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Cruel Summer (2016)

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Young Autism sufferer Danny enjoys the serenity and solitude of camping. That's all about to change when enraged teens Nicholas, Calvin and Julia find him, each with their own agenda for wanting to see Danny suffer.
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Cast overview:
Danny Miller Danny Miller ... Nicholas
Reece Douglas Reece Douglas ... Calvin
Natalie Martins Natalie Martins ... Julia
Gary Knowles Gary Knowles ... Danny's Dad
Grace Dixon Grace Dixon ... Danny's Mum
Thomas Conning Thomas Conning ... Shop Keeper (as Thomas 'Verb T' Conning)
Richard Pawulski ... Danny
Leah Rees Leah Rees ... Calvin's Mum
Sabrina Dickens ... Girlfriend / Lisa (voice)
Josh Hopkins Josh Hopkins ... Arcade Teenager
Melanie Stephens Melanie Stephens ... Calvin's Mum (voice)
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Danny (Richard Pawulski), a teenager with autism, escapes the inner city for the beautiful countryside as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Little does he know, that bitter Nicholas (Danny Miller) is hunting him, stemming from a lie created by the enamoured and envious Julia (Natalie Martins) and Calvin (Reece Douglas). As the three close in on Danny, Nicholas' behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent, and Julia and Calvin must decide whether to go through with Nicholas' deadly plan.

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One Day Changes Everything

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27 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Жестокое лето See more »

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Written by Josef Prygodzicz & Faye Gibson
Performed by Winter Villains
Appears courtesy of Barely Regal Records
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Very unsettling but for a small budget film very impressive
2 July 2017 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

Cruel Summer is very much along the lines of Eden Lake. A young adult with autism goes camping for his Duke of Edinburgh award to find himself at the mercy of a young thug with revenge on his mind.

This is a small budget film and a simple plot but nevertheless it's extremely well made and always engrossing if exceptionally uncomfortable viewing. I thought it was very realistic and all the actors involved did a great job. Danny Miller has received rave reviews for his performances in the British soap Emmerdale and it is clear that he is a hugely talented actor that if he wants can go far. The rest of the cast are less well known but all convince.

I found this quite emotionally draining and pretty upsetting and it will live long in the mind. The fact things like this happen makes it all the more sad. The ending was heartbreaking and beautifully done.

This is an unsettling film and not a film to necessarily enjoy as such and therefore won't appeal to everyone. Still for those with the stomach for it this is a brutal but impressive film.


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