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Lad: A Yorkshire Story (2013)

A teenage boy forms a friendship with a park ranger in the Yorkshire Dales after the death of his father.


Dan Hartley


Dan Hartley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bretten Lord Bretten Lord ... Tom Proctor
Nancy Clarkson Nancy Clarkson ... Sarah Proctor
Liam Thomas ... David Proctor
Robert Hayes Robert Hayes ... Nick Proctor (as Rob Hayes)
Alan Gibson Alan Gibson ... Al Thorpe
Molly McGlynn ... Lucy Shean
Oliver Exley Oliver Exley ... Sean Ackerthwaite (as Oli Exley)
Nick Fawcett Nick Fawcett ... Farmer Blight
Mario Demetriou Mario Demetriou ... PC Stephen Baxter
Josephine Timmins Josephine Timmins ... WPC Eccles (as Joey Timmins)
John Hayes John Hayes ... Quarry Foreman
Rita Davies ... Bookshop Owner
Alex Froom Alex Froom ... Postman
Richard Sails Richard Sails ... Headmaster
Mitch Low Mitch Low ... New Ranger


A teenage boy forms a friendship with a park ranger in the Yorkshire Dales after the death of his father.

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From the heart of a boy comes the story of a man




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Release Date:

5 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lad: A Short Film See more »


Box Office


$160,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The film is dedicated to the memory of Al Boughen, 1933-2010, the real-life park ranger who inspired the character of Al Thorpe, and who was mentor to director Dan Hartley when he was a teenager, in the same way that Al Thorpe is to Tom Proctor in the film. See more »


[Tom is working for Al, the National Park ranger. He doesn't want to be there and thinks it is a waste of time. Al shows him how to saw a length of wood for a new stile he is making]
Al Thorpe: You ever used a saw before, lad?
Tom Proctor: [sullenly] Maybe.
Al Thorpe: Aye. Come over here and I'll show you how.
[Al rests his hand on the wood with his thumb sticking out. He rests the blade of the saw against the tip of his thumb]
Al Thorpe: See how I use me thumb to guide it.
Tom Proctor: [horrified] I could cut me thumb off!
Al Thorpe: No you *won't*! Now listen! All ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove brief images of sexualised nudity during a scene in which some teenage boys look at a pornographic magazine, with brief sight of fully naked women posing in a sexual fashion. In order to obtain a 12A classification, an uncut 15 classification was available. See more »

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11 August 2018 | by startrekfan72See all my reviews

This is a very thought invoking film, with many layers of thought going on hear, you have a family that has been torn apart by gut wrenching loss and heart ache, in the loss of their father and Husband, the hardest hit is Tom the youngest at thirteen he felt the brunt of the responsibility for his family as his Brother went off to the Army, he was left to fend for the family having to sell his prized rock collection to send his mother to tractor trailer school, that took heart to do, and steeling that tractor and spreading crap on the bank took wat the Greek,s call Th'rros Guts and courage, and I would say that boy has it in spades, this is a coming of age story for the whole family but will take your full attention because of the Upper Highlands accents, this a one for the whole family no bad language at ,east that we can understand. I would give it a rating of PG loosely. worth a watch

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