The Scouting Book for Boys

Synopsis: Best friends David and Emily enjoy their carefree life in a coastal caravan park. When they learn that Emily is being forced to move away, David he agrees to help her hide out in a remote cave on the beach. Emily's absence soon becomes complicated, as David watches the effect on her family and police suspect one of their neighbors of involvement. When Emily tells David the real reason she wants to hide, his world is shattered. With his complex feelings for Emily growing stronger due to their shared hidden existence, David takes action.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Tom Harper
Production: Celador Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- don't want to be a cloud.

Ice-cream break? got money.

Actually, that was...

need to take you to your mum's.

It's probably nothing, Ems.

- How did she sound?

- It's probably nothing.

Let's just go, yeah?

It's written

all over your slapper face!

Don't know

why they chose him, sweetheart.

Why would...?

want you here with me.

So have to move in with him

because you're not good enough?

- Was good enough.

- You lost!

That means that officially you're not!

Tried my best. You little cow!

Little cow?

- You're the slag!

- I'll talk to her.

Could as well, if...

I'm a good mother!

Her dad won't look after her any better.

You tell her she'll apologise to me.

He's broken me in half, taking her.

You can f*ck off an' all.

No, it's just...

- When's she got to go?

- Oh, f*ck off, David!

- You look like a penguin.

- Yeah?

Spoke to Dad this afternoon.

- Yeah?

- Swap.

Said, if he wants me that much,

why don't he come here to live?

- Do you know what he said?

- That he's got a job so he can't?

"There's are great schools round here.

You'd be happy. "

"You could have David to stay

whenever you liked. "



Right, staff kids are barred.

Come on, Betty.

You know you love us.

If you were paying, there would be

no problem, but you are not,

and so management

will be after my ares.



- Doesn't she count them for resale?

- Do care?

It'll be good for your tongue, this.


Can't go. love it here.


Love it here.


It's just...

You know the place you know,

don't you?

Get this place.

was a kid in this place.

Oh, they can't do this to me.

It's not fair.

You'll make friends.

Loads of new mates and all that.

Well, you're rubbish with new people.

You won't make any new friends.

I'll talk to Steve.

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Jack Thorne

Jack Thorne (born 6 December 1978) is an English screenwriter and playwright. Born in Bristol, England, he has written for radio, theatre and film. Thorne began his TV career writing on Shameless and Skins, before writing Cast Offs in 2009. He has since created the shows Glue, The Last Panthers, and Kiri. He has won five BAFTA awards: Best Mini-Series for This is England ’88, Best Drama Series for The Fades, Best Single for Don’t Take My Baby, Best Serial for This is England ’90 and Best Original Series for National Treasure (starring Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough).Thorne’s feature film credits include The Scouting Book for Boys, War Book, A Long Way Down, and Wonder (starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson). Thorne is also a prolific playwright having written the critically acclaimed The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Hope, and adaptations of Let The Right One In, Woyzeck (starring John Boyega) and A Christmas Carol (starring Rhys Ifans). He also wrote the stage play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child based on an original story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2017 and the 2018 Tony Award for Best Play. more…

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