The Scouting Book for Boys (15)

BEST friends David and Emily love their carefree life on a coastal caravan park. When David learns that Emily is being forced to move away, he helps her hide out in a remote cave on the beach. But their innocent secret soon becomes complicated, as David

BEST friends David and Emily love their carefree life on a coastal caravan park. When David learns that Emily is being forced to move away, he helps her hide out in a remote cave on the beach.

But their innocent secret soon becomes complicated, as David watches the police close in on his missing friend.

When the real reason Emily wants to escape comes to light, David's world is shattered. Swept up in a situation out of his control, and with his feelings for his best friend growing stranger by the day, David is forced to take action.

Thomas Turgoose (This is England) and Holliday Grainger star in THE SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS (15), a coming-of-age love story with a twist.


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The story had been brewing in writer Jack Thorne's head for almost 17 years.

He says he had long wanted to write about a young man negotiating the complex transformation from childhood into manhood, but it was when he read Robbie Williams' autobiography, Somebody Someday in 2002 that he found a world within which to explore David's story.

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He says: "It [the book] was about his dad being an entertainer on a caravan park, and I got really interested by the idea of what that was like."

Because the film is about a relationship, it was important to get the right actors.

Producer Ivana MacKinnon said: "Right from the very beginning, it was clear that Tomo and Holli had a connection. That was one of the most important things for the film, because without that connection, without that chemistry, the film doesn't work."

Director Tom Harper agrees: "Holli and Tomo are very instinctive actors - they don't have classical training, they just read the script and go for it. Because of that, it was important to me that we didn't push the script too hard - I wanted to just focus on their relationship and them getting to know each other and becoming friends.

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