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RICHARD, 15 with learning difficulties, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, POLLY, needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new ... See full summary »

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Joe Stephenson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Chambers ... Richard
Morgan Watkins ... Polly
Yasmin Paige ... Annabell
Kirsty Besterman Kirsty Besterman ... Mrs. Rickson
Stuart Keil Stuart Keil ... Mr. Rickson
Freddie Machin Freddie Machin ... Scrap Yard Owner
Gina Bramhill ... Tara
Alf Raines Alf Raines ... Pub Landlord
Johnny Vercoutre Johnny Vercoutre ... Pub Customer
Adrian Bouchet ... Bill
Rose Williams ... Lil
Ben Mars ... Kevin
Michael Culkin ... McClint
Danny Steele Danny Steele ... Electrician
Alex Murphy Alex Murphy ... Bloodied Man
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RICHARD, 15 with learning difficulties, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, POLLY, needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new landowner, and the electricity supply to their caravan is cut, their already precarious living conditions get even worse. Then a chance meeting with the new landowner's daughter, 17 year old ANNABEL (Yasmin Paige), leaves RICHARD besotted; whilst POLLY befriends the guys who run a seedy traveling fair. Richards optimistic view on life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain as Polly's abusive behavior worsens, family secrets are revealed, and he is torn between loyalty to his brother and his first true friend in ANNABEL. For better or worse, Richards life is about to change forever. Written by Anonymous

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Director Joe Stephenson had Scott Chambers and Morgan Watkins, who play brothers in the film, write biographies from the perspective of their characters. For instance, Stephenson would propose a shared event: say, a familial argument, and have Chambers and Watkins describe their respective reactions. This process is attributed to helping them gain a keener understanding of their roles. See more »

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An emotionally good insight to mental health on the edge of society
15 April 2017 | by gazmar62See all my reviews

This is an emotional drama about a 15 year old boy, Richard, who has learning difficulties, he lives with Polly, his brother? he is a pikey/gypsy? with a liquid diet. They are struggling to live in in a small dilapidated caravan on a farm that has just been sold to new owners. Richard lives in his own world while Polly scavenges for work where he can. Richard's best friend is a Chicken called Fiona, his other friends are dead (roadkill) animals. Then along comes the daughter of the new owners of the farm, Annabell who befriends Richard. The performances by Scott Chambers -Richard, Yasmin Page -Annabell and Morgan Watkins -Polly are quite remarkable and show promise as future great British talent. This really touched me on a personal level and I couldn't hold back the tears at the end. A beautifully sad story, well worth seeing.


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