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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 ... 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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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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A fantastic, and very British, drama
21 November 2014 | by mw-clarksonSee all my reviews

"When Tom Proctor's dad dies, his world falls apart; his brother joins the army, his mum is threatened with eviction and Tom faces criminal prosecution after spreading manure over the local bank. All this changes however when Tom meets park ranger Al Thorpe in this inspiring story of two individuals overcoming adversity and finding true friendship."

The film is beautifully shot, and the landscapes alone are well worth 96 minutes of your time (Dan Mackie has won several awards for his cinematography in 'Lad').

The story tugs on the heartstrings in all the right places - you'll laugh, you'll cry, and above all you'll find the characters utterly compelling and believable. There's some wonderful comedic moments to counterpoint the emotional challenges facing the Tom and his mum, and Al's grand-daughter makes a very welcome appearance (certainly as far as Tom's concerned).

As a first time film-maker Dan Hartley does a brilliant job and the cast are both believable and engaging throughout, avoiding the trap of overplaying their roles. The film has won numerous awards at film festivals across the world and justifiably so.

I'm only sad that the film didn't find a mainstream distributor to get it into more cinemas.

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Release Date:

5 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lad: A Short Film See more »


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$160,000 (estimated)
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