sinead Maguire ... Hazel O'Hara
Norma Sheahan ... Teacher Lady
Byron Kumbala Byron Kumbala ... Joseph's Father
Sade Oyewole Sade Oyewole ... Pamela
Daniel Culleton Daniel Culleton ... Student 1
Karl Donovan Karl Donovan ... Student 2
Oisin Pollock Oisin Pollock ... Student 3
Conor Kennedy Conor Kennedy ... Student 4
Chukwudi Ugwu Chukwudi Ugwu ... Lead Soldier
Boye Karumwi Boye Karumwi ... Armed Solder 1
Kayode Ayinde Kayode Ayinde ... Armed Soldier 2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Buggy Keith Buggy ... Boy in class
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Storyline

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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Short | Drama

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Details

Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2009 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Neue See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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Budget:

€74,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based on the short story by Roddy Doyle. See more »

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Rooting for The Kids
7 November 2010 | by moviechick1010See all my reviews

Director Steph Green's "Newboy" is a classic new-kid-on-the-block, fish-out-of-water narrative that comes alive through Cinematographer PJ Dillon's clean camera work and scene set-ups that literally catches both the vibrant warmth of Joseph's African homeland (and yet set against a chilling coldness of another sort) and the cold, grayness of Ireland (and yet a peculiar kind of warmth and care) which underscores the metaphor of an initial cultural clash. The expressiveness and humor of the brilliant and mainly child actors is stellar and it's they who will charm you and warm your heart.

Given the timelessness of the narrative (the success of the remake of "The Karate Kid" starring Jaden Smith comes to mind) this sort of 11 min. short should be the appetizer to films at the cinema for films geared to children, adults and those on their way to adulthood. This would be especially true in North American cinemas where it's difficult for films outside of certain cities to see great little films from overseas.

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